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The friendship of two men is tested by war, political upheaval, and romantic rivalry in this drama from Czech filmmaker Jan Sverak, whose Kolya became an international success. Lt. Franta Slama (Ondrej Vetchy) is a top pilot in the Czech Air Force who is assigned to train a promising young flier, Karel Vojtisek (Krystof Hadek). Franta and Karel both share a great enthusiasm for the thrill of blazing across the sky, and they become fast friends; however, when Nazi Germany invades Czechoslovakia, Franta and Karel chafe under the authority of their new leaders, and they escape to England, where… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a fitting requiem for heroes forgotten."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A bittersweet world, and it's frankly one to which we've been before, but seldom do we see it rendered with such exquisite, if pained, craftsmanship."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"A complex story with a number of twists, it possesses a fatalism uncommon in American films."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"Dark Blue World is a human war movie without flag-waving -- a relief these days."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Takes an astounding piece of history and squanders it in cliches, sentimentality and cheap dramatics."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"Looks like the Eastern European version of director Michael Bay's popcorn epic from last summer."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Dark Blue World's warm story and beautiful photography almost hits the mark, and it has a great ending."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"The love triangle seems lifted out of "Pearl Harbor", and if there's a war movie from which you don't want to take inspiration, it's that one."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
"Solid writing and endearing performances steer it clear of the usual mawkish traps."
‑ Todd Anthony, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"A tale that's tragic, funny and compelling."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"Dark Blue World almost feels like three scripts rolled into one."
‑ , Globe and Mail
"Pearl Harbor without the product placements, without the Hollywood bombast, and certainly without the $100-million-plus budget."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Ondrej Vetchý is impressive as the stoic Franta."
‑ Simon Wardell, BBC.com
"More bleak and certainly more hushed than the relatively bombastic Pearl Harbor, but they both tell a war-movie plot staple in approximately the same way."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"Between the complicated flashback structure and the hackneyed story (it's essentially the plot of Pearl Harbor), the Sveraks never get much momentum going, and the film becomes monotonous."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
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