Successful surgeon Tomas leaves Prague for an operation, meets a young photographer named Tereza, and brings her back with him. Tereza is surprised to learn that Tomas is already having an affair with the bohemian Sabina, but when the Soviet invasion occurs, all three flee to Switzerland. Sabina begins an affair, Tom continues womanizing, and Tereza, disgusted, returns to Czechoslovakia. Realizing his mistake, Tomas decides to chase after her.

  1. Philip Kaufman

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Milan Kundera


  3. Jean-Claude Carrière


Top Billed Cast

  1. Daniel Day-Lewis

    Daniel Day-Lewis


  2. Juliette Binoche

    Juliette Binoche


  3. Lena Olin

    Lena Olin


  4. Derek de Lint

    Derek de Lint


  5. Stellan Skarsgård

    Stellan Skarsgård

    The Engineer

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Release Information

  • February 5, 1988


    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 51m

Budget $17,000,000.00

Revenue $10,006,806.00

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