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23 February 2007 (Poland) See more »
A nearly illiterate woman becomes one of the founders of Poland's Solidarity union. | Add synopsis »
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the Eastern Bloc did not have communism/socialism/Marxism; it had fascism See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order)
Katharina Thalbach ... Agnieszka Kowalska
Dominique Horwitz ... Kazimierz

Andrzej Chyra ... Lech Walesa
Wojciech Solarz ... Krystian (Jugendlicher)
Raphael Remstedt ... Krystian als Kind
Marta Straszewska ... Maria
Ewa Telega ... Mirka
Dariusz Kowalski ... Bochnak
Barbara Kurzaj ... Elwira
Maria Maj ... Chomska
Krzysztof Kiersznowski ... Mateusz
Andrzej Grabowski ... Sobieski
Wojciech Pszoniak ... Kaminski
Adam Trela ... Jaglelski
Jowita Budnik ... Dobrowolska (as Jowita Miondlikowska)
Joanna Bogacka ... Szymborska
Marek Brodzki ... Professor
Elzbetia Delk ... Double Agnieszka
Magdalena Boc ... Arbeiterin
Hubert Duszynoki ... Aufseher
Katarzyna Filimoniuk ... Journalistin

Henryk Golebiewski ... Marek
Krzysztof Gordona ... Funktionär 1980
Janvszo Czech ... Funktionär 1980
Marta Kalmus ... Arbeiterin
Izabela Gulbierz ... Ärztin
Piotr Gulbierz ... Aufseher
Wojciech Kalarus ... Lehrer
Dorota Kolak ... Kaminska
Hubert Koprowicz ... Arbeiter
Elzbieta Mrozinska ... Sekretärin des Direktors
Julia Popkiewicz ... Arbeiterin
Magdalena Smalara ... Renata
Anna Wydra ... Lechs Gattin
Patrycja Zlonek ... Arbeiterin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Volker Schlöndorff ... Radiosprecher (uncredited)
Florian Staniewski ... (uncredited)
Bogdan Suligowski ... Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Volker Schlöndorff 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Maciej Karpinski  contributing writer
Sylke Rene Meyer  biography
Andreas Pflüger 

Produced by
Janusz B. Czech .... line producer
Jürgen Haase .... producer
Wolfgang Plehn .... executive producer
Alexander Ris .... co-producer
Jörg Rothe .... co-producer
Marianna Rowinska .... associate producer
Maciej Slesicki .... co-producer
Original Music by
Jean-Michel Jarre 
Cinematography by
Andreas Höfer 
Film Editing by
Peter Przygodda 
Wanda Zeman 
Casting by
Ewa Brodzka 
Production Design by
Robert Czesak 
Costume Design by
Ewa Krauze 
Makeup Department
Wolfgang Böge .... makeup artist
Monika Chojnacka .... makeup artist
Beatrix John .... makeup artist
Gabriela Maciejowska .... makeup artist
Production Management
Malgorzata Jurczak .... production manager
Cornelia Schacht .... assistant production manager
Piotr Wozniak Starak .... assistant production manager
Anna Wydra .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marek Brodzki .... assistant director
Ralph Remstedt .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Hubert Bartholomae .... sound
Christian Czako .... boom operator
Frank Heidbrink .... sound mixer
Pit Kuhlmann .... sound supervisor
Robert Brzezinski Jr. .... stunts
Tomasz Krzemieniecki .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Maciej Giemza .... lighting technician
Jörg Güntner .... assistant camera
Norbert Kuhröber .... still photographer
Maciej Lisiecki .... still photographer
Max Penzel .... director of photography: second unit
Nils Rausch .... electrician
Arite Szadkowski .... assistant camera: second unit
Editorial Department
Jochen Kölsch .... commissioning editor: BR/Arte
Other crew
Christopher Berg .... project coordinator: ARRI
Hubert Koprowicz .... set manager
Inga Kruk .... production coordinator
Katarzyna Trzaska .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Strajk - Die Heldin von Danzig" - Germany (original title)
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Germany:104 min
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15 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
the Eastern Bloc did not have communism/socialism/Marxism; it had fascism, 25 December 2007
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

I've heard some about Poland's Labor Solidarity movement that eventually brought down the Soviet puppet government, but Volker Schlondorff's "Strajk - Die Heldin von Danzig" tells the story in detail. The movie focuses on Agnieszka Kowalska, chosen by the union leader as a heroine of labor in 1961 Gdansk. But it soon becomes clear that the people in power have merely done this to pacify her. In 1970, several workers get killed in an accident that the authorities try to whitewash. This leads to a massive strike that the government suppresses with tanks. But by the end of the 1970s, Karol Wojtyla has become Pope John Paul II, and Agnieszka has allied with Lech Walesa to form the country's first independent trade union. A quarter of a century later, Agnieszka wonders how things will turn out.

Probably the main thing that I derived from this film was what I derived from the German movie "The Lives of Others": the similarities between the Eastern and Western Blocs easily outweighed the differences. The Soviet Union, under the banner of "Marxism" took over Eastern Europe and installed puppet governments; just like how the US, under the banner of "freedom" took over Latin American and installed puppet governments. Moreover, following the 1970 strike, the authorities show pictures of people on TV and tell viewers to report anyone familiar; much like how Joe McCarthy and his people encouraged Americans to brand people as communists. When the government denies payment to the widows of workers killed in the accident, that reminded me of how the Bush administration used Hurricane Katrina to try and repeal a decades-old labor law in New Orleans. No matter how you look at it, when you look at the policies in any right-wing extremist society (no matter what it claims to be), they all sound exactly the same.

But anyway, this is a great movie. Poland has certainly released some good ones.

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