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Prawo i piesc (1964)

At the end of World War Two, Polish people move to the western lands vacated by Germans. But some ruthless profiteers pose as government representatives and intend to make off with loot ... See full summary »

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Józef Hen (novel), Józef Hen (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gustaw Holoubek ... Andrzej Kenig
Zofia Mrozowska ... Anna
Hanna Skarzanka ... Barbara Dubikowska
Wieslaw Golas ... Antoni Smólka
Zdzislaw Maklakiewicz ... Czesiek Wróbel
Ryszard Pietruski ... Wijas
Jerzy Przybylski ... Doctor Mielecki
Wieslawa Kwasniewska ... Zoska
Ewa Wisniewska ... Janka
Zbigniew Dobrzynski ... Rudlowski
Zofia Czerwinska ... Woman
Józef Nowak ... Lt. Wrzesinski
Adam Perzyk Adam Perzyk ... Maitre d'hotel Schaffer
Boleslaw Plotnicki ... Envoy
Wojciech Rajewski ... Man
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At the end of World War Two, Polish people move to the western lands vacated by Germans. But some ruthless profiteers pose as government representatives and intend to make off with loot from a deserted town they took over. One honest man stands up against them because he believes these goods belong to the people. Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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Nim wstanie dzien
Music by Krzysztof Komeda
Written by Agnieszka Osiecka
Performed by Edmund Fetting
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Sort of like a western set in 1945!
26 May 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Prawo i piesc" ("The Law and the Fist") is a very fascinating film that apparently hasn't been seen by many folks--at least outside of Poland. I say it apparently hasn't been seen because there are no reviews for it on IMDb--and it is a heck of a good film...too good not to be seen.

When the film begins, WWII is just about over and the Germans have left Poland. So now it's up to people to try to get back to normalcy--to find jobs, rebuild the towns and feed themselves. Andrzej Kennig (Gustaw Holoubeck) is one of these people--displaced and tired from being in a concentration camp following the bloody Warsaw uprising in 1944. He is given a job by the local authorities--or, at least he THINKS these are folks constituting the local government. The job is to go into the surrounding towns and secure them. However, once in one of these towns, he slowly starts to realize that their new mayor is just a thief who plans on looting everything he can from this nearly vacant town. When Andrzej sees that this means not only taking people's possessions but art treasures from a museum, he realizes he cannot let this happen. He attempts to covertly convince a few of the other workers to abandon their dirty jobs. He also tries to get a message out to the nearby police to get their as soon as possible. However, none of this works out and eventually he needs to either knuckle under and work with these opportunists or fight them. But what good is one man against six?

In many, many ways, despite being set in 1945, it's very much like an American western. The music (and plot) are a lot like "High Noon" and the idea of one lone man standing for right against a gang is certainly a very familiar one in westerns. Fortunately, the film works very well because it breathes new life into a familiar formula. Also, Gustaw Holoubeck does a very nice job playing a very weary but ultimately decent man.

By the way, while the film's strong socialist message might have fit in well with the communist dominated Polish film industry of 1964, it certainly is still very universal in its appeal and can be appreciated by anyone who wants a taut, well-crafted film.


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Polish | German

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14 September 1964 (Poland) See more »

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