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Pan Tadeusz (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 21 January 2000 (USA)
In the early 1810s, Poles, part of Russia's client state of Lithuania, think independence will come if they join forces with Napoleon when he invades Russia. This unity of purpose, in one ... See full summary »

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Andrzej Wajda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Boguslaw Linda ... Priest Robak
Daniel Olbrychski ... Gerwazy
Grazyna Szapolowska ... Telimena
Andrzej Seweryn ... Sedzia Soplica
Michal Zebrowski ... Tadeusz
Marek Kondrat ... Count Horeszko
Krzysztof Kolberger ... Adam Mickiewicz
Alicja Bachleda ... Zosia Horeszkówna (as Alicja Bachleda-Curus)
Jerzy Trela ... Podkomorzy
Jerzy Gralek ... Wojski
Marian Kociniak ... Protazy
Piotr Gasowski ... Rejent
Andrzej Hudziak ... Asesor
Wladyslaw Kowalski ... Jankiel
Krzysztof Globisz ... Major Plut
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In the early 1810s, Poles, part of Russia's client state of Lithuania, think independence will come if they join forces with Napoleon when he invades Russia. This unity of purpose, in one district, is undermined by two families, feuding since the head of one shot the head of the other twenty years before. There are hopes of a reconciliation through a marriage of Pan Tadeusz, a Soplica, whose father, the murderer, is in hiding somewhere, and Zosia, a teen-aged girl, a Horeszko who lives in the household of Pan's uncle. Other cross-currents - of love, family, politics, village traditions, land reform, and what it means to be Polish - give the film texture. It's an exile's story. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Country:

Poland | France

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

21 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Пан Тадеуш See more »

Filming Locations:

Józefów, Mazowieckie, Poland See more »

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Budget:

PLN 12,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The first showing of this film was at a private screening in the Vatican attended by Pope John Paul II and Andrzej Wajda. See more »

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Referenced in Poranek kojota (2001) See more »

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Great sensation, but with regional impact
4 December 1999 | by litvaniaSee all my reviews

Pan Tadeusz had a huge impact on Polish audience this year. The film, which was made on a three-million dollar budget, beat all records of popularity in Poland. On the first weekend 420,000 Poles saw the movie. By mid-November more than three million Poles watched Pan Tadeusz in the 130 movie theaters nationwide.

We can expect high popularity level in Lithuania, and, maybe, to some extent in Belarus. But otherwise, the movie will be overlooked and probably discarded by the people who are not familiar with the history of the region, namely, with the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the union with Recz Pospolita (The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth).

For Poles, Lithuanians, Belarusians this is a movie that brings back poignant nostalgia for the glorious past of the Duchy. For everyone else, it is just another historical ballad, based on the classical poem of Adam Mickiewicz.

The director, Andrzej Wajda, did a wonderful job -- the casting seems almost perfect, the whole organization is very nice, the acting is powerful. Some Polish movie critics predict that the film is going to be nominated for Oscar, but as far as it looks now, it is going to be huge -- but only on a regional scale.


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