R | | Biography, Drama, Music
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.
The majority of the piano music was written by Frederic Chopin, who was born in Poland in 1810. Even though an orchestra was playing an accompaniment, the final piece (played during the credits) was written for solo piano.
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.
In 1939, a radio plays Joseph Goebbels Sports Palace speech. Goebbels delivered that speech February 18th, 1943.
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)