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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 »
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Surprisingly free of violence See more (80 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 cover of Time Magazine's Sept. 20, 1963 edition used a still from this film. The cover story was about international cinema. The cover photo's caption simply said "LOVERS IN POLISH FILM" without identifying the movie or the actors in the photo.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: After Young Boy takes out his knife to offer it to Krystyna, to cut the radishes he gave her, and then leans back to play the knife game with his hand, as he leans back the head of a light haired fourth person can be seen sticking up from the cabin behind him. This is presumably a crew member but the person is fairly unidentifiable due to the briefness of the shot and the angle of the persons head.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 Weight of Water (2000)See more »

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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly free of violence, 13 August 2001
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Devastating and beautiful early film from talented director Roman Polanski...but 'beautiful' in a sad, melancholy sense. Rarely have I seen a picture which so vividly captures the wonder of weather (gray and drizzly skies and choppy sea water, illuminated suddenly by a burst of sun rays). Sure, the film is in black-and-white, however that foreboding sky actually becomes a character in the plot involving a couple out for a boating weekend who pick up a hitchhiker and invite him along on their trip. Not a whole lot of story (in the conventional sense), though both Jerzy Lipman's amazing cinematography and Krzysztof Komeda's jazzy score make the journey a worthy ride which builds in suspense and a creepy, muted kind of ambiance. Polanski's eye is unerring, but don't expect him to give into a big pay-off. The narrative is pretty much based in reality--it's grounded--and is without major outbursts, violence or melodrama. *** from ****

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