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Squaring the Circle (1984)

An account of how Lech Walesa and the "Solidarity" trade union confronted the might of Communist dictatorship in Poland.

Director:

Mike Hodges

Writer:

Tom Stoppard
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jonathan Adams ... Gwiazda
John Antrobus John Antrobus ... 1st. Witness
Peter Bayliss ... Barcikowski
John Bluthal ... Babiuch
Robert Bridges Robert Bridges ... Kubikov
Robert Cartland Robert Cartland ... Szydiak
Stuart Cox Stuart Cox ... General Jaruzelski's Secretary
Richard Crenna ... The Narrator
Mark Dignam ... 2nd. Witness
Frank Ellis Frank Ellis ... Miner
Jon Glover ... Picket
Gordon Gostelow Gordon Gostelow ... Mazowiecki
Michael Harbour Michael Harbour ... Lis
Don Henderson ... Kuron
Bernard Hill ... Lech Walesa
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An account of how Lech Walesa and the "Solidarity" trade union confronted the might of Communist dictatorship in Poland.

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1984 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Agonas gia eleftheria See more »

Filming Locations:

UK

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Terrific political drama
29 July 2007 | by laykinSee all my reviews

In my opinion this one of Stoppards best works. I'm amazed that it has become almost invisible . it can't be found on disc . I've watched it on tape several times . It is a terrific reference point for anyone even slightly interested in the initial confrontations between "Solidarity" and the (then) Communistregime in Warsaw . The USSR's background machinations as a sub-plot are amusing too in the light of history .

While the film ends on a Bleak note (half a dozen years before the fall of the "Wall") , it was certainly a harbinger of things to come .

And , with the irony of the current confrontation between the EU and Poland over Gdansk's future , "Squaring the Circle" should be of interest for anyone involved . Brusells is about to do what Breshnev et Cie failed to do....bringing that pesky shipyard to it knees.

>>>>>>>>>>>Joel Laykin , HK


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