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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

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

Tur says to Ewa, "Haven't you seen that Disney's "The Sleeping Beauty", remember?" That movie was first released fourteen years after 1945, so this may be a mistranslation in the subtitles for "Snow White". See more »

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Concerto For Cello And Orchestra No. 2
Written by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performed by Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra
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Excellent, brutal, touching -- the tragedy of a generation.
19 October 2007 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

Wajda, whose father was one of the tens of thousands of victims of this mega war crime, has created a powerful film that should be viewed both within Poland and abroad.

To understand modern Poland, it is necessary to understand what happened to much of the country's pre-WWII intellectual makeup. Wajda constructs a film that lets film audiences comprehend if not the scale of the crime, at least its devastating effects on victims and their families.

The film is well edited. It takes a complex story and tells it in the amount of time that audiences can both sit and take in the details as well as tolerate the brutality of the event itself.


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