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Knife in the Water (1962) More at IMDbPro »Nóz w wodzie (original title)

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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 »
NewsDesk:
(139 articles)
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Terrificly Tight & Atmospheric Drama/Psychological Thriller See more (81 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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Additional Details

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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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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Trivia:
The first scene in the film shows Andrzej and Krystyna driving a car. As shooting from the platform in front of the car was not yet available, the crew was tied to the car, standing on its mask. To get the proper light effects, they held a blanket with a small hole for the camera. Leon Niemczyk (Andrzej) was really driving this car quite fast (this was crucial to this scene), but he couldn't see anything. He drove the car using the tops of the trees to imagine where the road is.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When the young boy is trying to stabilize the Christine by hanging off its side, you can see the railing of the camera boat in the lower left-hand corner of the screen.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Andrzej:[sees the boy for the first time] Hitching at this hour.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Lesson of Polish Cinema (2002)See more »

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29 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Terrificly Tight & Atmospheric Drama/Psychological Thriller, 16 August 2000
Author: antonio-21 from NYC

Well, this film may not appeal to the legions of folk who consider drivel like The Sixth Sense to be great drama/thriller material, but to those of us who adore movies and respect the great ones, this one is a gem.

This great-granddad to later works like "Dead Calm" or even "The Talented Mr. Ripley" manages to deliver the goods on this wickedly smart little tale about a young middle class couple who pick up a hitchhiker who manages to turn their life around in the course of one day.

What sets this film apart from others is it's place in movie history and it's polished (no pun intended) directorial style.

This early hit by future great director Roman Polanski manages to make you believe in these three people without questioning the typically silly things that people do in thrillers. Of course most of us would not invite a strange hitchhiker onto their private boat for an evening, especially when the hitchhiker carries with them a huge hunting knife and an attitude.

Just throw your disbelief to the wind, and sit back and enjoy this little gem. I loved the juxtaposition of the vast open air and beautiful water vistas with the claustrophobic atmosphere aboard the little "yacht". The terrific moment when the couple dares the young man to hang over the edge of the boat and he begins to "run" on water alongside. Even the inevitable seduction rings true due to the circumstances. I won't reveal anymore scenes.

This film is to be enjoyed by all! The only complaint is while I saw this film at the normally wonderful Film Forum in NYC, the grossly outdated and shabby looking subtitles positively cry out for a restoration!!

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