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...
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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?
Let him unbutton.
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.
Referenced in Absolute Beginner