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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.

Director:

Andrzej Wajda

Writers:

Andrzej Mularczyk (story), Przemyslaw Nowakowski (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrzej Chyra ... Lt. Jerzy
Maja Ostaszewska ... Anna
Artur Zmijewski ... Andrzej
Danuta Stenka ... Róza
Jan Englert ... General
Magdalena Cielecka ... Agnieszka
Agnieszka Glinska Agnieszka Glinska ... Irena
Pawel Malaszynski ... Lt. Piotr
Maja Komorowska ... Andrzej's Mother
Wladyslaw Kowalski ... Professor Jan
Antoni Pawlicki ... Tadeusz
Agnieszka Kawiorska Agnieszka Kawiorska ... Ewa
Sergey Garmash ... Maj. Popov
Joachim Paul Assböck ... Obersturmbannführer Brunon Müller (as Joachim Assböck)
Waldemar Barwinski ... 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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The untold story of the crime Stalin could not hide.

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish | Russian | German | Ukrainian

Release Date:

21 September 2007 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Massaker von Katyn See more »

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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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Technical Specs

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

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: Let's Shoot! (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Parts: Agnus Dei, Lux Aeterna, Chaconne
Written by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performed by Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra
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"The Soviet Red Army is your ONLY friend"
8 December 2007 | by screenwriter-14See all my reviews

KATYN is one of the most powerful World War II films I have ever seen and from the first frame of Poles fleeing from the Germans to the rear and the Russians in the front, an audience immediately feels the horror and claustrophobia of attempting to flee from the enemy, but with a sense of absolutely no where to run. The cast is simply superb, the story one of Polish Officers who meet their fate at the hands of the enemy, but with a sense of pride in themselves and their families, and the men and women who struggled to deal with both the Germans and the Russians and survive, is one written in the annals of history, but now with the truth of the slaughter finally brought to light. The final scenes in KATYN sent me from the theater with a sense of wanting to get a deep breath of air in my lungs, and to attempt to digest the horror I had just seen on the screen. KATYN deserves the Oscar and it is a film that will haunt you forever.


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