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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 »
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Unbelievable movie experience - (loosely) based on historical facts. 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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Unbelievable movie experience - (loosely) based on historical facts., 27 October 2011
Author: Michael Malak from United States

An unbelievable movie experience! ...But the film is not, nor does it claim to be, an account of actual historical events.

I was born in Poland in 1970, and having lived there until 1988 - I believe (despite the fact I was merely a child at the time); I believe that the movie portraits an accurate picture of life in Poland and prevailing political scene of those years.

Being a child of those years - I was surprised how little time was devoted in the movie to the character of Lech Walensa, who for me (living in Poland in the 80s) WAS Solidarity. But in THIS movie Walensa is only a secondary character. Instead, the movie is about "a woman". A woman (or two women) who opened the door for Walensa, a woman who started it all. A woman who, almost singlehandedly, instigated an opposition towards the Establishment. An opposition which subsequently lead to a revolution that eventually changed Central and Eastern Europe.

The biggest complaint against the movie comes from those who knew the people and events first hand. The complaints pertain to discrepancies between the movie and historical events. Having seen the movie, and having caught-up (a little) on those historical facts on the internet I believe the director chose to alter several facts for two reasons; 1) to allow himself/herself a freedom of artistic expression---and protect himself/herself from overbearing scrutiny. And 2) to create additional drama and tension in the movie that work very effectively. In support of this opinion I would like to point to two examples where the movie differs from actual events: 1) Agnieszka - the heroine in the movie - is a compilation of lives and actions of two women. And 2) The son of Anna Walentynowicz, in real life never wore a uniform (but in the movie this little alteration strikes gold).

Overall - very impressive and very important movie.

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