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Man of Iron (1981)

Czlowiek z zelaza (original title)
A few years after the events of Man of Marble (1977), a journalist investigates Mateusz Birkut's son Maciek Tomczyk, now an activist leading a shipyard strike.


Andrzej Wajda


Aleksander Scibor-Rylski (scenario)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerzy Radziwilowicz ... Maciek Tomczyk / Mateusz Birkut
Krystyna Janda ... Agnieszka
Marian Opania ... Winkel
Wieslawa Kosmalska Wieslawa Kosmalska ... Wieslawa Hulewicz
Irena Byrska ... Matka Hulewicz
Boguslaw Linda ... Dzidek
Lech Walesa ... Lech Walesa
Anna Walentynowicz Anna Walentynowicz ... Anna Walentynowicz
Jerzy Borowczak ... Stanislaw J. Borowczak (as Stanislaw J. Borowczak)
Zbigniew Lis Zbigniew Lis ... Zbigniew Lis
Teodor Kudla Teodor Kudla ... Teodor Kudla
Franciszek Trzeciak ... Badecki
Janusz Gajos ... Z-Ca Szefa
Andrzej Seweryn ... Kapt. Wirski
Marek Kondrat ... Grzenda


A worker becomes a "man of iron" forged by experience, a son comes to terms with his father, a couple fall in love, a reporter searches for courage, and a nation undergoes historic change. In Warsaw in 1980, the Party sends Winkel, a weak, alcoholic TV hack, to Gdansk to dig up dirt on the shipyard strikers, particularly on Maciek Tomczyk, an articulate worker whose father was killed in the December 1970 protests. Posing as sympathetic, Winkel interviews people who know Tomczyk, including his detained wife, Agnieszka. Their narrations become flashbacks using actual news footage of 1968 and 1970 protests and of the later birth of free unions and Solidarity. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Did You Know?


This was the first, and so far the only, sequel to win the Golden Palm at Cannes Film Festival. It was also the first Polish film to win this prize - the second was Roman Polanski's "The Pianist" in 2002. See more »


Agnieszka: The really nice thing is not being afraid of anything. Even in the slammer you know at least they can't lock you up.
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Piosenka dla Corki
Lyrics by Krzysztof Kasprzyk
Music by Maciej Pietrzyk
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A classic...
7 August 2008 | by trelkovskistoothSee all my reviews

There's just one thing that strikes me as odd and keeps me from giving the film ten stars. The wonderful protagonist of Man Of Marble, Agnieszka, is turned here into a stereotypical, boring wife/girlfriend. At a time of great historical importance , when issues she deeply cared about were the talk of Europe, all she finds time to discuss with a reporter who visits her at the detention center is romance. I'm having a hard time picturing the dedicated, driven and idealistic young person we know from Man Of Marble gasp unintelligibly about a child when her husband is on strike with Lech Walesa. A needless and surprising flaw in an otherwise great film.

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27 July 1981 (Poland) See more »

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Zespol Filmowy X Studio, Poland See more »


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