Sami swoi

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Sami swoi
Sami swoi DVD cover.jpg
DVD cover of color version
Directed bySylwester Checinski
Written byAndrzej Mularczyk
StarringWaclaw Kowalski
Wladyslaw Hancza
Zdzislaw Karczewski
Music byWojciech Kilar
CinematographyStefan Matyjaszkiewicz
Edited byJanina Niedźwiecka
Release date
  • 1967 (1967)
Running time
81 minutes

Sami swoi ([ˈsami ˈs̪fɔ.i]; translated as All Friends Here or Our Folks; literally "only ourselves") (1967) is the first part of a Polish comedic trilogy of movies by Sylwester Chęciński. Its two follow-ups are Nie ma mocnych (a Polish idiom meaning "no can do") (1974) and Kochaj albo rzuć ("Love It or Leave It") (1977).

The film[edit]

The film was black and white but was colorized in 2000 by Dynacs Digital Studios for Polish television station Polsat. The score was composed by Wojciech Kilar.

The movie was filmed mostly in Dobrzykowice near Wrocław, with some scenes at Lubomierz and surrounding areas.

It was one of the most popular Polish comedies of its times and still remains an old favorite. Lubomierz has a museum dedicated to the movies, and Toruń has a statue of the two main heroes, Kargul and Pawlak.

The story[edit]

Kargul and Pawlak in Toruń

The movie is the story of the two quarreling families, who after the end of the Second World War were resettled from Kresy to the Regained Territories, after Poland's borders were shifted westwards. The bad blood between them runs to a time when one of Karguls plowed a few inches ('3-fingers-width') into the Pawlak's territory, for which one of the Pawlaks hit him with a scythe and then, fearing retribution, emigrated to the United States. Years later, he comes back, and finds that both families live peacefully. His brother, Kazimierz, tells him the story of how the families came to terms, in a form of Romeo and Juliet-like marriage between Pawlak's son, Witia, and Kargul's daughter, Jadźka.

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