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Knife in the Water -- When a young hitchhiker joins a couple on a weekend yacht trip, psychological warfare breaks out as the two men compete for the woman's attention. A storm forces the small crew below deck, and tension builds to a violent climax.

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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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Brilliant in every way! See more (82 total) »

Cast

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

Jolanta Umecka ... Krystyna

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

Roman Polanski ... Young Man (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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94 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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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Initially, Polanski wanted to make a criminal story about a couple which takes a young hitchhiker to a boat trip, and at the end the boy dies in mysterious circumstances. In his version the trip was about a week long a involved some other characters. It was Jerzy Skolimowski who proposed to shorten it to one day and limit the number of characters. The final script was created in only three, four days by Polanski, Skolimowski and Jakub Goldberg in Polanski's apartment. While writing the script they were playing the dialogue, changing the roles all the time.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In some shots of the yacht sailing, the wake of the camera boat can be seen.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Andrzej:[sees the boy for the first time] Hitching at this hour.
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40 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant in every way!, 16 May 2002
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

Roman Polanski created a landmark film with Knife in the Water. It perhaps even trumps his most famous film, Chinatown. A man and his wife (or is it his mistress?) pick up a hitchhiker. For reasons that are obscure for most of the film, the man asks the hitchhiker if he would like to come along on their sailing trip. They plan to sail until the next dawn. It feels like it'll be a run-of-the-mill thriller, but it's much smarter than that. Really, it's a tale about male posturing, and it may be the best film on that subject. The three actors are excellent. Polanski's direction is flawless. The jazz score is wonderful, as well. One of the best ever made. 10/10.

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