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The Pianist

"Music was his passion. Survival was his masterpiece."

R 2002-09-17 Drama 2hr 30m

The true story of pianist Władysław Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works for a while as a laborer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city.

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The true story of pianist Władysław Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works for a while as a laborer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city.

  • Released
    2002-09-17
  • Revenue
    $192,700,000
  • Budget
    $35,000,000
  • Runtime
    2hr 30m
  • Genre
    Drama, War
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English, Deutsch, Polski, Pусский
  • imdb-logo
    8.5
  • Production
    Canal+ Polska, Bac Films, Heritage Films, Studio Babelsberg, Agencja Produkcji Filmowej, FFF Bayern, Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg (FBB), R.P. Productions, StudioCanal, Canal+, TVP, Runteam, FFA

Crew

Roman Polanski
Director
Ronald Harwood
Screenplay
Roman Polanski
Producer

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Cast

Adrien Brody

Adrien Brody

Władysław 'Władek' Szpilman
Thomas Kretschmann

Thomas Kretschmann

Captain Wilm Hosenfeld
Ed Stoppard

Ed Stoppard

Henryk Szpilman
Julia Rayner

Julia Rayner

Regina Szpilman
Jessica Kate Meyer

Jessica Kate Meyer

Halina Szpilman
Wanja Mues

Wanja Mues

SS Slapping Father
Nomi Sharron

Nomi Sharron

Feather Woman
Anthony Milner

Anthony Milner

Man Waiting to Cross
Lucy Skeaping

Lucy Skeaping

Street Musician
Roddy Skeaping

Roddy Skeaping

Street Musician
Ben Harlan

Ben Harlan

Street Musician
Thomas Lawinky

Thomas Lawinky

Schutzpolizei
Roy Smiles

Roy Smiles

Itzak Heller
Zbigniew Zamachowski

Zbigniew Zamachowski

Customer with Coins
Popeck

Popeck

Rubenstein
Zofia Czerwińska

Zofia Czerwińska

Woman with Soup
Uwe Rathsam

Uwe Rathsam

SS Shooting the Woman
Joanna Brodzik

Joanna Brodzik

Woman Shot in the Head
Maja Ostaszewska

Maja Ostaszewska

Woman with Child
John Bennett

John Bennett

Dr. Ehrlich
Cyril Shaps

Cyril Shaps

Mr. Grün
Wojciech Smolarz

Wojciech Smolarz

Boy with Sweets
Lech Mackiewicz

Lech Mackiewicz

Fellow Worker
Peter Rappenglück

Peter Rappenglück

SS Making a Speech
Ronan Vibert

Ronan Vibert

Janina's Husband
Krzysztof Pieczyński

Krzysztof Pieczyński

Marek Gębczyński
Valentine Pelka

Valentine Pelka

Dorota's Husband
Tom Strauss

Tom Strauss

Dr. Luczak
Paweł Burczyk

Paweł Burczyk

Polish Workman
Nina Franoszek

Nina Franoszek

Polish Woman
John Keogh

John Keogh

Polish Officer
Rafał Mohr

Rafał Mohr

Schutzpolizei
Adam Bauman

Adam Bauman

Other part
Piotr Siejka

Piotr Siejka

Other part
Tomasz Tyndyk

Tomasz Tyndyk

Other part
Andrzej Walden

Andrzej Walden

Other part
Maciej Winkler

Maciej Winkler

Other part
Paweł Małaszyński

Paweł Małaszyński

Man in Ghetto (uncredited)
Axel Prahl

Axel Prahl

German Soldier - Rummage Bags (uncredited)
Borys Szyc

Borys Szyc

Young Gestapo (uncredited)
Rafał Dajbor

Rafał Dajbor

Soldier (uncredited)
Adrian Hood

Adrian Hood

Piano Buyer (uncredited)
Ryszard Kluge

Ryszard Kluge

Jew Working on the Bulding Site (uncredited)
Maciej Kowalewski

Maciej Kowalewski

SS Officer (uncredited)
Pawel Zdun

Pawel Zdun

(uncredited)
Jacek Wolszczak

Jacek Wolszczak

Man in Ghetto (uncredited)
Malgorzata Trybalska

Malgorzata Trybalska

Zydówka (uncredited)
Dawid Szurmiej

Dawid Szurmiej

Man in Ghetto (uncredited)
Izabella Szolc

Izabella Szolc

Women in Ghetto (uncredited)

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