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The Last Witness (2018)

Not Rated | | History, Thriller | 29 May 2018 (USA)
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An ambitious young journalist uncovers the horrific slaughter of twenty-two thousand Polish officers during World War II. A secret that has been kept hidden for far too many years.

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Piotr Szkopiak
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Pettyfer ... Stephen Underwood
Robert Wieckiewicz ... Michael Loboda
Talulah Riley ... Jeanette Mitchell
Michael Gambon ... Frank Hamilton
Charles De'Ath ... Police Sergeant
Holly Aston ... Rose Miller (as Holly Augustine)
Anita Carey Anita Carey ... Joan Caldercott
Piotr Stramowski ... Andrzej Nowak
Will Thorp ... Colonel Janusz Pietrowski
Paddy Wallace ... DP Camp Sentry
Marko Leht ... Lieutenant Zygmunt Horniak
Akemnji Ndifornyen ... Sergeant Ekundayo Osunsanmi
Gwilym Lee ... Captain John Underwood
Mateusz Mirek ... Polish DP
Henry Lloyd-Hughes ... Mason Mitchell
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After credits: "In 1990, Soviet President Gorbachev admitted that the Soviet Union was responsible for the murders of Polish prisoners of war at Katyn in 1940. No one was ever prosecuted. In 2012, declassified documents proved that the U.S. government suppressed information that attested to Soviet guilt. No British government has ever publicly charged the Soviet Union with responsibility for the Katyn Massacre. This film is dedicated to the 22,000 Polish prisoners of war murdered in the Katyn Massacre and to those murdered in the years that followed so that the truth would remain buried forever." See more »

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The editor of the Western Post has a portrait of Winston Churchill in his office. According the the Churchill Museum the portrait was painted in 1955, some eight years after the film is set. See more »

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For all discerning film viewers this is a film well worth seeing
13 May 2018 | by kinsmanivanSee all my reviews

Being an Englishman who has been living in Poland for the last 16 years I was interested to see this joint Polish-Anglo production and it is definitely worth it for those viewers who are interested in this period of history just after the end of World War II.

The film, based on a true story, covers the British and American cover up of the Katyn massacre in 1940 by the Russian NKVD of around 22,000 Poles from the intelligentsia, military, church i.e. the country's elite. The victims were shot in the back of the head and buried in mass graves in the Katyn Forest, to be discovered a year later by German forces who were building a road thru the forest. In efforts to maintain the Russian commitment to defeating the Nazis, the massacre was blamed on the Germans.

Alex Pettyfer is very convincing in the role of Stephen Underwood, the young journalist who sets out to discover the mystery of why so many Polish soldiers are committing suicide in his area of Bristol. This is a mission that is of no interest to his editor (Michael Gambon) and he meets several obstacles along the way in his quest to find out the truth.

He is assisted in his quest by his lover, Jeanette Mitchell (Talulah Riley) who gives a good (but a times a little stilted ) performance and his efforts are being monitored by the British, headed by Mason Mitchell (Jeanette's homosexual husband played by Henry Lloyd-Hughes, who also puts in a convincing performance). The witness is played by the well-known actor, Robert Wieckiewicz, and his role is at the crux of the film's plot.

So, all in all a definite recommendation to see this film. Piotr Szkopiak (born to Polish parents in London - they were deported from Poland in 1939), who is both the film's director and co-writer, looks like a promising young director to watch out for.


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