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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 7 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 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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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

Around 1:37:00 Bucholz leans backwards when Horn is shouting at him. In the next shot he sits upstraight. 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

Remake of Ziemia obiecana (1927) See more »

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The realism with which Wajda shows early industrialization is worthy of Charles Dickens, Emile Zola or Maxim Gorky.
7 February 2020 | by politfilmSee all my reviews

Three young friends, a Pole, a German, and a Jew, decide to join forces and open a textile factory. Due to lack of money, they have to cope in various ways, at any cost, using all the means and without regard to social or moral norms, as well as the fate of other people, including those closest to them. The plot takes place in the last years of the XIX century, in the Polish industrial city of Lodz. The realism with which Wajda shows dirty, smoky city, dangerous factories, the brutal capitalist logic and wretched working class in poverty, on the verge of life and death, is worthy of Charles Dickens, Emile Zola or Maxim Gorky.


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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish | German | Yiddish | Russian

Release Date:

21 February 1975 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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