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20 April 1957 (Poland) See more »
A story of the heroic Warsaw Rising.
In 1944, during the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis, Polish Lieutenant Zadra and his resistance fighters use Warsaw's sewer system to escape the German encirclement. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Teresa Izewska ... Stokrotka
Tadeusz Janczar ... Ens. Jacek 'Korab'
Wienczyslaw Glinski ... Lt. 'Zadra'
Tadeusz Gwiazdowski ... Sgt. 'Kula'
Stanislaw Mikulski ... Smukly
Emil Karewicz ... Lt. 'Madry'
Vladek Sheybal ... Michal 'Ogromny', the composer (as Wladyslaw Sheybal)
Teresa Berezowska ... Halinka
Zofia Lindorf ... Old woman looking for her daughter
Janina Jablonowska ... Woman
Maria Kretz ... Wounded Woman

Jan Englert ... Zefir
Kazimierz Dejunowicz ... Capt. 'Zabawa'
Zdzislaw Lesniak ... Maly
Maciej Maciejewski ... Lt. 'Gustaw'
Adam Pawlikowski ... SS Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ryszard Filipski ... Polish Soldier (uncredited)
Wladyslaw Kowalski ... Polish Soldier (uncredited)
Kazimierz Kutz ... Insurgent at Canal (uncredited)
Ewa Wisniewska ... Girl giving water (uncredited)
Tomasz Witt ... Polish Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrzej Wajda 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jerzy Stefan Stawinski  screenplay
Jerzy Stefan Stawinski  story

Original Music by
Jan Krenz 
Cinematography by
Jerzy Lipman 
Film Editing by
Halina Nawrocka 
Production Design by
Roman Mann 
Set Decoration by
Leonard Mokicz 
Costume Design by
Jerzy Szeski 
Makeup Department
Halina Ber .... assistant makeup artist (as H. Turant)
Halina Sienska .... makeup artist
Production Management
Stanislaw Adler .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anita Janeczkowa .... assistant director
Kazimierz Kutz .... first assistant director (as Kazimierz Kuc)
Janusz Morgenstern .... assistant director
Maria Starzenska .... assistant director
Art Department
Halina Dobrowolska .... assistant production designer (as Halina Krzyzanowska)
Roman Wolyniec .... assistant production designer
Ignacy Gaworkiewicz .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Józef Bartczak .... sound
Roman Branski .... sound assistant
Józef Dabrowski .... sound assistant
Adam Okapiec .... sound assistant
Camera and Electrical Department
Czeslaw Grabowski .... assistant camera
Andrzej Gronau .... assistant camera
Antoni Tabak .... lighting technician
Jerzy Wójcik .... camera operator
Music Department
Adam Pawlikowski .... musician: ocarina
Other crew
Tadeusz Bierczynski .... production assistant
Zbigniew Brejtkopf .... production assistant
Arkadiusz Orlowski .... production assistant
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Canal" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
"The Sewer" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The film is largely free of the usual overt Communist propaganda present in most films made by Communist Bloc nations. The toned-down film was made after the death of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, and after the fall of the Stalinist Polish regime of Boleslaw Bierut. This explains the more relaxed political censorship applied against this film.See more »
Narrator:These are the tragic heroes: watch them closely in the remaining hours of their lives.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Polish Cinema (1995)See more »


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24 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Resistance is Futile, 24 June 2001
Author: begger from Durham, NH

In many respects this movie is sheer brilliance. For starters "Kanal" describes the entire Polish Revolt in a single instance at the eve of its termination. But this movie is much more than a parable of Revolution and struggle. "Kanal" has great characters, great settings, great scenes, and, above all, an important message to be told.

What would it be like to fight an impossible battle against a larger force and be in the real world? What would it be like to face death at every turn and still travel on knowing defeat awaited you at the next bend? "Kanal" is the answer to these questions.

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