|Directed by||Theresa Connelly|
|Produced by||Nick Wechsler|
|Written by||Theresa Connelly|
|Music by||Luis Bacalov|
|Edited by||Curtiss Clayton
|Distributed by||Fox Searchlight Pictures|
|July 17, 1998|
Polish Wedding is a 1998 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Theresa Connelly and is also (a then-unknown) Kristen Bell's film debut in her uncredited role. It was screened at the Sundance Film Festival on January 16, 1998 and Berlin International Film Festival on February 12. It was released in the U.S. on July 17. It takes place within the Polish American community of Hamtramck, Michigan - the girlhood home of director Theresa Connelly - at some time between the 1950s and 1970s. Virtually all characters are Polish Americans, though the actors playing them are mostly of other ethnic origins.
Jadzia is the matriarch of a family of five children, four sons and a daughter. The household also includes the eldest son's wife – a Syrian-American whom Jadzia calls a Gypsy and who also works with Jadzia – and their child. Jadzia is (somewhat) happily married to Bolek, but is having a long-term relationship with Roman. Her daughter Hala becomes pregnant by a neighborhood cop and her family pressures him to marry her. Interior of the home were shot in a home on Wyandotte Street in Hamtramck. The St. Florian Church was used as a backdrop.
- Claire Danes as Hala
- Jon Bradford as Sailor
- Lena Olin as Jadzia
- Ramsey Krull as Kris
- Gabriel Byrne as Bolek
- Daniel Lapaine as Ziggy
- Rachel and Rebecca Morrin as Ziggy and Sofie's Baby
- Mili Avital as Sofie
- Steven Petrarca as Witek
- Brian Hoyt as Kaz
- Christina Romana Lypeckyj as Kasia
- Adam Trese as Russell Schuster
- Peter Carey as Piotrus
- Rade Šerbedžija as Roman
- Kristen Bell as teenage girl (uncredited)
Members of the Polish American community[who?] have pointed out that the film presents correct aspects of Polish culture. Connelly has in the course of her life also used the name "Theresa Panek", which more clearly indicates her Polish origins. A Procession of the Virgin and selection of an actual virgin to lead it does not happen in the Polish Roman Catholic Church, but the procession in the movie bears many similarities to the May Crowning tradition in the Roman Catholic Church.
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- Polish Wedding at the Internet Movie Database
- Polish Wedding at AllMovie
- Polish Wedding at the TCM Movie Database
- "The Big Lebowski Goes To The Polish Wedding: Polish Americans – Hollywood Style", review by John J. Bukowczyk
- New York Times Review, The Polish Wedding.
- Polish Wedding Review at Rotten Tomatoes.