The Dark Blue World


1h 59m 2001

Brief Synopsis

It's 1950 and the height of the Cold War in Communist-ruled, post-war Czechoslovakia. Ex-RAF Czech pilot Franta Slama - a man in his early forties - is confined to a labour camp as an "enemy of the people", because he had flown for the RAF during WWII. The new totalitarian Communist regime deemed hi

Film Details

Also Known As
Dark Blue World, Tmavomodry Svet, Trmavomodry Svet
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Period
War
Release Date
2001
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics
Location
Germany; Dover, England, United Kingdom; Czech Republic; South Africa

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 59m

Synopsis

It's 1950 and the height of the Cold War in Communist-ruled, post-war Czechoslovakia. Ex-RAF Czech pilot Franta Slama - a man in his early forties - is confined to a labour camp as an "enemy of the people", because he had flown for the RAF during WWII. The new totalitarian Communist regime deemed him contaminated by the Western ideals of democracy and freedom and as such a potential threat to the State. Flashing back to 1939, just before world peace is irredeemably shattered. Franta congratulates his protege, fresh faced young trainee pilot Karel Vojtisek, for passing his flying test. Soon afterwards, Franta and Karel escape Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and reach England, where they join the RAF. Both men fall in love with the same woman, Susan. For Karel, Susan was his first love. But for both men, Susan will push their friendship to the limit.

Crew

Massoud A Abedi

Line Producer

Eric Abraham

Producer

Milena Adamova

Costumes

Adrian Ayres

Other

Roman Bandas

Construction Manager

Craig Banks

Driver

Jitka Bendova

Other

Jaroslav Betka

Gaffer

Magdalena Bicikova

Other

Jakob Bily

Location Manager

Karel Brezina

Assistant Director

Klara Bukovska

Unit Manager

Petr Cerny

Helicopter Pilot

Nada Chrastova

Costumes

Zbynek Chvojka

Propman

Renata Cihulkova

Production Assistant

Lenka Cintalanova

Accounting Assistant

Leigh Clarke

Production Manager

Ales Dlabac

Visual Effects

Ales Dlabac

3-D Animator

Jan Dlouhy

Other

Lubomir Dopita

Caterer

Juraj Durovic

Sound Mixer

Adam Dvorak

Assistant Editor

Shane Eades

Caterer

Karel Elckner

Construction

Jakub Exner

Location Assistant

General Frantisek Fajtl

Consultant

Miroslav Fantys

Mechanical Special Effects

Jo Farr

Production Manager

Pavel Fencl

Mechanical Special Effects

Alois Fisarek

Editor

Michaela Francova

Production Assistant

Ivan Frossel

Assistant Editor

Miroslav Gal

Visual Effects

Anton Geldenhuys

Driver

Ramunas Greicius

Director Of Photography

Marcel Hana

Props

Ray Hanna

Pilot

Jiri Hanzl

Photography

Karel Havelka

Camera Assistant

Karel Havlicek

Caterer

Nikola Hejko

Advisor

Jiri Hoffman

Driver

Terry Hoffman

Key Grip

Tomas Hoffman

Other

Genevieve Hofmeyr

Line Producer

Petr Hojda

Lighting

Jan Hojzler

Video

Tom Hooper

Production Assistant

Jaroslav Hovorka

Mechanical Special Effects

Miroslav Hurt

Camera

Zdenek Hurt

Advisor

Josef Jancar

Best Boy

Jiri Janda

Driver

Zdenek Janecek

Best Boy

Milan Janostik

Propman

Jaroslav Janovsky

Construction

Jarslav Jezek

Song

Karolina Jirova

Costumes

Doreen Jones

Casting

Jirina Kabatova

Other

Karel Kaliban

Camera

Harold Kaprielian

Helicopter Pilot

Helena Keslova

Visual Effects

Bohumil Kindl

Driver

Vaclac Kindl

Other

Justin Kirschner

Video

Adam Klemens

Music Conductor

Zdenek Klika

Makeup Artist

Jiri Knezek

Production Assistant

Nina Knezkova

Production Assistant

Frantisek Koch

Other

Werner Koenig

Coproducer

Milos Kohout

Visual Effects Designer

Jonna Kohtz

Production Accountant

Charly Koidl

Pilot

Jaroslav Kolman

Special Effects Supervisor

Petr Komrzy

Visual Effects

Vit Komrzy

Effects Coordinator

Ricardo Koopman

Loader

Martin Korinek

Assistant Director

Jiri Koubik

Pilot

Jaroslava Kozakova

Caterer

Katerina Kozakova

Transportation Manager

Jiri Krystof

Visual Effects

Helena Krystofova

Assistant

Vaclav Ksandr

Electrician

Jaroslav Kucera

Producer

Michael Kudlacek

Camera

Ladislav Lahoda

Stunt Coordinator

Nigel Lamb

Pilot

Robs Lamplough

Pilot

Ivana Langhamerova

Makeup Artist

Thomas Lehovec

Propman

Natascha Leite

Production Coordinator

Jiri Linha

Driver

Chris Lomax

Camera Operator

Dennis Lowe

Visual Effects Supervisor

Thomas Lylo

Boom Operator

Ladislav Mackerle

Pilot

Nasmie Majiet

Grip

Marketa Makova

Production Assistant

Jan Malir

Visual Effects

Milan Manak

Production Assistant

Miroslav Manda

Visual Effects

Ivo Marak

Visual Effects

Michael Mares

Location Assistant

Lida Matusinska

Casting Associate

Jaroslav Matys

Animator

Charles Mcdonald

Other

Marek Mensik

Driver

Jan Merhaut

Video

Mila Meter

Wardrobe

Jiri Mikes

Visual Effects

Vera Mirova

Costume Designer

Luc Molhomme

Helicopter Pilot

Vaclav Mottl

Assistant

Jan Muller

Driver

Viktor Muller

Visual Effects

Marketa Mutlova

Cashier

Bruce Newton

Camera

Eva Nietschova

Production Accountant

Fred North

Helicopter Pilot

Jaroslav Novak

Video

Vaclac Novak

Art Director

Oldrich Oliva

Art Department Coordinator

Josef Ourada

Other

Jan Pachl

Location Scout

Martin Pavek

Location Manager

Petr Pavlicek

Electrician

Antonin Pergler

Other

David Pesaut

Caterer

Milan Petrolin

Grip

Miroslav Petru

Advisor

Monika Petru

Production Assistant

Josef Pokluda

Other

Jaroslav Polensky

Visual Effects

Tim Price

Helicopter Pilot

Domenico Procacci

Coproducer

Ladislav Prochazka

Costumes

Petr Prochazka

Electrician

Iva Prochazkova

Producer

Eda Raban

Caterer

Jiri Raftl

Driver

Pavel Rample

Other

Caroline Raymond

Other

Emil Remenec

Helicopter Pilot

Hannah Richardson

Production Supervisor

Reinhard Roetzer

Pilot

John Romain

Pilot

Miroslav Roxer

Driver

Frantisek Rys

Driver

Jiri Sabata

Visual Effects

Martin Sacha

Camera

Tilo Seiffert

Production Consultant

Ivan Simunek

Other

Jacub Simunek

Other

Jaroslav Sinkule

Grip

Jimmy Slabbert

Best Boy Grip

Martin Slaby

Construction

Martin Sladky

Visual Effects

Malcolm Smith

Consultant

Vladimír Smutný

Director Of Photography

Mick Snell

Location Manager

Renata Sodomova

Production Assistant

Patricie Soptenkova

Costumes

Ondrej Soukup

Music

Bohumil Sova

Mechanical Special Effects

Grant Spooner

Other

Petr Stasak

Other

Radim Stefan

Key Grip

Martin Stefka

Construction

Petr Stejskal

Best Boy

Antony Stone

Stunts

Petr Styblo

Boom Operator

Jitka Svecova

Costumes

Jan Sverak

Producer

Zdenek Sverak

Screenplay

Radek Svoboda

Visual Effects

Petr Tax

Visual Effects

Magda Tichackova

Casting Associate

Sona Tichackova

Casting

Radek Tresnak

Visual Effects

Emile Trskova

Caterer

Daniel Ungerer

Pilot

Zdenek Urban

3-D Animator

Zdenek Urban

Visual Effects

Gert Uys

Helicopter Pilot

Adela Valkova

Other

David Vana

Visual Effects

Karel Vanasek

Props

Martin Visvader

Driver

Jan Vlasak

Production Designer

Milos Vopalensky

Construction Manager

Ivan Vorlicek

Caterer

Vratislav Vosicka

Other

Maximilian Walch

Pilot

Ed Whitmore

Associate Producer

Tracey Whitmore

Production Accountant

Film Details

Also Known As
Dark Blue World, Tmavomodry Svet, Trmavomodry Svet
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Period
War
Release Date
2001
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics
Location
Germany; Dover, England, United Kingdom; Czech Republic; South Africa

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 59m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States May 2001

Released in United States November 2001

Released in United States September 2001

Released in United States Winter December 28, 2001

Shown at Cannes International Film Festival (market) May 9-20, 2001.

Shown at London Film Festival (Gala Films) November 7-22, 2001.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival September 6-15, 2001.

Began shooting March 27, 2000.

Released in United States May 2001 (Shown at Cannes International Film Festival (market) May 9-20, 2001.)

Released in United States September 2001 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival September 6-15, 2001.)

Released in United States November 2001 (Shown at AFI Fest 2001: The American Film Institute Los Angeles International Film Festival (Opening Night) November 1-11, 2001.)

Released in United States November 2001 (Shown at London Film Festival (Gala Films) November 7-22, 2001.)

Released in United States Winter December 28, 2001 (NY, LA)