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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:

$11,053 (USA) (20 February 2009)

Gross:

£25,118 (UK) (19 June 2009)
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The director's father was killed in this massacre. Andrzej Wajda was only 13 years old then. His father's remains were never found. 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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References Sleeping Beauty (1959) See more »

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Violin Sonata No. 1, Part 2 - Andante
Written by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performed by Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra
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Katyn deserves an Oscar!!!!!
21 February 2008 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Great movie! I hope that this movie will open the west's eyes on this massacre, though Franklin D. Roosevelt and W. Churchill knew about it (I recommend the book "A question of honor").

Mr. "Mythbreaker" is BTW clearly out of line in his comments which are purely political regarding this movie. At a recent visit of the Polish PM, Russia's President Mr. V. Putin admitted that the Katyn massacre was a Stalinist crime.

In addition the movie shows that Wajda's aim was not to disgrace the Russians (you will see that in the movie, don't want to spoil). I think the movie rather shows how cruel people can get.

The bad news: These kind of massacres still happen (see Rwanda, Sudan etc.)

Katyn deserves an Oscar!!!!!


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