The Pianist

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An adaptation based on the autobiography of the acclaimed Polish composer, Wladyslaw Szpilman, who detailed his survival during World War II, and narrowly escaped a roundup that sent his family to a death camp. A composer and pianist, Szpilman played the last live music heard over Polish radio airwaves before Nazi artillery hit. There, in Poland, Szpilman struggled to stay alive--even when cast away from those he loved. He spent the duration of the war hiding in the ruins of Warsaw and scavenging for food and shelter. Szpilman eventually reclaimed his artistic gifts, and confronted his fears--with aid from the unlikeliest of sources.

Release details

Rated: R
Release date: Friday December 27 2002
Duration: 148 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Roman Polanski
Screenwriter: Ronald Harwood
Cast: Adrien Brody
Thomas Kretschmann
Emilia Fox
Michal Zebrowski
Ed Stoppard
Maureen Lipman
Frank Finlay
Jessica Kate Meyer
Julia Rayner
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