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Vabank (1981)

Set in Warsaw in 1930's. After six years in jail, framed for bank robbery by an accomplice, the legendary Kwinto has only revenge on his mind. He is a safecracker in the old style, a thief ... See full summary »

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Juliusz Machulski
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Machulski ... Henryk Kwinto
Leonard Pietraszak ... Gustaw Kramer
Witold Pyrkosz ... J.J. Dunczyk
Ewa Szykulska ... Marta Rychlinska
Krzysztof Kiersznowski ... Nuta
Zdzislaw Kuzniar ... Krempitsch
Józef Para Józef Para ... Commisar Przygoda
Elzbieta Zajacówna ... Natalia
Jacek Chmielnik ... Moks
Zofia Graziewicz Zofia Graziewicz ... Kwinto's Wife (as Zofia Charewicz)
Henryk Bista ... Jan Rozek
Janusz Michalowski ... Comissar Karelicki
Leon Niemczyk ... Jeweler
Wlodzimierz Musial ... Adam 'Szpula' Szpulski
Lena Wilczynska ... Woman with Cat
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Storyline

Set in Warsaw in 1930's. After six years in jail, framed for bank robbery by an accomplice, the legendary Kwinto has only revenge on his mind. He is a safecracker in the old style, a thief with a sense of pride and loyalty. Upon leaving the jail he learns that his friend with whom he played in the jazz band has been murdered by the same guy - now a bank president - who sent him to prison. Kramer hopes to keep Kwinto's mouth shut by paying him off, but at the same time he hires a paid gun to kill him. Meanwhile, some young, petty crooks hearing that Kwinto is free want to join forces with him for a job. Kwinto, employing a retired professional and two young admirers, pulls his last job to get even with Kramer... Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

1 March 1982 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Go for Broke See more »

Filming Locations:

Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Zespól Filmowy "Kadr" See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

During the safe-cracking scene one of them is cutting a hole in safe's side. He is using a welding torch instead of a cutting torch. This is possible, because his daytime job is car mechanic, thus he has more to do with stitching things together rather than cutting them, hence he might be more used to operate welding torch. See more »

Quotes

Policeman: Police. We've got an order to bring you to the commissariat.
Henryk Kwinto: Why me?
Policeman: Mr. Kwinto, you can be taken just for your name.
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Alternate Versions

The version released in the Soviet Union was cut by 12 minutes. The following scenes were omitted:
  • Bloody details, as Rychlinsky (Kwinto's friend) falls out of the window
  • The scene of the search of Dunczyk. Moks and Nuta first go to a theater, than to a movie theater, which Dunczyk used to own.
  • Dunczyk and Kwinto watch an erotic slide-show.
  • Bloody details of Krempitsch's (the killer's) death.
  • Longer conversation with Kwinto on the roof of Kramer's bank.
  • Longer conversation with Kwinto in the restaurant, where he explains why he had to rob Kramer's bank.
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Connections

Referenced in King Size (1988) See more »

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This one should be world famous!
3 May 2007 | by Bernie-51See all my reviews

Polish cinema is not famous for its "entertainment" movies. At least, outside Poland. It is "artistic" and "dramatic" movies by early Polanski, Wajda and Kieslowski that were noticed and awarded throughout the world. And yet, there were few comedies that could be world hits or, at least, the European ones. They were in Poland and in east-Eueropean countries, especially in the Soviet Union. These are famous three by Juliusz Machulski: "Vabank", "Vabank 2" and "Seksmisja". "Vabank" - Machulski's debut is a precise and funny little masterpiece. The plot is twisted in "The Sting" style and is executed witch charm and wit. Acting, dialogs, music is superb; it's one of those unique films when every little detail falls into a right place. If You have any chance to rent it or catch it on TV, don't miss it. You won't be disappointed and surely You'll be interested in the sequel which (quite rare thing) is equally good.


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