The Battle of Sutjeska (film)

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The Battle of Sutjeska
Directed by Stipe Delić
Produced by Nikola Popović
Written by Branimir Šćepanović
Sergei Bondarchuk
Wolf Mankowitz (uncredited)
Miljenko Smoje (uncredited)
Orson Welles (uncredited)
Starring Richard Burton
Irene Papas
Günter Meisner
Music by Mikis Theodorakis
Cinematography Tomislav Pinter
Edited by Vojislav Bjenjas
Roberto Perpignani
Distributed by American International Pictures
Release dates
  • 1973 (1973)
Running time
128 minutes
Country Yugoslavia
Language Serbo-Croatian

The Battle of Sutjeska is a 1973 partisan film directed by Stipe Delić, and made in SFR Yugoslavia. It tells the story of the famous Battle of Sutjeska, the greatest engagement of the Yugoslav Partisan War. It is one of the most expensive films made in Yugoslavia. It was selected as the Yugoslav entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 46th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1] It was also entered into the 8th Moscow International Film Festival where it won a Special Prize.[2]


Nazi-occupied Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1943; under the faithful leadership of Marshal Tito, the Yugoslavian partisans have put up a staunch fight against the occupying Axis powers for a number of years. Despite being outgunned, outmaneuvered, and vastly outnumbered, they managed to recuperate in the harsh mountainous region called Durmitor in northern Montenegro. However, their rest was short-lived, as the combined foreign and domestic Axis powers begin an encirclement offensive, outnumbering them 6:1. The Partisans have no choice but to fight out of the encirclement, heading towards eastern Bosnia. They finally clash with the Axis on the plains of Sutjeska in southeastern Bosnia.

Various people are caught up in the fighting, such as a Dalmatian who lost all of his children during the war. As the fighting intensifies, the story and the scenes are drawn more and more into the colossal battle as both sides are forced into a conflict that can only be described as a living hell. The scenes are interlaced between general battle rage and individual, personal fates and agonies of several main characters, from supreme commanders to ordinary soldiers.

The offensive finally ends as a failure for the Axis armies, but the Partisans are not in a mood to celebrate – they suffered devastating losses. Still, they marched on.


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  1. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  2. ^ "8th Moscow International Film Festival (1973)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 

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