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Wielki Szu
Andrzej Pieczynski ...
Taxi Driver Jurek
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Prostitute Jola
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Stefan Mikun
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Card-Player Denel
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Wielki Szu's Wife
Bozena Baranowska ...
Jurek's Wife
Teresa Sawicka ...
Receptionist Halinka
Roman Baranowicz ...
Conman in Wroclaw
Grazyna Trela ...
Dorota, Jarek's Wife
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Lipo
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Jarek
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Conman in Wroclaw
Eliasz Kuziemski ...
Chairman Franciszek Korzen
Boguslaw Augustyn
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Released from prison after five years, con-artist Szu is sent packing by his young wife; he heads for the town of Lutyn where he runs a con and attracts the interest of Jurek, a young cab driver who imagines himself a great grifter. Szu ("Sharp") teaches Jurek a few tricks enabling the young man to win some money in Wroclaw, then Sharp departs with Jola, a prostitute who offers him a mark. How that plays out, Jurek's determination to win big, Sharp's cold calculations, and the wages of sin await. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Great and bitter Polish movie abort con-artists
11 August 2013 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

Some people might see similarities between this movie "Wielki Szu" – "Big Shar" and Martin Scorsese's "The Color of money " . I want to say that Scorsese's movie is a remake of movie from the 60's ("The Hustler") and is no way a rip-off of "Wielki Szu" ("Big Shar").

Anyway , this is a great movie . Jan Nowicki shines in the title role . His character is burned out , charming , sad , bitter , gentleman who looks for a place in his life . He lost his home once and now is searching for … something . He sees the whole life as a highway , where all the drivers are trying to kill each other . He wants to end with his profession , but unfortunately nothing is easy in life. Soon he becomes tempted by other people to keep on going as a con artist . One taxi driver (great Andrzej Pieczynski) begs him to teach him playing cards and become his mentor . Szu agrees and quickly their fates become intertwined to the very end.

The overall tone of the movie is sad , bitter and grim . It will make you think what in life is really important and it might change your look at other people . I give it 8/10.


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