Moonlighting (film)

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Moonlighting
Moonlighting poster.jpg
Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski
Produced by Mark Shivas
Jerzy Skolimowski
Michael White
Written by Jerzy Skolimowski
Starring Jeremy Irons
Eugene Lipinski
Jirí Stanislav
Eugeniusz Haczkiewicz
Music by Stanley Myers
Distributed by Miracle Films (UK)
MK2 Diffusion (France)
Release date
26 September 1982
Running time
97 mins.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Polish

Moonlighting is a 1982 British drama film written and directed by Jerzy Skolimowski. It is set in the early 1980s at the time of the Solidarity protests in Poland. It stars Jeremy Irons as Nowak, a Polish builder leading a team working illegally in London.

Plot[edit]

Arriving in London from Warsaw in December 1981 are master electrician Nowak, who understands the language but not the inhabitants, with three workmen who know no English. Their task is to gut and renovate a house, for which they have brought what tools they can carry, while Nowak has cash to buy materials. Since the whole operation is illegal, Nowak keeps them working indoors while he goes out to get food and supplies. As his money runs out, he takes to stealing so that the four can survive. In the meantime, Poland is undergoing the traumas of demonstrations and strikes followed by the declaration of martial law, banning of Solidarity and mass arrests. All this Nowak conceals from the men, in order to finish the job. With no money left, they have a six hour walk to the airport and a flight home to an uncertain future.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

It was entered into the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Screenplay.[1]

Roger Ebert gave it four stars out of four[2] and included it in his list of Best Movies of 1982. Gene Siskel called it his favorite movie of 1982. Allmovie gave Moonlighting four out of five stars.[3] The New York Times called Moonlighting "immensely rewarding" and one "of the best films ever made about exile".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Moonlighting". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  2. ^ Moonlighting at rogerebert.suntimes.com
  3. ^ Moonlighting at allmovie.com
  4. ^ Moonlighting at The New York Times

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