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Gods (2014)

Bogowie (original title)
The early career of cardiac surgeon Zbigniew Religa. Despite harsh reality of the 1980s Poland, he successfully leads a team of doctors to the country's first human heart transplantation.

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Lukasz Palkowski

Writer:

Krzysztof Rak
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomasz Kot ... Zbigniew Religa
Piotr Glowacki ... Marian Zembala
Szymon Piotr Warszawski ... Andrzej Bochenek
Magdalena Czerwinska ... Anna Religa
Rafal Zawierucha ... Romuald Cichon
Marta Scislowicz ... Nurse Magda
Karolina Piechota ... Nurse Krysia
Wojciech Solarz ... Anesthetist
Arkadiusz Janiczek ... Pherfuzionist
Cezary Kosinski ... Roman Wlodarski
Konrad Bugaj Konrad Bugaj ... Young Doctor
Magdalena Kaczmarek Magdalena Kaczmarek ... Nurse Jolka
Magdalena Wróbel Magdalena Wróbel ... Nurse Michalina
Milena Suszynska Milena Suszynska ... Nurse Gosia
Jan Englert ... Prof. Waclaw Sitkowski
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The early career of cardiac surgeon Zbigniew Religa. Despite harsh reality of the 1980s Poland, he successfully leads a team of doctors to the country's first human heart transplantation.

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doctor | heart | surgeon | 1980s | poland | See All (30) »

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

10 October 2014 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Gods See more »

Filming Locations:

Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,960,658
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Watchout Studio See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There are cameos of two main co-workers of Religa as members of bioethics commission: Marian Zembala (first from left) and Andrzej Bochenek (first from right). See more »

Quotes

Prof. Waclaw Sitkowski: Cutting a beating heart out of a human being...
Zbigniew Religa: Out of a body.
Prof. Waclaw Sitkowski: A human being. It's ethically vague.
Zbigniew Religa: The world has no doubts.
Prof. Waclaw Sitkowski: Zbyszek, you know very well that, in our country, the heart is a relic.
Zbigniew Religa: Yes, but we both know it's a muscle.
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Compelling and dramatic medical history
17 January 2016 | by rhjphSee all my reviews

Maverick, mercurial young heart surgeon, recently returned from the US to Poland, takes on the conservative local medical hierarchy, as well as Communist bureaucracy, in his driving ambition to put Poland, patients,and himself in the forefront of world cardiology. With the film based on a true story, he challenges conventional thinking, inspires a renegade young team and strives to overcome obstructions and reverses, while struggling with his own demons in a cloud of cigarette smoke. Set around 1985, the subdued, but not dull, colour palette reflects the late Communist era, with tight, fast-moving editing, as well as framing. Sub-titled, sometimes in slightly questionable English, the script swings between narrative, tragedy and some comedy, with echoes of the Stephen Hawking Theory of Everything. Acting is of a satisfying standard, although some of the supporting parts are thinly characterised. The viewer must survive a good deal of gory surgery, which is more than can be said of some of the patients. Recommended.


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