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Kontroll (2003)

A tale about a strange young man, Bulcsú, the fellow inspectors on his team, all without exception likeable characters, a rival ticket inspection team, and racing along the tracks... And a tale about love.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sándor Csányi ...
Zoltán Mucsi ...
Professor
Csaba Pindroch ...
Sándor Badár ...
Lecsó
Zsolt Nagy ...
Eszter Balla ...
Lajos Kovács ...
Bence Mátyássy ...
Gyalogkakukk (Bootsie)
Gyözö Szabó ...
Shadow
Péter Scherer ...
Chief
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Big Boss
László Nádasi ...
János Kulka ...
Enikõ Eszenyi ...
Drunken Woman
Zsolt László ...
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Storyline

Ghost trains and ghostly characters, figuratively speaking of course, are what run through the perpetual night of this underground metro system. Bulcsú's (Sándor Csányi) life that once was, on the surface, where the real people go home after work, who go to the movies or a fine restaurant is now replaced by the dark, cold and solitude arena of his new dwellings. He, and his motley crew of ragtag metro ticket Kontrollers must patrol the trains that run these City dwellers back and forth and with daily ritual, check that no one dare come down into their world for a free ride. With indifferent passengers, a possible love interest, a regime set on competition and to top it all a mysterious serial killer at large, Kontroll is a dark and bleak comedy of the world of the ticket inspector, who, in the end must keep this Metro system running. If not, what would be the worst that could happen, if they ever lost control? Dare you ride here for free, too? Written by Cinema_Fan

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train | ticket | love | dare | running | See All (186) »

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There's No Such Thing As A Free Ride. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 November 2003 (Hungary)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

HUF 100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,098 (USA) (3 April 2005)

Gross:

$237,183 (USA) (1 September 2005)
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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cinematographer Gyula Pados is a former assistant of fellow Hungarian Vilmos Zsigmond. See more »

Goofs

Just before the 'railing' at the metro station, Gonzo stays with Bulcu and C walks along with Tibi. When Bulcu informs Gonzo that his laces are undone, the latter stoops to retie them. In the very next scene C and Tibiare seen talking while walking but in the background Bulcu and Gonzo are seen both standing. Seconds later, Gonzo is seen standing up after getting done with the laces. See more »

Quotes

Szofi: Do you think I'm weird?
Béla: Fortunately, yes.
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Connections

Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

A Familiar Face (Régi Ismeros)
written by Mátyás Milkovics & Márk Moldvai
performed by Neo
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wow.
18 September 2004 | by (toronto, canada) – See all my reviews

I can't wait to see this film again! There is a DVD coming out with Canadian distrib. ThinkFilm in the 1st quarter of 2005...i can't wait this long!!! Gah! The director was there for a Q&A after the film, and was wonderful to talk to (which is always a nice surprise). He told me that they got the high contrast look with a 'bleach-bypass' developing of the film, and it amplified the beautiful camera work.

First review says it all, gorgeous cinematography, great directing, great acting, great story. The lead actor also had the most incredible screen presence. I couldn't tear my eyes off his performance once, i hope he continues in the business with much success. I'd also keep my eyes on the other actors, as they were all fantastic.

-cheers.


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