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An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Jerzy
Maja Ostaszewska ...
Anna
Artur Zmijewski ...
Andrzej
Danuta Stenka ...
Róza
Jan Englert ...
General
Magdalena Cielecka ...
Agnieszka
Agnieszka Glinska ...
Irena
Pawel Malaszynski ...
Lt. Piotr
Maja Komorowska ...
Andrzej's Mother
Wladyslaw Kowalski ...
Professor Jan
Antoni Pawlicki ...
Tadeusz
Agnieszka Kawiorska ...
Ewa
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Maj. Popov
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Obersturmbannführer Brunon Müller (as Joachim Assböck)
Waldemar Barwinski ...
Polish Officer
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Storyline

On 17 September 1939, a group of Polish officers and soldiers are imprisoned by the Soviet Army on the border of Poland. Anna and her daughter Nika travel from Krakow to meet her husband and officer Andrzej and they try to convince him to leave the soldiers and escape back home. However, Andrzej refuses to leave the troop and is deported to USSR. Later the Soviet tells that the Polish officers had been massacred by the Germans in the Katyn Forest with a shot on the back of the neck. However Anna retrieves Andrzej's diary and discloses that the soldiers had been actually murdered by the Soviet Army. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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21 September 2007 (Poland)  »

Also Known As:

Das Massaker von Katyn  »

Box Office

Budget:

PLN 15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£25,118 (UK) (19 June 2009)

Gross:

£25,118 (UK) (19 June 2009)
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Trivia

Poland's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008). See more »

Goofs

(1h 24min in): When Tadeusz tears down the poster, we can see that he rips most of it from the wall. In the next scene when soldiers come, there is a close-up of a soldier holding the pieces of the poster that are much larger than those left by Tadeusz. See more »

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Referenced in Andrzej Wajda: Let's Shoot! (2009) See more »

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"The Soviet Red Army is your ONLY friend"
8 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

KATYN is one of the most powerful World War II films I have ever seen and from the first frame of Poles fleeing from the Germans to the rear and the Russians in the front, an audience immediately feels the horror and claustrophobia of attempting to flee from the enemy, but with a sense of absolutely no where to run. The cast is simply superb, the story one of Polish Officers who meet their fate at the hands of the enemy, but with a sense of pride in themselves and their families, and the men and women who struggled to deal with both the Germans and the Russians and survive, is one written in the annals of history, but now with the truth of the slaughter finally brought to light. The final scenes in KATYN sent me from the theater with a sense of wanting to get a deep breath of air in my lungs, and to attempt to digest the horror I had just seen on the screen. KATYN deserves the Oscar and it is a film that will haunt you forever.


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