Shot Through the Heart

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Shot Through the Heart
Poster of the movie Shot Through the Heart.jpg
Written byGuy Hibbert
John Falk
Directed byDavid Attwood
StarringLinus Roache
Vincent Perez
Country of originCanada
United States
United Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Running time112 minutes
Production company(s)HBO Pictures
Original networkHBO
Original release
  • October 4, 1998 (1998-10-04) (HBO)
  • January 31, 1999 (1999-01-31) (BBC2)

Shot Through the Heart is a 1998 television film directed by David Attwood, shown on the BBC and HBO in 1998, which covers the Siege of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War. The film is based on a true story and an article called Anti-Sniper by John Falk (published in the November 1995 issue of Details magazine),[1] it won a Peabody Award in 1998.[2]


The horrors of war are examined from the view points of lifelong friends and expert sharpshooters Vlado Selimović (Linus Roache) and Slavko Stanic (Vincent Perez), who end up on opposing sides of the Bosnian War in Sarajevo. Slavko, an ethnic Serb and unemployed bachelor, becomes a sniper and instructor training the Army of Republika Srpska snipers who used to terrorize the city. Vlado, a Muslim married father and successful owner of a furniture factory, rejects his friend's offer to gain an escape from the city. Instead, he becomes a marksman in the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and attempts to counter the sniper threat. Vlado soon realizes his friend, an exceptionally skilled marksman, is the enemy sniper responsible for a number of seemingly impossible shots against residents of their own neighbourhood; the two friends eventually have to face-off and only one survives.



  • The story was also the feature of an episode of Dateline NBC in 1998.

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