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  • Summary: An epic romantic drama about two Czech pilots, serving together in the U.K.'s Royal Air Force during World War II, who fall in love with the same woman.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    One thinks of the great opening line of that great novel The Good Soldier: "This is the saddest story I have ever heard." Like many such tales, this one is worth taking to your aching heart.
  2. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    80
    Sverak's sheer technical finesse, and ability to spin on a dime between comedy and tragedy, the personal and the historical, makes Dark Blue World succeed where other similarly themed movies, from "Battle of Britain" to "The Blue Max," seem heavy-handed by comparison.
  3. 75
    Dark Blue World's warm story and beautiful photography almost hits the mark, and it has a great ending.
  4. 63
    Has some terrific aerial sequences and exciting dogfights. But the clichés in the script by Zdenek Sverak (the director's father) keep the film firmly grounded when the action's not aloft.
  5. As it stands, Dark Blue World -- for all the considerable skills of the Sveraks and their colleagues on both sides of the camera -- occupies that treacherous territory between art film and popular epic.
  6. The aerial-dogfight scenes, which are beautiful and shot through with jittery panic, are notable for not being staged for videogame kicks.
  7. The uneasy meeting of cultures is mirrored all too well in the stiff and clumsy direction.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. DavidN.
    Oct 30, 2005
    10
    This film is not about the big battle. It is about a fantastically written story, that opens a very interesting era from our history. It This film is not about the big battle. It is about a fantastically written story, that opens a very interesting era from our history. It shows what communists did... I must admit, that the real meaning of this film could understand just someone from the Czech rep. ... but also the others should see the atmosphere of our national proud, mostly before the WWII. Expand
  2. JimP.
    Jan 20, 2008
    10
    This is a magnificent movie- touching the heart, while telling a wonderful story. The flying scenes are technically accurate, and it's This is a magnificent movie- touching the heart, while telling a wonderful story. The flying scenes are technically accurate, and it's about the best movie I have seen in years. Expand
  3. HerbertK.
    Mar 15, 2006
    10
    The Dog in Dark Blue World Jan Sverak's Dark Blue World is a bittersweet story of two Czech pilots who fly for the RAF during World War The Dog in Dark Blue World Jan Sverak's Dark Blue World is a bittersweet story of two Czech pilots who fly for the RAF during World War II and their love interests.
    [***SPOILERS***] Karel crashes in an attempt to save Franta. Franta goes home to his small Czech town in uniform and is saluted by the uniformed stationmaster. He finds his former girlfriend hanging up laundry and they sadly greet each other. She married stationmaster, thinking that Franta was dead. As Franta starts to leave, his dog, a blonde spaniel no longer young, emerges from under the laundry and greets him. The dog is female; I won
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  4. NealY.
    Jul 25, 2007
    10
    One of the best movies i have ever watched if you are interesting in world war 2, you must watch... it is a war movie but it is also drama.
  5. JohnH
    Aug 22, 2007
    10
    A fine story and a great film that will endure as a classic portrayal of love, friendship, courage and sacrifice in the face of extreme A fine story and a great film that will endure as a classic portrayal of love, friendship, courage and sacrifice in the face of extreme adversity. An "in memoriam" as subtle and moving as we are ever likely to see. Thank you to all those wonderful people who helped craft it. Cinema at its very best. Expand
  6. RP
    Sep 15, 2008
    9
    Best movie I've seen in years.
  7. neild.
    Jul 17, 2007
    7
    I thought the movie told a remarkable sub-story within the battle of Britain. It reminded me in some ways of the 1988 Masterpiece Theatre I thought the movie told a remarkable sub-story within the battle of Britain. It reminded me in some ways of the 1988 Masterpiece Theatre Presentation entitled a "Piece of Cake". The love triangle I found a little tortured. Reminded me of the movie through the eye of the needle or yanks with a similar scene of the Brit wife left behind who finds comfort in the arms of an allied soldier. I think what was new and well done was the pilots adjustment to English. Their fervent desire to kill Nazis and the cruel twist of being imprisoned by communists. The scene of the solder coming home reminds me of the wolf phrase then when coming home you have changed and it has changed. I wonder aloud what the level of commits were at that time or whether contemporary movies impose the present cultural standards back in time. I suppose we would have to interview to 75-85 year olds to learn that answer. I would recommend the movie to anyone who enjoys a well thought out action packed movie. Expand

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