The Pianist

The Pianist (2002)

Music was his passion. Survival was his masterpiece.

  • Genre: Drama, War
  • Release Date: 2002-09-17
  • User Rating: 8.3/10 from 8671 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 30min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Canal+ Polska
  • Production Country: France, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom
  • Director: Roman Polanski
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The true story of pianist Władysław Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works for a while as a laborer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city.

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  • Adrien Brody

    as Władysław 'Władek' Szpilman
  • Thomas Kretschmann

    as Captain Wilm Hosenfeld
  • Frank Finlay

    as Father
  • Maureen Lipman

    as Mother
  • Emilia Fox

    as Dorota
  • Ed Stoppard

    as Henryk Szpilman
  • Julia Rayner

    as Regina Szpilman
  • Jessica Kate Meyer

    as Halina Szpilman
  • Michal Zebrowski

    as Jurek
  • Wanja Mues

    as SS Slapping Father
  • Richard Ridings

    as Mr. Lipa
  • Nomi Sharron

    as Feather Woman
  • Anthony Milner

    as Man Waiting to Cross
  • Lucy Skeaping

    as Street Musician
  • Roddy Skeaping

    as Street Musician
  • Ben Harlan

    as Street Musician
  • Thomas Lawinky

    as Schutzpolizei
  • Joachim Paul Assböck

    as Schutzpolizei
  • Roy Smiles

    as Itzak Heller
  • Paul Bradley

    as Yehuda
  • Daniel Caltagirone

    as Majorek
  • Andrzej Blumenfeld

    as Benek
  • Zbigniew Zamachowski

    as Customer with Coins
  • Detlev von Wangenheim

    as SS Officer
  • Popeck

    as Rubenstein
  • Zofia Czerwińska

    as Woman with Soup
  • Udo Kroschwald

    as Schultz
  • Uwe Rathsam

    as SS Shooting the Woman
  • Joanna Brodzik

    as Woman Shot in the Head
  • Katarzyna Bargiełowska

    as Wailing Woman
  • Maja Ostaszewska

    as Woman with Child
  • John Bennett

    as Dr. Ehrlich
  • Cyril Shaps

    as Mr. Grün
  • Wojciech Smolarz

    as Boy with Sweets
  • Lech Mackiewicz

    as Fellow Worker
  • Ruth Platt

    as Janina
  • Peter Rappenglück

    as SS Making a Speech
  • Ronan Vibert

    as Janina's Husband
  • Krzysztof Pieczyński

    as Marek Gębczyński
  • Katarzyna Figura

    as Neighbour
  • Valentine Pelka

    as Dorota's Husband
  • Andrew Tiernan

    as Szalas
  • Tom Strauss

    as Dr. Luczak
  • Cezary Kosiński

    as Lednicki
  • Paweł Burczyk

    as Polish Workman
  • Nina Franoszek

    as Polish Woman
  • John Keogh

    as Polish Officer
  • Rafał Mohr

    as Schutzpolizei
  • Andrzej Pieczyński

    as Prisoner
  • Morgane Polanski

    as Girl
  • Grzegorz Artman

    as Other part
  • Adam Bauman

    as Other part
  • Andrzej Szenajch

    as Other part
  • Zbigniew Dziduch

    as Other Part
  • Marian Dziędziel

    as Other part
  • Jerzy Góralczyk

    as Other part
  • Jarosław Kopaczewski

    as Other part
  • Patrick Lanagan

    as Other part
  • Dorota Liliental

    as Other part
  • Norbert Rakowski

    as Other part
  • Piotr Siejka

    as Other part
  • Tomasz Tyndyk

    as Other part
  • Andrzej Walden

    as Other part
  • Zbigniew Waleryś

    as Other part
  • Maciej Winkler

    as Other part
  • Tadeusz Wojtych

    as Other Part
  • Andrzej Zieliński

    as Other part
  • Paweł Małaszyński

    as Man in Ghetto (uncredited)
  • Axel Prahl

    as German Soldier - Rummage Bags (uncredited)
  • Borys Szyc

    as Young Gestapo (uncredited)
  • Rafał Dajbor

    as Soldier (uncredited)
  • Adrian Hood

    as Piano Buyer (uncredited)
  • Ryszard Kluge

    as Jew Working on the Bulding Site (uncredited)
  • Maciej Kowalewski

    as SS Officer (uncredited)
  • Pawel Zdun

    as (uncredited)
  • Jacek Wolszczak

    as Man in Ghetto (uncredited)
  • Malgorzata Trybalska

    as Zydówka (uncredited)
  • Dawid Szurmiej

    as Man in Ghetto (uncredited)
  • Izabella Szolc

    as Women in Ghetto (uncredited)
Production Celestia Fox Casting
Sound Wojciech Kilar Original Music Composer
Directing Roman Polanski Director
Production Roman Polanski Producer
Writing Ronald Harwood Screenplay
Production Robert Benmussa Producer
Production Alain Sarde Producer
Camera Paweł Edelman Director of Photography
Art Allan Starski Production Design
Editing Hervé de Luze Editor
Production Timothy Burrill Executive Producer
Writing Władysław Szpilman Novel
Costume & Make-Up Anna B. Sheppard Costume Design
Production Lew Rywin Executive Producer
Production Henning Molfenter Executive Producer
Production Henning Molfenter Production Supervisor
Crew Alister Mazzotti Special Effects Coordinator
Crew Inga Meissner Transportation Coordinator
Production Heta Mantscheff Casting
Art Gabriele Wolff Set Decoration
Production Rainer Schaper Associate Producer
Production Gene Gutowski Co-Producer
Costume & Make-Up Jean-Max Guérin Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Didier Lavergne Makeup Artist
Art Wiesława Chojkowska Set Decoration
Production Grazyna Kozlowska Location Manager
Production Brendan Donnison Casting
Production Oliver Lüer Production Manager
Sound Suzana Peric Music Editor
Production Michał Szczerbic Production Manager
Art Nenad Pečur Art Direction
Sound Jean-Marie Blondel Production Sound Mixer
Crew Janusz Chlebowski Stunts
Crew Andrew Mollo Creative Consultant
Camera Guy Ferrandis Still Photographer
Directing Sylvette Baudrot Script Supervisor
Crew Nils Konrad Driver
Sound Nancy Allen Music Editor
Visual Effects Thomas Tannenberger Visual Effects Producer
Sound Gérard de Lagarde Sound Effects
Directing Caroline Veyssière Assistant Director
Sound Dean Humphreys Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Crew Jim Dowdall Stunt Coordinator
Directing Weronika Migoń Assistant Director
Art Waldemar Weiss Construction Coordinator
Sound Gérard Hardy Sound Editor
Production Sonja Sommer Production Manager
Production Vanessa Baker Casting
Directing Zbigniew Gruz Assistant Director
Editing Lionel Cassan Assistant Editor
Crew Didier Duverger Thanks
Visual Effects Fabien Pascal Color Designer
Directing Anna Zenowicz Script Supervisor
Sound Anne Le Campion Sound Mixer