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The Promised Land (1975)

Ziemia obiecana (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 21 February 1975 (Poland)
At the turn of the century, Lodz, Poland was a quick-paced manufacturing center for textiles, replete with cutthroat industrialists and unsafe working conditions. Three young friends, a ... See full summary »

Director:

Andrzej Wajda

Writers:

Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont (novel) (as Stanislaw Reymont), Andrzej Wajda
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Olbrychski ... Karol Borowiecki
Wojciech Pszoniak ... Moryc Welt
Andrzej Seweryn ... Maks Baum
Anna Nehrebecka ... Anka Kurowska
Tadeusz Bialoszczynski ... Ojciec Karola - Karol's Father
Bozena Dykiel ... Mada Müller
Franciszek Pieczka ... Müller
Danuta Wodynska ... Müllerowa
Marian Glinka ... Wilhelm Müller
Andrzej Szalawski ... Herman Bucholz
Jadwiga Andrzejewska ... Bucholzowa
Kalina Jedrusik ... Lucy Zuckerowa
Jerzy Nowak ... Zucker
Stanislaw Igar ... Grünspan
Kazimierz Opalinski ... Ojciec Maksa, Maks' Father
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Storyline

At the turn of the century, Lodz, Poland was a quick-paced manufacturing center for textiles, replete with cutthroat industrialists and unsafe working conditions. Three young friends, a Pole, a Jew and a German, pool their money together to build a factory. The movie follows their ruthless pursuit of fortune. Written by krasnoludek

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Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

Poland's official submission to the 1976's Oscar to the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

Goofs

When Bucholz is beating August, his cane is bending. See more »

Quotes

Karol Borowiecki: I have nothing, you have nothing, and he has nothing; that means together we have enough to start a factory.
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Alternate Versions

On 21 May 1978 Public television aired the first episode of a mini-series which was based on the theatrical version. The television version contains four parts and is about 25 minutes longer than the version previously shown in cinemas across Poland. In October 2000 there was a new release of the movie in Polish cinemas. The new version is about 30 minutes shorter than the original one but while it doesn't contain some scenes from the original edition it also includes some scenes which was taken from the television version. The sound of the new version was digitally remastered. See more »

Connections

Featured in Sygnowane Andrzej Wajda (1989) See more »

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Impressive piece of art
4 June 2008 | by christian_chrSee all my reviews

Usually I tend to hold on to those movies where there are many things I can relate to, in other words modern realistic dramas.

In this case, even if many situations in the film is dramatized incredible, its still a world that in some way did historical exist when Europe was early industrialized. A storyline of a very raw world these people lived in, with a very hard over dramatized personal directions of the actors: This is a typical East-European style of a movie, when it comes to directing and acting. Even if I was a bit put off by this over dramatization I was glued to the screen.

This production is so well done in all aspects that you will be tussed around in your mind and almost put to trans like you did when you saw animated movies as a child.

I disparead for many moments, and just fell into the movie, living in the story, something I seldom do nowadays.

The entire concept of this movie is stunning. The technical quality is about the best I have ever seen and heard of a movie that is that old.

The scenaries are completely mind blowing, considering that digital effects didn't exist 1975. Photography that is remarkable beautiful and for the time a fantastic sound engineering when it comes to recording and post.

I watched this film on DVD screened by very good equipment, and It was shocking that that quality could be produced 1975.

Respect for Polish film workers !


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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish | German | Yiddish | Russian

Release Date:

21 February 1975 (Poland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

PLN31,300,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release) | (4 episodes) (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Digital (re-release)

Color:

Color (Orwocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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