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Wielki Szu (1983)

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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Nowicki ...
Wielki Szu
Andrzej Pieczynski ...
Taxi Driver Jurek
Dorota Pomykala ...
Prostitute Jola
Leon Niemczyk ...
Stefan Mikun
Karol Strasburger ...
Card-Player Denel
Grazyna Szapolowska ...
Wielki Szu's Wife
Bozena Baranowska ...
Jurek's Wife
Teresa Sawicka ...
Receptionist Halinka
Roman Baranowicz ...
Conman in Wroclaw
Grazyna Trela ...
Dorota, Jarek's Wife
Jerzy Bonczak ...
Jan Frycz ...
Ryszard Kotys ...
Conman in Wroclaw
Eliasz Kuziemski ...
Chairman Franciszek Korzen
Boguslaw Augustyn


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 <>

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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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