The Pianist

In this transformation of the life account “The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man’s Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945,” Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody), a Polish Jewish radio broadcast musician, sees Warsaw change slowly as World War II starts. Szpilman is constrained into the Warsaw Ghetto, yet is subsequently isolated from his family during Operation Reinhard. From this time until the inhumane imprisonment detainees are delivered, Szpilman stows away in different areas among the vestiges of Warsaw.

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The Pianist

 2h 30min
Release Date: 28 March 2003 (USA)
Genres: Biography, Drama, Music
Director: Roman Polanski
IMDb: 8.5

Box Office Collection

Budget: $35,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend USA & Canada: $111,261 Dec 29, 2002
Gross USA & Canada: $32,572,577
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $120,072,577


Academy Awards, USA 2003
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Adrien Brody

Best Director
Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski was not present at the awards ceremony, being a fugitive from U.S. justice since fleeing the country in 1978. Presenter Harrison Ford accepted the award on his behalf.

Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Ronald Harwood
BAFTA Awards 2003
Best Film
Roman Polanski
Robert Benmussa
Alain Sarde
AARP Movies for Grownups Awards 2003
Best Director
Roman Polanski
Best Foreign Film
Roman Polanski
Association of Polish Filmmakers Critics Awards 2002
Best Polish Film
Roman Polanski (director)
Awards Circuit Community Awards 2002
Best Director
Roman Polanski
Tied with Peter Jackson for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002).
Awards of the Japanese Academy 2004
Best Foreign Film
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2002
Best Film

Best Actor
Adrien Brody

Best Director
Roman Polanski
Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain 2003
Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)
CinEuphoria Awards 2010
Top Films of the Decade – International Competition
Roman Polanski
Czech Lions 2004
Best Foreign Language Film (Nejlepsí zahranicní film)
Roman Polanski
César Awards, France 2003
Best Film (Meilleur film)
Roman Polanski
Best Actor (Meilleur acteur)
Adrien Brody
Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur)
Roman Polanski
Best Music Written for a Film (Meilleure musique écrite pour un film)
Wojciech Kilar
Best Cinematography (Meilleure photographie)
Pawel Edelman
Best Production Design (Meilleurs décors)
Allan Starski
Best Sound (Meilleur son)
Jean-Marie Blondel
Gérard Hardy
Dean Humphreys
The Pianist
The Pianist


Adrien BrodyWladyslaw Szpilman
Emilia FoxDorota
Michal ZebrowskiJurek
Ed StoppardHenryk
Maureen LipmanMother
Frank FinlayFather
Jessica Kate MeyerHalina
Julia RaynerRegina

Writing Credits

Ronald Harwood(screenplay by)
Wladyslaw Szpilman(based on the book by)


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