Write and Fight

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Write and Fight
Directed by Wojciech Jerzy Has
Written by Wojciech Jerzy Has
Based on Pismak
by Wladyslaw Terlecki
Starring Wojciech Wysocki
Zdzislaw Wardejnc
Jan Peszek
Music by Jerzy Maksymiuk
Cinematography Grzegorz Kędzierski
Edited by Barbara Lewandowska-Conio
Wytwórnia Filmów Fabularnych (Łódź)
Distributed by Zespol Filmowy "Rondo"
Release date
  • 23 September 1985 (1985-09-23)
Running time
113 minutes
Country Poland
Language Polish

Write and Fight (Polish: Pismak) is a 1985 Polish film directed by Wojciech Jerzy Has, starring Wojciech Wysocki, Zdzislaw Wardejnc and Jan Peszek. The film is an adaptation of a novel by Wladyslaw Terlecki and tells the story of a young journalist locked in a prison cell with a safebreaker and a priest, and the stories they tell.


Set during the First World War, Raphael (Wojciech Wysocki), is a young journalist with literary ambitions who is arrested and put in prison for publishing an anti-clerical magazine called "The Devil". There he is given a cell with a famous safecracker (Zdzislaw Wardejn) and Sixtus (Jan Peszek), a taciturn former monk charged with murder. The writer forms the idea for a novel based on the stories his cellmates share, however when he contracts typhoid fever it becomes hard for him to distinguish what is real and what is imaginary.[1][2]


  • Grzegorz Heromiński as Hunchback
  • Gustaw Holoubek as Investigating Judge
  • Gabriela Kownacka as Maria
  • Andrzej Krukowski as Gruźlik
  • Janusz Michalowski as Prison Doctor
  • Hanna Mikuć as Sixtus' lover
  • Jan Peszek as Sixtus
  • Zdzislaw Wardejn as Boxer
  • Wojciech Wysocki as Raphael
  • Jerzy Zelnik as Writer
  • Marzena Trybal as the safecracker's friend
  • Gustaw Lutkiewicz as warden
  • John Paul Raven as jailer
  • Jerzy Zygmunt Nowak as the agent who arrested Raphael
  • Andrew Szenajch as officer
  • Jerzy Moes as Austrian officer


The film was released on 23 September 1985.

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