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Polish Wedding (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 17 July 1998 (USA)
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The film centers on a big Polish family. Jadzia is the mother and the ruler of the Pzoniak family (she has five children). Though she's happily married to Bolek, she is also having a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Danes ... Hala
Jon Bradford Jon Bradford ... Sailor
Lena Olin ... Jadzia
Ramsey Krull ... Kris
Gabriel Byrne ... Bolek
Daniel Lapaine ... Ziggy
Rachel Morrin Rachel Morrin ... Ziggy & Sofie's Baby
Rebecca Morrin Rebecca Morrin ... Ziggy & Sofie's Baby
Mili Avital ... Sofie
Steven Petrarca ... Witek
Brian Hoyt Brian Hoyt ... Kaz
Christina Romana Lypeckyj Christina Romana Lypeckyj ... Kasia
Peter Carey ... Piotrus
Rade Serbedzija ... Roman
Ryan Spahn ... Kid
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Storyline

The film centers on a big Polish family. Jadzia is the mother and the ruler of the Pzoniak family (she has five children). Though she's happily married to Bolek, she is also having a long-time affair with Roman. Her young daughter Hala is having an affair with neighbour cop Russell and becomes pregnant by him. Russell is pressed hard to marry Hala. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes the further you stray, the closer you are to home.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amori & segreti See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,055, 19 July 1998

Gross USA:

$692,588

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$692,588
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in Hamtramck, Michigan which is a 2.2 square mile enclave located inside the city of Detroit. Hamtramck was largely a Polish community for the bulk of the 20th century. See more »

Goofs

Apparently set in the late 70s/early 80s, a late-model Dodge truck can be seen as Russell follows Hala home in his police car. See more »

Quotes

Sailor: [chasing Hala to have sex] Your house? Are you crazy? Where are your parents?
Hala: My father's at work.
Sailor: And your mother?
Hala: She's dead.
Jadzia Pzoniak: [awakens and walks to outside door where Hala and sailor are] Hala?
Sailor: I thought you said your mother was dead?
Hala: She was.
[laughs evilly]
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... or maybe it's some other nationality
19 March 1999 | by ScoopySee all my reviews

What the????

Why are these characters supposed to be Polish, and why does the story take place in the present? It seems to be located somewhere in the 50's or 60's in terms of its attitudes and characters. It seems to be located far from urban America in terms of the wacky behavior of its characters. I can't relate to it in any way.

Lena Olin gets my award for the worst accent in the history of film. What was she thinking of? You know, Lena, the reason Meryl Streep gets all those accents right is not just because she's talented (though she is), but because she studies every word, every nuance of the rhythm. What were you thinking of with those rolling Hungarian r's and those throat-clearing Yiddish "ch" sounds.

Why didn't they just make this a family of Potsylvanians living in Crovenia in some dimly-remembered post-war era, and none of this would have bothered me.

As for Gabriel Byrne, this usually talented actor obviously decided not to bother with the accent or the whole damned movie for that matter, and he called in his part. He obviously realized this was no Sophie's Choice, and he just collected his paycheck. In some scenes he used a heavy accent, sometimes a lighter one, sometimes none at all ... one of those Kevin Costner things. On the other hand, Byrne's relationship with his daughter (a capable Claire Danes) was the best part of the movie, although that isn't saying much.

I could only find one hint that the characters were actually Polish ... I think they mentioned Pierogi once.

Forget this turkey. It has a few good moments, but they aren't worth the effort.


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