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The Revenge (2002)

Zemsta (original title)
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A winter day at a Polish castle, half owned by a fatalistic notary and half by a volcanic old soldier's niece. The old soldier, Cupbearer, and the notary are sworn enemies, which may doom ... See full summary »

Director:

Andrzej Wajda

Writers:

Aleksander Fredro (play), Andrzej Wajda
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roman Polanski ... Józef Papkin
Janusz Gajos ... Czesnik Maciej Raptusiewicz
Andrzej Seweryn ... Rejent Milczek
Katarzyna Figura ... Podstolina Hanna
Daniel Olbrychski ... Dyndalski
Agata Buzek ... Klara Raptusiewiczówna
Rafal Królikowski ... Waclaw Milczek
Lech Dyblik ... Smigalski
Cezary Zak ... Perelka (cook of Czesnik)
Jerzy Nowak ... Michal Kafar (bricklayer #1)
Tadeusz Wojtych ... Maciej Mietus (bricklayer #2)
Henryk Golebiewski ... Bricklayer #3
Jerzy Slonka ... Priest
Magdalena Smalara Magdalena Smalara ... Rózia - Klara's maid
Grazyna Zielinska Grazyna Zielinska ... Cookie of Czesnik
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A winter day at a Polish castle, half owned by a fatalistic notary and half by a volcanic old soldier's niece. The old soldier, Cupbearer, and the notary are sworn enemies, which may doom the love between the niece, Klara, and the notary's son, Waclaw. On this day, the tongue-tied Cupbearer asks a braggart courtier, Papkin, to sue on his behalf for the hand of the widow Hanna. Papkin succeeds and the wedding is set for the next day. In response, the notary plots to marry Waclaw to the widow to upend Cupbearer's plans. When Cupbearer learns of this perfidy, he responds with his own plot. Will there be poison, a duel, kidnapping, and imprisonment; or, will fate bring another solution? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy

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Initially, Jerzy Stuhr was to play the part of Czesnik Raptusiewicz and Wojciech Pszoniak was considered for the part of Papkin. They both turned down the roles due to schedule conflicts. See more »

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Version of Zemsta (1957) See more »

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Oj kot
Produced by Anna Serbenska-Malarowska
Performed by Roman Polanski & Marcin Zalewski
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Amusing farce
15 November 2004 | by wjovbSee all my reviews

Wajda does a splendid job of enlivening for the contemporary screen what remains essentially a vehicle for the 19th Century stage. His editing is quick and adds sparkle to some splendid characterizations. Polanski is a revelation. The rest of the cast is excellent, including the young lovers. Clearly, an updated sampling of Poland's literary heritage is something "Robocop" enthusiasts may find hard to endure easily. The film is without belly laughs; rather,it provides a constant sense of building amusement and charm. It is far more accessible to us non-Poles than "Pan Tadeusz." If you know only Wajda's weightier political films, you owe it to yourself to see this one. Advisory: Even though the extras are promoted on the jacket of my DVD, they appear to be in Polish only, a real disappointment.


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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

4 October 2002 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

PLN6,700,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,406,059
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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