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Katyn (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | 21 September 2007 (Poland)
An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lt. Jerzy
... Anna
... Andrzej
... Róza
... General
... Agnieszka
Agnieszka Glinska ... Irena
... Lt. Piotr
... Andrzej's Mother
... Professor Jan
... Tadeusz
Agnieszka Kawiorska ... Ewa
... Maj. Popov
... Obersturmbannführer Brunon Müller (as Joachim Assböck)
... Polish Officer
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Storyline

When the Soviet Union on 17 September 1939 invades Poland, Anna Aleksandrowna leaves her home in Krakow to search for her husband, the Polish captain Andrzej. She finds him together with other officers captured by the Red Army, but some minutes later he is pushed into a train, which will take all the Polish officers to a prison camp in Kozelsk in Russia. Anna and her daughter Nika is now stuck in the Soviet occupied zone, unable to go back to Krakow in the German zone, not until a brave Russian captain helps them to flee. 3 April 1940 Andrzej is transported from the prison camp in Kozelsk to the Katyn Forest, where thousands of Polish officers are killed. In 1943 the Germans capture this area and find the mass graves. 13 April 1943 they start announcing the names of the identified corpses through loudspeakers in Krakow. Anna is happy that Andrzej is not in any of the Katyn lists, which gives her some hope. 18 January 1945 the Red Army liberates Krakow from the Nazis. The Russians ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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The untold story of the crime Stalin could not hide.

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Drama | History | War

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21 September 2007 (Poland)  »

Also Known As:

Das Massaker von Katyn  »

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Box Office

Budget:

PLN 15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,053, 22 February 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$118,095, 19 April 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,723,313, 19 April 2015
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Trivia

Although the personal story in the film is a fictionalised one, the history against which it was set is very real, and is a terrible part of Polish war history. Approximately 22,000 people were murdered by the Soviets during April and May of 1940 after their occupation of eastern Poland. Of those victims, about 14,000 were Polish military officers or police, while the remaining victims were educated professionals and community leaders. They were considered to be "intelligentsia" by the Soviet occupiers, and therefore dangerous to both the regime and Communist ideology. Their bodies were buried in mass graves in various locations, but the first graves were discovered in the Katyn Forest by the Germans and revealed to the world after their invasion of Russia. This is the origin of the name of the Katyn Massacre. See more »

Goofs

When Soviets are about to execute the General, there is a portrait of Joseph Stalin on the back wall. Stalin on the portrait has the uniform with shoulder straps of the Marshal of Soviet Union. Soviets begun to use shoulder straps in 1943 and Stalin did not had any military rank during events of Katyn massacre. He became Marshal in 1943 and Generalissimus in 1945. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Andrzej Wajda: Róbmy zdjecie! (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 3, Part 3 - Adagio, Part 4 - Passacaglia, Part 5 - Vivace
Written by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performed by Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra
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Katyn deserves an Oscar!!!!!
21 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Great movie! I hope that this movie will open the west's eyes on this massacre, though Franklin D. Roosevelt and W. Churchill knew about it (I recommend the book "A question of honor").

Mr. "Mythbreaker" is BTW clearly out of line in his comments which are purely political regarding this movie. At a recent visit of the Polish PM, Russia's President Mr. V. Putin admitted that the Katyn massacre was a Stalinist crime.

In addition the movie shows that Wajda's aim was not to disgrace the Russians (you will see that in the movie, don't want to spoil). I think the movie rather shows how cruel people can get.

The bad news: These kind of massacres still happen (see Rwanda, Sudan etc.)

Katyn deserves an Oscar!!!!!


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