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
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English actor Jeremy Irons
speaks Polish in this movie. Of the four Polish characters, Iron's Nowak character is the only one that speaks English. According to John Orr in 'Senses of Cinema' (2009), Irons speaks both "English-accented Polish" and "Polish-accented English". See more
2:00 AM. Tuesday. 5th January, 1982. All we have left now is my five pennies and a six hour walk to Heathrow Airport. Now I cannot delay any longer. I must tell them the truth. What is happening in our country. God help me.