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Vabank (1981)

Set in Warsaw in 1930's. After six years in jail, framed for bank robbery by an accomplice, the legendary Kwinto has only revenge on his mind. He is a safecracker in the old style, a thief ... See full summary »


Juliusz Machulski
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Machulski ... Henryk Kwinto
Leonard Pietraszak ... Gustaw Kramer
Witold Pyrkosz ... J.J. Dunczyk
Ewa Szykulska ... Marta Rychlinska
Krzysztof Kiersznowski ... Nuta
Zdzislaw Kuzniar ... Krempitsch
Józef Para ... Commisar Przygoda
Elzbieta Zajacówna ... Natalia
Jacek Chmielnik ... Moks
Zofia Graziewicz Zofia Graziewicz ... Kwinto's Wife (as Zofia Charewicz)
Henryk Bista ... Jan Rozek
Janusz Michalowski ... Comissar Karelicki
Leon Niemczyk ... Jeweler
Wlodzimierz Musial ... Adam 'Szpula' Szpulski
Lena Wilczynska ... Woman with Cat


Set in Warsaw in 1930's. After six years in jail, framed for bank robbery by an accomplice, the legendary Kwinto has only revenge on his mind. He is a safecracker in the old style, a thief with a sense of pride and loyalty. Upon leaving the jail he learns that his friend with whom he played in the jazz band has been murdered by the same guy - now a bank president - who sent him to prison. Kramer hopes to keep Kwinto's mouth shut by paying him off, but at the same time he hires a paid gun to kill him. Meanwhile, some young, petty crooks hearing that Kwinto is free want to join forces with him for a job. Kwinto, employing a retired professional and two young admirers, pulls his last job to get even with Kramer... Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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Comedy | Crime


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Did You Know?


During the safe-cracking scene one of them is cutting a hole in safe's side. He is using a welding torch instead of a cutting torch. This is possible, because his daytime job is car mechanic, thus he has more to do with stitching things together rather than cutting them, hence he might be more used to operate welding torch. See more »


Adam 'Szpula' Szpulski: And what should I say to Buttoned-Up?
Henryk Kwinto: Let him unbutton.
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Alternate Versions

The version released in the Soviet Union was cut by 12 minutes. The following scenes were omitted:
  • Bloody details, as Rychlinsky (Kwinto's friend) falls out of the window
  • The scene of the search of Dunczyk. Moks and Nuta first go to a theater, than to a movie theater, which Dunczyk used to own.
  • Dunczyk and Kwinto watch an erotic slide-show.
  • Bloody details of Krempitsch's (the killer's) death.
  • Longer conversation with Kwinto on the roof of Kramer's bank.
  • Longer conversation with Kwinto in the restaurant, where he explains why he had to rob Kramer's bank.
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Referenced in Absolute Beginner (2007) See more »

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For me the best crime comedy ever!
3 June 2013 | by mike-judaSee all my reviews

In my opinion Vabank is definitely the best Polish crime comedy of all times.

Great casting, acting, dialogues and overall atmosphere. And the plot is so cool you are impressed every time you watch it.

I don't how the jokes sound translated into English, but in Polish they are top notch. And you will appreciate it even more after watching tons of expensive Hollywood unfunny crime comedies.

Also the attention to detail when it comes to cars, interiors, costumes is really impressive. This movie really has everything. If you got a chance definitely check it out!

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German | Polish

Release Date:

1 March 1982 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Go for Broke See more »

Filming Locations:

Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland See more »

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Studio Filmowe Kadr See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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