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

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The 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.
The Knife in the Water -- Interview with director Roman Polanski and co-screenwriter, Jerzy Skolimowski.

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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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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nóz w wodzie" - Poland (original 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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Trivia:
The first Polish theatrical film to show a woman stripping.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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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Ted (2012)See more »

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65 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
The games people play, 30 December 2003
Author: Michael_Cronin from Sydney, Australia

Polanski's first feature, on paper, sounds like nothing more than a run-of-the-mill claustrophobic thriller set on a boat - a couple takes a loner on board, you figure out the rest. 'Dead Calm', 'The Deep', etc etc etc.

Instead, 'Knife In The Water' is an agonisingly tense look at male posturing & ego, the husband & hitch-hiker constantly challenging each other in every possible way - sailing prowess, games of fiddlesticks, knife throwing & just generally strutting about. There's almost never a single moment where the two aren't trying to trump each other, & one gets the impression that it's not even to impress the girl, so much as themselves. As the film progresses, the tension mounts & tempers fray.

In a Hollywood film, this would build up to a dramatic climax of violence & catharsis, accompanied with thunder & lightning. Polanski doesn't let us off the hook that easily - things get rough, but the games continue, right until the very end of the film.

Shot in black & white, with a cast of three, & virtually one small location, 'Knife In The Water' puts bigger films to shame. No stars, no pyrotechnics, no special effects, probably very little budget, & it's completely riveting from start to finish.

It was nominated for the Best Foreign Film at the Oscars - the first feature of a young Polish film student - & rightly so.

A brilliant start to a brilliant career.

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