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Release Date:
7 June 2002 (Poland) See more »
To be, kurwa, or not to be ("To be, for fuck sake, or not to be")
It is a bitter story about a middle-aged man, who hates his life and other people, including himself... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Best Polish movie ever! See more (17 total) »


  (in credits order)
Marek Kondrat ... Adas
Janina Traczykówna ... Matka
Andrzej Grabowski ... Sasiad
Michal Koterski ... Syn Sylwus
Joanna Sienkiewicz ... Byla zona
Monika Donner-Trelinska ... Ela
Aleksander Bednarz ... Sasiad z dolu
Zbigniew Buczkowski ... Dozorca koszacy trawnik
Dorota Chotecka ... Wlascicielka psa w pociagu
Maria Ciunelis ... Wariatka w pociagu
Krystyna Czubówna ... Spikerka
Bozena Dykiel ... Wlascicielka psa
Piotr Fronczewski ... Lekarz w TV
Anna Gornostaj ... Klientka w kiosku
Joanna Jedrejek ... Dziewczyna reklamujaca 'wyciag z fiuta'
Jan Jurewicz ... Polityk
Joanna Kurowska ... Kobieta wychodzaca z supermarketu
Piotr Machalica ... Psychoanalityk
Andrzej Mastalerz ... Wariat w pociagu
Zofia Merle ... Wlascicielka psa w windzie
Cezary Pazura ... Facet na ulicy
Anna Powierza ... Uczennica Adasia
Anna Przybylska ... Policjantka
Jacek Rózanski ... Grajek pod oknem
Tomasz Sapryk ... Polityk
Krystyna Tkacz ... Klientka w kiosku
Maciej Tomaszewski ... Lekarz
Marcin Tronski ... Polityk
Anna Wojton ... Wlascicielka psa-inwalidy
Ewa Zietek ... Urolog
Cezary Zak ... Dentysta
Leszek Abrahamowicz ... Sluchajacy polityków
Katarzyna Ankudowicz ... 'Kura' w pociagu
Violetta Arlak ... Matka w pociagu
Piotr Bala ... Pilkarz
Malgorzata Bereza ... Córka policjantki
Andrzej Beja-Zaborski ... Polityk rozdzierajacy flage (as Andrzej Beya-Zaborski)
Waldemar Czyszak
Malgorzata Fijalkowska ... Punkówa na plazy

Henryk Golebiewski ... Robotnik kolejowy w pociagu
Piotr Grabowski
Janusz Hamerszmit ... Przechodzien
Slawomir Holland ... Robotnik kolejowy w pociagu
Elzbieta Jarosik ... Zakonnica w pociagu
Monika Jarosinska ... Dziewczyna w reklamie (credit only)
Marcin Klepacki ... Chlopak reklamujacy 'wyciag z fiuta'
Violetta Kolakowska ... Dziewczyna reklamujaca 'antyprykator'
Wojciech Kowman
Ireneusz Koziol
Ireneusz Machnicki ... Posel
Wojciech Mecwaldowski ... Pilkarz
Anna Muszynska
Ilona Ostrowska ... 'Kura' w pociagu (as Iwona Ostrowska)
Jacek Piotrowski ... Posel
Barbara Poznanski
Eliza Ryciak ... Dziewczyna reklamujaca sztuczne czlonki
Zdzislaw Rychter ... Robotnik pod oknem
Boguslaw Sar
Katarzyna Skrzypek ... Dziewczyna w reklamie przeciwlupiezowej
Tomasz Sobczak ... Pilkarz
Patrycja Soliman ... Dziewczyna reklamujaca 'Szkorbudent Total'
Cezary Studniak ... Hipis na plazy
Magdalena Wojnarowska ... Dziewczyna na plazy (as Magda Szczerbowska)
Malgorzata Scislowicz ... Pielegniarka
Karolina Trebacz ... Dziewczyna na plazy
Malgorzata Werner ... Dziewczyna w reklamie
Tomasz Wieczerzak ... Chlopak w reklamie przeciwlupiezowej
Maciej Wilewski ... Mezczyzna w reklamie
Katarzyna Zielinska ... 'Kura' w pociagu
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dariusz Krysiak ... Mezczyzna zagladajacy do gabinetu lekarskiego (uncredited)
Malgorzata Majewska ... Kobieta modlaca sie na balkonie (uncredited)
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Directed by
Marek Koterski 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marek Koterski 

Produced by
Jacek Bromski .... co-producer
Zbigniew Kula .... co-producer
Juliusz Machulski .... producer
Jacek Moczydlowski .... executive producer
Wlodzimierz Otulak .... producer
Marek Skladanowski .... co-producer
Original Music by
Jerzy Satanowski 
Cinematography by
Jacek Blawut 
Film Editing by
Ewa Smal 
Production Design by
Przemyslaw Kowalski 
Set Decoration by
Maria Kostrzewska 
Costume Design by
Ewa Krauze 
Makeup Department
Dariusz Krysiak .... makeup artist
Monika Mirowska .... makeup artist
Production Management
Dorota Ostrowska-Orlinska .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Malgorzata Adamska .... assistant director
Bruno Borchólski .... assistant director
Art Department
Cezary Matysiak .... assistant set decorator
Pawel Stachowiak .... assistant set decorator
Sound Department
Maria Chilarecka .... post-production sound: Studio 2 i Studio cyfrowe B WFDiF
Maria Chilarecka .... sound re-recording mixer: Dolby Digital: Studio 1 WFDiF
Maria Chilarecka .... sound
Tomasz Dukszta .... sound re-recording mixer: Dolby Digital: Studio 1 WFDiF
Mieczyslaw Karwicki .... studio operator: Studio 1 WFDiF
Jan Kozlowski .... studio operator: Studio 1 WFDiF
Leszek Micewski .... studio operator: Studio 1 WFDiF
Aleksander Musialowski .... post-production sound: Studio 2 i Studio cyfrowe B WFDiF
Aleksander Musialowski .... sound re-recording mixer: Dolby Digital: Studio 1 WFDiF
Rafal Pilkowski .... sound assistant
Pavel Stverák .... dolby consultant
Henryk Zastrózny .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Janusz Bykowski .... pyrotechnician
Visual Effects by
Daniel Markowicz .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Marek Baprawski .... second assistant camera
Tomasz Baprawski .... second assistant camera
Jacek Piotr Blawut .... second assistant camera
Andrzej Glacel .... steadicam operator
Zbigniew Jakubowski .... first assistant camera
Marek Modzelewski .... second assistant camera
Jakub Nocek .... second assistant camera
Tadeusz Ostrowski .... second assistant camera
Piotr Szczepanski .... camera operator
Krzysztof Wellman .... still photographer
Henryk Wingert .... generator operator
Lukasz Komisarczyk .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katarzyna Dominiak .... assistant costume designer
Marzena Wardzyk .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Ewa Chudzik .... colorist
Jakub Porczynski .... assistant editor
Music Department
Marta Broczkowska .... music supervisor
Marcin Majerczyk .... musician: guitar
Henryk Miskiewicz .... musician: saxophone
Pawel Perlinski .... musician: pianio
Andrzej Rewak .... music recordist: Studio "HARD"
Jerzy Satanowski .... musician: synthesizers
Zbigniew Wegehaupt .... musician: bass
Other crew
Janusz Budzyn .... title designer
Lukasz Ceranka .... title designer
Jakub Kedzierski .... set manager
Daniel Markowicz .... title designer
Anna Nowacka .... title designer
Monika Zalewska .... script supervisor (as Monika Zalewska-Radzko)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dzien swira" - Poland (original title)
"The Day of the Freak" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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Continuity: When we see the dog shitting under Adam's balcony, it firstly does it on thick, green grass but in the later scene when the dog is with a woman, it stands on bare ground without any grass.See more »
Adam Miauczynski:My dear friend on this journey. You built this dark mound to lead the life of a termite. Protected from the sunlight. Closed in your sad rigid rituals. Even if they make you mad, these rituals became your shield against the winds, the waves, against stars and feelings. Every day you struggle to forget your human condition. The clay you are molded from has dried out and hardened. No one will ever find in you an astronomer, musician, altruist, poet or human who lived for even one day.See more »
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Best Polish movie ever!, 12 October 2006
Author: Arek M. from Warsaw, Poland

"Day of Wacko" is in my opinion the best ever Polish movie. And I'm surely NOT exaggerating. Non-Poles who are not interested in or have no idea about Polish culture and realities will probably not get half of the film, but I still recommend it to anyone who's open minded.

This is a story about a well-educated and intelligent teacher in his middle-ages, who can't stand stupidity, ignorance, his neighbours, and generally everyone and everything around him. If you've seen "Falling Down" (1993) with Michael Douglas, which is by the way another film I'd recommend, you'll get the point. However, no plagiarism was used here. The main character hates himself as well, mainly for the lack of inspiration in writing and still being dependant on his mother. The whole movie is presented within the monologues he has in his head, in many cases dirty ones. And by that I mean many vulgarisms, which at some point may get repelling. Although containing some comic parts, this film is depressing, especially if you think about the man's tragedy, because his life can be called like that. If you try to understand his situation, see why he's frustrated, and why there are so many negative feelings in him, you'll probably reach the point in which you'll feel down. There are many Polish stereotypes, system faults, and absurd presented and in some way laughed out. But then again, you have a depressing feeling of not being able to do anything about it. I really recommend watching this movie to anyone, especially to those who have some mixed feelings about the world. If it's possible, try to talk to any Polish person around, so he/she would explain some of the things that may be typical for Polish society and not common at all in other cultures. I just hope the English translation of this film is good...

General note: 10/10 and I really mean it.

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