A worker becomes a "man of iron" forged by experience, a son comes to terms with his father, a couple fall in love, a reporter searches for courage, and a nation undergoes historic change. In Warsaw in 1980, the Party sends Winkel, a weak, alcoholic TV hack, to Gdansk to dig up dirt on the shipyard strikers, particularly on Maciek Tomczyk, an articulate worker whose father was killed in the December 1970 protests. Posing as sympathetic, Winkel interviews people who know Tomczyk, including his detained wife, Agnieszka. Their narrations become flashbacks using actual news footage of 1968 and 1970 protests and of the later birth of free unions and Solidarity. Written by
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Lech Walesa has an acting role in the movie, as a guest at the wedding of Agnieska and Maciej, making him the only Nobel Prize winner to have an acting part in a film that won the Golden Palm. See more
You know why? Because students and workers all act alone. When we moved; they held back; now they're moving and we're scared. We'll always lose this way.
Ballada o Janku Wisniewskim
Music by Andrzej Korzynski
Lyrics by M. Cholwa
Performed by Krystyna Janda
(vocal), Jacek Kaczmarski
(guitar), Przemyslaw Gintrowski
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