R | | Biography, Drama, Music
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.
The character played by Thomas Kretschmann was Captain Wilhelm Hosenfeld who, along with Oskar Schindler, shares the rare distinction of receiving the Righteous Among the Nations medal from the Jewish population. The real Hosenfeld died in Soviet captivity in 1952, possibly as a result of torture by the Russian authorities who held him responsible for war crimes. The real Szpilman didn't learn his real name - and fate - until 1951 when he did his best to save him, only to no avail.
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 crawls past the woman who was shot in the back and died kneeling in front of the hospital, before she reached the staircase, she has moved in front of the stairs.
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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