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Moonlighting (1982)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jirí Stanislav ...
Eugeniusz Haczkiewicz ...
Edward Arthur ...
Immigration Officer
Denis Holmes ...
Renu Setna ...
Junk Shop Owner
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


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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26 September 1982 (USA)  »

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A nagy gázsi  »

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The film was entered into competition at Cannes Film Festival in 1982 whereupon it won the Best Screenplay award. See more »


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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of the '80s (1989) See more »

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The Peanut Gallery
16 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

This film is a mesmerizing and strangely addictive story about a man who buys a dilapidated condo in London and hires and transports several Polish builders to London to renovate it because they will work for a cheaper amount than the unionized English workers. Except for the foreman (in an early role by Jeremy Irons) none of them speak English and the foreman doesn't tell his employer or his co- workers when they overshoot the budget and run out of money.

Trying to figure out HOW he will get the job done and WHY he is going to such great lengths and pains becomes all consuming mental and emotional puzzles as you become sucked into this well written story and tour de force performance by Jeremy Irons. By the second half of the film, you can't bare to watch but can't stand to look away. (It's as if you meant to eat only a few peanuts to suddenly discover you've consumed the entire amount and didn't even notice) I think this film is best described as "Escapism" rather than "Enjoyment" but either way you won't be focused on anything else while you're watching it. In fact the "taste" of it lingered with me for days after I saw it. It's full of a quiet yet constantly building tension, with a capital 'T'. No car chases, big explosions, explicit sex, swearing or violence. Just a well constructed screen gem that seemed to have fallen through the cracks when it was released in the early 1980's.

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