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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

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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2 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
a nice, outlandish story, 22 June 2005
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

I saw "Duze zwierze" (called "Big Animal" in English) at the 2001 Portland International Film Festival. It's a funky, rather nonsensical story of Zygmunt Sawicki (Jerzy Stuhr) finding a camel in his Polish village and adopting the lost animal.

I guess that it would be kind of neat to find something so unusual in a nowheres-ville. Maybe the movie has no major artistic value in the grand scheme of things, but it's still pretty funny. Yes, despite the many hardships that Poland has endured throughout its history, they can still make comedies.

Now that I've watched this Polish movie, I feel that I should try to watch more of them.

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