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25 August 2000 (Poland) See more »
Left behind by a circus, a camel wanders to the house of a simple middle-aged couple. Although the wife... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Jerzy Stuhr ... Zygmunt Sawicki
Anna Dymna ... Marysia Sawicka
Dominika Bednarczyk ... Bank Clerk
Blazej Wójcik ... Bank Clerk
Andrzej Franczyk ... Bank Manager
Feliks Szajnert ... Drunkard
Zbigniew Kaleta ... Photographer
Andrzej Kozak
Radoslaw Krzyzowski ... Advertising Agent
Stanislaw Banas ... Fire Chief
Piotr Dabrowski ... Fireman I
Zbigniew Rola ... Fireman II
Ewa Worytkiewicz ... Councilwoman I
Malgorzata Zabkowska ... Councilwoman II
Beata Schimscheiner ... Councilwoman III
Tomasz Schimscheiner ... Builder
Zbigniew Kosowski ... Stefaniak
Krzysztof Gluchowski ... Mayor
Katarzyna Mrózek ... Little Girl
Leszek Swigon ... Posterunkowy I
Tomasz Karolak ... Posterunkowy II
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jan Cielecki
Patrycja Durska
Krzysztof Gadacz
Dorota Godzic
Krzysztof Górecki
Ryszard Jasinski
Andrzej Konopka
Tadeusz Lomnicki
Ryszard Lukowski
Tomasz Medzik
Krzysztof Najbor
Krzysztof Stawowy
Dawid Zawadzki
Dorota Zieciowska ... Woman
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Directed by
Jerzy Stuhr 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Krzysztof Kieslowski 
Kazimierz Orlos  story "Wielblad"

Produced by
Janusz Morgenstern .... producer
Slawomir Rogowski .... producer
Original Music by
Abel Korzeniowski 
Cinematography by
Pawel Edelman 
Film Editing by
Elzbieta Kurkowska 
Production Design by
Monika Sajko  (as Monika Sajko-Gradowska)
Set Decoration by
Monika Sajko 
Costume Design by
Elzbieta Radke 
Production Management
Jolanta Jarzecka-Sawka .... unit production manager
Jan Kaczmarski .... production manager
Adam Santura .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sylwia Czaplewska .... assistant director
Maciej Swierzawski .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Nikodem Wolk-Laniewski .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Bartosz Blaschke .... electrician
Pawel Chiczewski .... electrician
Cezary Lisowski .... gaffer
Wojciech Szepel .... camera operator

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Also Known As:
"Duze zwierze" - Poland (original title)
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73 min
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
symbolism at its peak, 10 May 2001
Author: krebstar from Istanbul

what would you do if you see a camel standing in your garden? don't say it won't happen.. suppose it did you would probably call the police or ask someone for help. well that's not the main characters of "Duze Zwierze" did for sure. instead they wanted to keep it as a pet and as a result a good movie with symbolism at its peak came into scene..

camel is a symbol of something i do not want to mention. because it is the real essence of the movie.but it's symptomatic meaning seems to be that most people are afraid of what they don't know and they don't want to add uncertainty to their lives even if everything is going as boring as it could ever be. therefore it is very logical that the society doesn't want the camel as a pet.

it was a funny movie too. the "horse tax" on the camel made me laugh and at the same time think about with how much unimportant stuff a government can deal with! and while these scenes were shot, camera angles are changing accordingly so you sometimes feel pitiful for Mr. Sawicki and on others you see the government workers so small that you understand they are useless.

it was not a realistic movie for sure but i do not think that realistic P.O.V. should be a criteria in evaluating a movie. was it original? definitely. and finally every aspect of the movie had an important role for the whole film so that means there was a total unity.

when you see this film you will see how a society limits people's behaviors and actually we are not free because of the laws we make ourselves..

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