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The Deluge (1974)

Potop (original title)
During the 1655 war between Protestant Sweden and Catholic Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth some Polish-Lithuanian nobles side with Swedish king Charles X Gustav while others side with the Polish king Jan Kazimierz.

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Jerzy Hoffman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Olbrychski ... Andrzej Kmicic
Malgorzata Braunek ... Olenka Billewiczówna
Tadeusz Lomnicki ... Michal Wolodyjowski
Kazimierz Wichniarz ... Jan Onufry Zagloba
Wladyslaw Hancza ... Janusz Radziwill
Leszek Teleszynski ... Boguslaw Radziwill
Ryszard Filipski ... Soroka
Wieslawa Mazurkiewicz ... Aunt Kulwiecówna
Franciszek Pieczka ... Kiemlicz
Leslaw Janicki Leslaw Janicki ... Damian Kiemlicz
Waclaw Janicki Waclaw Janicki ... Kosma Kiemlicz
Bruno O'Ya ... Józwa Butrym
Wlodzimierz Bednarski Wlodzimierz Bednarski ... Zend
Bogusz Bilewski ... Kulwiec-Hippocentaurus
Andrzej Kozak Andrzej Kozak ... Rekuc Leliwa
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Storyline

During the 1655 war between Protestant Sweden and Catholic Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth some Polish-Lithuanian nobles side with Swedish king Charles X Gustav while others side with the Polish king Jan Kazimierz. Polish colonels Andrzej Kmicic and Michal Wolodyjowski turn from foes to friends and together they fight against traitors, renegade Polish nobles and Swedish invaders. Written by nufs68

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Based on a novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz.


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Country:

Poland | Soviet Union

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

14 May 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Deluge See more »

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Budget:

PLN 100,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

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Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Potop is the Polish word for Deluge. A Deluge is a large downpour of rain. See more »

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Referenced in Zdjecia próbne (1977) See more »

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15 January 2006 | by akasha_shamira_draculaSee all my reviews

I'd just like to add that "The Deluge" contained the best battle scenes made for the next 20 years till the movie "Barveheart", but even now they're still impressing. Hoffman managed to do that without any special effects and in the times when Poland was a communistic country and the budget was smaller than the amount of money middle class actors in Hollywood get now paid.

Except the battle scenes, it's impossible to not see the wonderful costumes and decorations. They're not only beautiful, but they create the climate of the 17th century better, than the often artificial decorations in Hollywood movies made for any century.

The film's time is about six hours. To tell the truth, I doubt that the Americans would have made this movie nowadays for less than a 100 mln $. Jerzy Hoffman could have dreamed at the best of that kind of money for his film and still, he made one of the best movies in history of cinema and the best in the history of Polish cinema.


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