R | | Biography, Drama, Music
Ronald Harwood was assigned the role of writing the screenplay, largely on the strength of his play "Taking Sides". Roman Polanski saw the play when it was produced in Paris in 2000. As the play is about music and Nazis, he figured Harwood would be a great fit for the project.
Wladyslaw Szpilman: Hello.
Dorota: Oh, I came specially to meet you. I love your playing.
Wladyslaw Szpilman: Who are you?
Dorota: My name is Dorota. I, I'm Jurek's sister... You're bleeding.
When Szpilman is waiting in the concentration camp with his family and his father buys a small piece of caramel, he is shown to divide it with a small pocket knife with nothing happening whatsoever. The most likely result of this would have been that the knife would've been taken away by guards as it would be considered to have been a useful weapon.
Aside from the Universal and Focus Features credits, there are no opening credits. All credits, including the title, appear at the end of the film.
English, German, Russian
$105,284 (Belgium) (27 September 2002)
$32,572,577 (USA) (8 June 2003)
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