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PG | | Drama | 26 September 1982 (USA)
A Polish contractor, Nowak, leads a group of workmen to London so they can provide cheap labor for a government official based there. Nowak (Irons) has to manage the project and the men as ... See full summary »

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Banaszak
Jirí Stanislav ...
Wolski
Eugeniusz Haczkiewicz ...
Kudaj
Edward Arthur ...
Immigration Officer
Denis Holmes ...
Neighbor
Renu Setna ...
Junk Shop Owner
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Supermarket Manager
Judy Gridley ...
Supermarket Supervisor
Claire Toeman ...
Supermarket Cashier
Catherine Harding ...
Lady Shoplifter
Jill Johnson ...
Haughty Supermarket Customer
David Squire ...
Supermarket Assistant
Michael Sarne ...
Builders' Merchant (as Mike Sarne)
Lucy Hornak ...
Wrangler Shop Assistant
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A Polish contractor, Nowak, leads a group of workmen to London so they can provide cheap labor for a government official based there. Nowak (Irons) has to manage the project and the men as they encounter the tempations of the West and loneliness and separation from their families. Nowak is the only one of the group who speaks English, and he uses this as a tool over his team. When the unrest in Poland leads to a military takeover, Nowak is faced with a much more difficult situation than he expected. Written by Dan Hartung <dhartung@mcs.com>

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The movie was a political response from exiled Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski's to the sudden and dramatic imposition of Martial Law in his home country of Poland which occurred after the Solidarity uprising. According to 'Time Out', the film was "Conceived and made with an urgency appropriate to the December 1981 military clampdown on Skolimowski's native Poland". See more »

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Nowak: I can speak their language, this is why the boss chose for me for the job. But I don't know what they really mean.
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An important lesson in history wasted by a silly script
10 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

One of the previous commentators tells us that Skolimowski wrote the script in one day; this shows. We do not hear any conversations between the workers who are heroes of the film ! We hear sometimes thoughts in the head of the main character. The martial law period in Poland was aimed at crushing the Solidarity movement. It succeeded - for some years. Compare this film with wonderful "The man of iron" directed by Andrzej Wajda who shows the birth of Solidarity. So much could have been done showing how Solidarity was crushed - only the director who is also the script writer had hardly a clue what to do. As another commentator points out, the workers are kept in the dark by their foreman. Seeing on TV the streets of Warsaw with tanks, do they really believe this is normal ? Particularly so since they left Poland when Solidarity was flourishing ... Jeremy Irons is a very good actor; one can presume he wanted to show to the world how Solidarity was crushed. Irons apparently assumed that Skolimowski originating from Poland knows what he is doing; a sad mistake. If you have sympathy for the Solidarity movement and its role in history - as many people around the world do - do not watch this film. You would be terribly disappointed.


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