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Release Date:
28 October 1963 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Leon Niemczyk ... Andrzej

Jolanta Umecka ... Krystyna

Zygmunt Malanowicz ... Young Boy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna Ciepielewska ... Krystyna (voice) (uncredited)

Roman Polanski ... Young Boy (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Roman Polanski 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jakub Goldberg 
Roman Polanski 
Jerzy Skolimowski  dialogue
Jerzy Skolimowski  screenplay

Produced by
Stanislaw Zylewicz .... producer
 
Original Music by
Krzysztof Komeda  (as Krzysztof T. Komeda)
 
Cinematography by
Jerzy Lipman 
 
Film Editing by
Halina Prugar-Ketling  (as Halina Prugar)
 
Production Design by
Boleslaw Kamykowski 
 
Makeup Department
Zdzislaw Papierz .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Josef Krakowski .... production manager
Jerzy Laskowski .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jakub Goldberg .... assistant director
Andrzej Kostenko .... assistant director
Maria Pietrzak .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Jerzy Bossak .... artistic director
 
Sound Department
Halina Paszkowska .... sound
Jerzy Szawlowski .... sound assistant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrzej Gronau .... camera operator
Julian Magda .... assistant camera
Józef Nasiadka .... assistant camera
Jerzy Szurowski .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Maria Karpowicz .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Bernt Rosengren .... musician: saxophone
 
Other crew
Jerzy Stefan Stawinski .... literary director (as Jerzy Stawinski)
 
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Also Known As:
"Nóz w wodzie" - Poland (original title)
"The Knife in the Water" - Europe (English title) (imdb display title), International (imdb display title), International (English title) (imdb display title), UK (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
94 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Australia:PG | Chile:14 | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2004) | UK:PG (video rating) (1992) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16

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Roman Polanski had intended to take on the role of the young hitchhiker himself, but Jerzy Bossak, head of the Polish film unit KAMERA (under whose auspices the film was made), turned him down because he didn't consider the director attractive enough. The character's voice, however, is Polanski's, who later dubbed the part over. Zygmunt Malanowicz had a strong, developed, bass voice, which was quite inappropriate for the character.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the end of the movie when Andrzej and Krystyna are driving away from the harbor, the boats in the background change between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Andrzej:[sees the boy for the first time] Hitching at this hour.
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53 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
Lubricated Blade, 20 January 2005
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

There is nothing more thrilling than discovering a natural filmmaker for the first time. There are only so many, and you can only have menarche once. Its an introduction into another life.

I first saw this in 1965 at the Orson Welles Cinema near Harvard Square. We were told it was made behind the backs of Iron Curtain thugs, only surviving because of international attention. (I wouldn't meet Tarkovsky or Kieslowski until later.) And that it was made by the fellow who had made the striking "Repulsion," which at that time was anticipated but yet unseen in the States.

I've since learned some striking things: that both Polanski and his co-writer wanted to play the hitchhiker and indeed it is Polanski's voice. And that the mistress who seems only half alive was in fact played by a non-actress they found by looking at swimming pools. Also that the situation was suggested by a long planned and discussed Orson Welles project ("The Deep") that was started after this and never completed.

The writing is good of course, especially the central image the title denotes, but the camera finds the perfect place always. It is like Altman's camera (after this) that discovers the action rather than, say Spielberg's where the action is obviously happening in such a way to be cleanly seen by the camera. And so much harder on a boat!

But the interesting thing about such an introduction to a filmmaker is the relationship that follows: we know certain things about how he thinks and sees. We expect the conversation to continue and mature over the years. And what a rocky ride this man has taken us on, through perfectly created worlds (in which I include "Ninth Gate") but also through pure dreck and rank sentimentality (both of which tag "The Pianist").

Sometimes he's internal to the narrative, even the charmed actor. Sometimes he is outside the narrative, pulling strings (as with this film) but sometimes it is clear he never got out of bed.

As with Kubrick and so many others, you really must start at the beginning, which essentially means here.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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