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The Crown Witness (2007)

Swiadek koronny (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 2 February 2007 (Poland)
An investigate crime reporter meets at a hotel for a taped interview with a big time gangster who has turned state's witness and says that he's started a new, legitimate life. What the ... See full summary »

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Artur Kowalewski (segment), Piotr Pytlakowski (segment) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pawel Malaszynski ... Marcin Kruk
Robert Wieckiewicz ... Jan 'Blacha' Blachowski
Malgorzata Foremniak ... Mira Blachowska
Urszula Grabowska ... Iwona
Artur Zmijewski ... Pawel Sikora
Maciej Kozlowski ... Szybki
Janusz Chabior ... Ryszard Nowak
Monika Dryl Monika Dryl ... Marta
Krzysztof Globisz ... Robert Gazda
Szymon Bobrowski ... Waldemar Rozycki 'Skalpel'
Andrzej Zielinski ... Andrzej Basiak 'Mnich'
Andrzej Grabowski ... Jaroslaw Kowalik 'Kowal'
Alicja Dabrowska Alicja Dabrowska ... Malgoska Sarnecka
Katarzyna Paczynska Katarzyna Paczynska ... Kasia Blachowska
Andrzej Krukowski Andrzej Krukowski ... Jankes
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Storyline

An investigate crime reporter meets at a hotel for a taped interview with a big time gangster who has turned state's witness and says that he's started a new, legitimate life. What the gangster doesn't know is that a bomb that he planted to kill a fellow gangster accidentally killed the reporter's pregnant wife years ago, and the reporter isn't about to reveal this to the gangster until the time is right. Written by EveryManHisPart

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Taglines:

Milosc silniejsza niz mafia

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Official Sites:

Official site [Poland]

Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

2 February 2007 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crown Witness See more »

Filming Locations:

Jastarnia, Pomorskie, Poland

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Color
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Music by Ryszard Poznakowski
Lyrics by Grazyna Orlinska
Performed by Zbigniew Wodecki
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Cut-and-paste Hollywood mafia movie
30 October 2010 | by p-stepienSee all my reviews

Blacha (Robert Wieckiewicz), an ex-middleman in the criminal underground, is the key witness in an enormous Pruszkow mafia bust. As such he is kept under lock and key hidden away from the world. Intent on getting an interview with the ex-gangster is Marcin Kruk (Pawel Malaszynski), whose pregnant wife was collateral damage in a mafia car-bomb several years back with Blacha being his main suspect. Fortunately Blacha holds Marcin's journalistic work in very high regard, hence agrees to an exclusive interview in a secluded hotel in the Hel peninsula. There he retreads his criminal life...

A tale of two movies. Literally. It came to no shock when I found out that the 'present' was written by one person (Artur Kowalewski), while the retrospectives were done by another pair (Piotr Pytlakowski, Wojciech Kruk). Kowalewski's script is absolutely terrible - uninteresting, laughable, bland and at times ridiculous. This backed with the absolutely atrocious acting by Polish pretty-boy Malaszynski make it one of the worst cinematographic experiences I have seen lately. Even Robert Wieckiewicz was unables to act given his partnership, but what was worse - the dychotomy of the script unfortunately caused a severe schizophrenia and dual-personality disorder the character: 'Blacha' from the interview is completely out-of-sync with 'Blacha' from the retrospectives.

Now the second duo did a much better job, where they managed to flesh out the characters, the mafia, the way it functions and give the movie some real intense scenes. Now in the end even this part does run a bit flat and is nothing outside of the box of typical Hollywood movies, but at least it keeps you interested in the movie. Unfortunately the story is a bit too simple and straightforward, so it never hits home. Slowly and unfortunately it just fizzles out and give over the grand finale to the absolutely horrendous Kowalewski script.


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