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Set in the occupied Warsaw, the film tells the story of the mission carried out by the student uderground resistance group to execute the hated SS General Franz Kutchera.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bozena Kurowska ...
Grazyna Staniszewska ...
Zbigniew Cynkutis ...
Zbyszek Zawada
Andrzej Kostenko ...
The Big
Roman Klosowski ...
The Little
Tadeusz Lomnicki ...
Andrzej May ...
The Black
Stanislaw Mikulski ...
Jerzy Nasierowski ...
Jerzy Pichelski ...
Doctor 'Maks'
Wojciech Siemion ...
The Lynx
Michal Szewczyk ...
The Eagle (as Eugeniusz Szewczyk)
Tomasz Zaliwski ...
Jan Debski ...
Young Man
Halina Drohocka ...
The Black's Mother


Set in the occupied Warsaw, the film tells the story of the mission carried out by the student uderground resistance group to execute the hated SS General Franz Kutchera. Written by Polish Cinema Database <>

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Polish resistance in Warsaw makes an operation against the SS Police Commander
1 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Zamach" is Polish for "Assassination", in which we see a group of young Polish men and women (18-30) conduct an operation in Warsaw of 1943 against its SS Police Commander. We see the planning, the execution and the aftermath. The film is not long at 75 minutes but we get to know most of the young people in the group and how they feel.

The story is filmed beautifully and develops considerable suspense throughout. In terms of showing the entire operation, including the aftermath, it plays like a noir story about a heist. In terms of how it looks and plays, it also has some feeling of neorealism to it. It also may owe some debt to the Wadja films. But the film is not derivative or hackneyed in any way. It's fresh today as then -- and strong. What makes this so is how the story shifts its attention among the characters and their predicaments, and how it shifts during the action scenes to different phases of the operation and its aftermath. The sense of building suspense overladen with indications of danger, doom, sacrifice, laced with hopefulness and dedication to the task carry the film along. Director Jerzy Passendorfer specialized in films about the German occupation.

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