It was released on May 17, 2001.
Tropes for the film:
- Agent Provocateur: One of the inmates in the post-war prison in Communist Czechoslovakia suggests they steal a tool from the doctor's office and use it to break out. Later he admits the guards put him up to it, so they could have an excuse to beat up Franta Slama.
- Hiding Behind the Language Barrier: Slama and Karel openly discuss the breasts of a British woman, Susan, one of them is seeing, right in front of the woman in question.
- Period Piece: Takes place first in the The '50s, with flashbacks to World War II.
- Spent Shells Shower: Casings are seen ejected from the Spitfires during the mid-air battles. According to the DVD Commentary, the director made a point of including this, having owned toy Spitfires as a boy and noting the ejector ports.