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The Battle of Neretva (1969)

Bitka na Neretvi (original title)
World war two drama about the 1943 battle around the Neretva River between Axis forces and Yugoslav partisan units.

Director:

Veljko Bulajic

Writers:

Stevan Bulajic (story), Ratko Djurovic (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yul Brynner ... Vlado
Hardy Krüger ... Kranzer
Franco Nero ... Riva
Sylva Koscina ... Danica
Orson Welles ... Senator
Curd Jürgens ... Lohring
Anthony Dawson ... Morelli
Milena Dravic ... Nada
Sergey Bondarchuk ... Martin (as Sergej Bondarcuk)
Ljubisa Samardzic ... Novak
Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic ... Stole (as Bata Zivojinovic)
Boris Dvornik Boris Dvornik ... Stipe
Oleg Vidov ... Nikola
Pavle Vuisic Pavle Vuisic ... Sofer
Howard Ross Howard Ross ... Mario (as Renato Rossini)
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Storyline

Battle on Neretva known as the ''fourth offensive'' the most humane battle in World War II led by Yugoslav partisans. In January 1943 German army, afraid of Allied invasion of Balkans, launched great offensive against Yugoslav Partisans in Western Bosnia.They encircle the mountain and begin the mop up operation. Out gunned and outnumbered the partisans must not only take care of themselves but try to protect thousands of refugees too. Providing a heroic resistance, multiple superior enemy partisans advancing towards the only remaining bridge over the Neretva river, through which they intend to transfer himself and wounded at free territory. Therefore, all the shock decision of the Supreme Headquarters to demolish the bridge, but it is just as foolish ruse to weaken the enemy forces on the other side of the river. Movie Battle of Neretva is usually the most famous work by the Yugoslav film industry has produced. Written by krule88

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Their courage carved its own monument in a special corner of hell! See more »

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Drama | History | War

Certificate:

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Release Date:

7 October 1969 (Yugoslavia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Battle of the River Neretva See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When a railway bridge was to be blown up, director Veljko Bulajic wanted it to look as real as possible, and thought that it would serve as a tourist attraction after the shoot. A full-scale replica railway bridge was built in Jablanica and blown up, but the smoke from the blast prevented any visible and usable shots. The bridge was then repaired, re-built for a second time and blown up again, with the same result. Finally, to capture the bridge being blown up, a small-scale miniature model was used. See more »

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Lohring: Keep this well in mind: any partisan you are tempted to spare will be glad to show you his gratitude for your sentimentality with a hand grenade or a couple of well aimed bullets.
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At the Neretva in occupied Europe, we fought one of the most celebrated and the most heroic battles for the wounded. Here was decided the fate of the Revolution. Here was victorious the brotherhood and unity of our peoples. Tito See more »

Alternate Versions

Several different video and DVD prints exist. In North America the film has been released at 106 minutes; a Spanish DVD runs 113 minutes; and most European PAL videos and the Australian video run 127 minutes. German and Croation video and DVD copies run 142 minutes each, although they are not the same print. See more »

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A Tough Partisan Nut
18 May 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Allegedly the most expensive film ever undertaken by the Yugoslav film industry, The Battle Of The Neretva is a tribute to the Partisan army that Josip Broz Tito raised to resist the Nazi occupation of his country. Operating in the mountains, the Partisans proved to be tough nut to crack for the occupying Axis armies.

The country of Yugoslavia which was created by the Allied countries at the Versailles Treaty did not long out last the man who saved it. That was once Yugoslavia is several separate states now. It was an unwieldy conglomerate nation composed of several ethnic groups with various religious backgrounds who had a legacy of Balkan hate of centuries. The Chetniks who collaborated with the Nazis just wanted to make sure they came out on top no matter who won the war. The monarchy of Yugoslavia was that of the former Serbia raised to be ruling all of what became Yugoslavia. No one who was Croatian, Montenegran, Macedonian, etc. wanted Serbian primacy. The Marxist Tito was more acceptable to most than a Serbian king.

A lot of the politics is necessary to know in order to understand what was going on while this battle was being fought. The Germans launched an offensive in the winter of 1943 aimed at wiping out Tito's Partisans and they did drive them to the Neretva River where ordered to stand with their backs to said river offering no retreat, the Partisans turned around and instead and kicked Nazi butt.

The Battle Of Neretva is a brutally uncompromising film about ugly guerrilla war and the version I saw is a slimmed down version. I'm betting I would have rated it higher had I seen the original 3 hours the film's release in Yugoslavia was exhibited at.

Such various international players as Yul Brynner, Franco Nero, Orson Welles, Curt Jurgens, and Hardy Kruger all have some interesting cameos. But the stars are the Yugoslav players most of you won't know in this film. I'm sure the Oscar for Best Foreign language film is based on the Academy voters having the original to judge.

This film is a nice tribute to a part of World War II that is not talked about too much in the west.


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