The Day That Shook the World

The Day That Shook the World (Serbo-Croatian: Sarajevski atentat, lit. The Sarajevo Assassination) is a 1975 Czechoslovak-Yugoslav-German co-production film directed by Veljko Bulajić, starring Christopher Plummer and Florinda Bolkan. The film is about the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie in Sarajevo in 1914 and the immediate aftermath that led to the outbreak of World War I.

The Day That Shook the World
The Day That Shook the World FilmPoster.jpeg
American poster of the movie
Directed byVeljko Bulajić
Written byScreenplay:
Stevan Bulajić
Vladimír Bor
Paul Jarrico
Veljko Bulajić
Produced byVlado Brankovic
Bohumil Pokorný
StarringChristopher Plummer
Florinda Bolkan
Maximilian Schell
CinematographyJan Čuřík
Edited byRoger Dwyre
Music byJuan Carlos Calderón
Lubos Fiser
Distributed byAmerican International Pictures (USA)
Release date
31 October 1975
Running time
122 minutes
LanguagesCzech, Serbo-Croatian, English, German

When the only surviving heir to Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was killed by Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian nationalist, on 28 June 1914, his death set in motion a chain of events that resulted in the First World War. The movie chronicles the events surrounding that death and its aftermath. The assassination gave the Germans and Austrians reason to fear that the Russian Empire was actively fomenting unrest in the Balkans, since Serbia was a bone of contention throughout the region.



The film was released to cinemas on October 31, 1975.[1] In addition to Yugoslavia, it was released to Bulgaria, West Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, SSSR, Algeria, Lebanon, India, Nepgal, Albania, and China. It was released to the United States two years later.[2][3][circular reference]

In January 6, 2011 it was released on DVD.[4]


The film won one award at the 1976 San Sebastián International Film Festival in the Special Mention category.[5] The film was also selected as the Yugoslav entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 48th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[6] The film also earned director Veljko Bulajic a Silver Arena award at the 1976 Yugoslav National Film Awards (today known as the Pula Film Festival).[7]

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  3. ^ American International Pictures
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  5. ^ "24 Edition 1976 Awards". San Sebastian Film Festival. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
  6. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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