“The Pianist” quotes

(2002)
Movie The Pianist
Roman Polanski directed this movie in 2002
Title The Pianist
Year 2002
Director Roman Polanski
Genre Drama, History, War, Biography
Plot – Wladyslaw Szpilman, a talented pianist of Polish-Jew origins, escapes deportation. Forced to live in the heart of the Warsaw ghetto, he experiences all the sufferings, humiliations and struggles of the war. He manages to escape and hides in the ruins of the capital. A German officer helps him to survive.
All actors – Adrien Brody, Emilia Fox, Michal Zebrowski, Ed Stoppard, Maureen Lipman, Frank Finlay, Jessica Kate Meyer, Julia Rayner, Wanja Mues, Richard Ridings, Nomi Sharron, Anthony Milner, Lucy Skeaping, Roddy Skeaping, Ben Harlan, Thomas Lawincky, Joachim Paul Assböck, Roy Smiles, Paul Bradley, Daniel Caltagirone, Andrzej Blumenfeld, Darian Wawer, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Lejb Fogelman, Detlev von Wangenheim, Popeck, Zofia Czerwinska, Emilio Fernandez, Udo Kroschwald, Uwe Rathsam, Joanna Brodzik, Katarzyna Bargielowska, Maja Ostaszewska, John Bennett, Cyril Shaps, Wojciech Smolarz, Lech Mackiewicz, Ruth Platt, Frank-Michael Köbe, Torsten Flach, Peter Rappenglück, Ronan Vibert, Krzysztof Pieczynski, Katarzyna Figura, Valentine Pelka, Andrew Tiernan, Tom Strauss, Thomas Kretschmann, Cezary Kosinski, Grzegorz Artman, Adam Bauman, Pawel Burczyk, Zbigniew Dziduch, Marian Dziedziel, Nina Franoszek, Jerzy Góralczyk, John Keogh, Jaroslaw Kopaczewski, Patrick Lanagan, Dmitri Leshchenko, Dorota Liliental, Rafal Mohr, Andrzej Pieczynski, Morgane Polanski, Norbert Rakowski, Piotr Siejka, Weronika Szen, Andrzej Szenajch, Tomasz Tyndyk, Andrzej Walden, Zbigniew Walerys, Maciej Winkler, Tadeusz Wojtych, Andrzej Zielinski, Maurycy Zylber, Xawery Zylber, Tomasz Golaski, Tomasz Ciszewski, Rafal Dajbor, Roman Garbowski, Anna Gryszka, Adrian Hood, Ryszard Kluge, Maciej Kowalewski, Ireneusz Machnicki, Pawel Malaszynski, Adam Malecki, Aleksandra Nizynska, Axel Prahl, Dagmara Sieminska, Izabella Szolc, Daniel Szpilman, Dawid Szurmiej, Borys Szyc, Jacek Wolszczak, Pawel Zdun
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  • “- Wladyslaw Szpilman: You've got to give me something to do.
    - Yehuda: You're an artist, Wladek. You do enough.
    - Wladyslaw Szpilman: I want to help. I want to do something.
    - Yehuda: You're too well known, Wladek. And you know what? You musicians don't make good conspirators. You're too... too... musical!”

    Adrien Brody - Wladyslaw Szpilman
    Paul Bradley - Yehuda
  • “- Wailing Woman: Why did I do it? Why did I do it? Why did I do it?
    - Halina: She's getting on my nerves. What did she do, for God's sake?
    - Father: She smothered her baby.”

    Katarzyna Bargielowska - Wailing Woman
    Jessica Kate Meyer - Halina
    Frank Finlay - Father
  • “Sell this. Food is more important than time.”

    Adrien Brody - Wladyslaw Szpilman
    [Tag:food, money, time]
  • “- Henryk: I thought you only recruited boys with rich fathers. Look at my father, look at us.
    - Itzak Heller: Yes, I'm looking at you, and that's why I'm here. Your whole family can have a better life. You want to go on struggling for survival, selling books on the street?
    - Henryk: Yes, please.”

    Ed Stoppard - Henryk
    Roy Smiles - Itzak Heller
  • “If I'm going to die, I prefer to die in my own home.”
    Adrien Brody - Wladyslaw Szpilman
    [Tag:death, home]
  • “I love to see a woman playing the cello.”
    Adrien Brody - Wladyslaw Szpilman
    [Tag:girl, music]
  • “20 zloty, that's all we have left, 20 zolty. What can I buy with 20 zloty? I am sick of cooking potatoes, potatoes, potatoes.”
    Maureen Diane Lipman - Mother
    [Tag:cooking, money]
  • “- Yehuda: These will start the uprising. Majorek hides them in his underpants, and leaves them in toilets.
    - Majorek: As many toilets as I can find. Germans never use Jewish toilets. They're too clean for them.”

    Paul Bradley - Yehuda
    Daniel Caltagirone - Majorek
  • “Majorek used to be in the army. Brilliant man. The only thing I've got against him is he's not a socialist.”
    Paul Bradley - Yehuda
  • “They all want to be better Nazis than Hitler.”
    Adrien Brody - Wladyslaw Szpilman
    [Tag:nazism]
  • “- Wladyslaw Szpilman: It's an official decree, no Jews allowed in the parks.
    - Dorota: What, are you joking?
    - Wladyslaw Szpilman: No, I'm not. I would suggest we sit down on a bench, but that's also an official decree, no Jews allowed on benches.”

    Adrien Brody - Wladyslaw Szpilman
    [Tag:jews, racism]
  • “- Dorota: No-one play Chopin like you.
    - Wladyslaw Szpilman: I hope that's a compliment.”

    Emilia Fox - Dorota
    Adrien Brody - Wladyslaw Szpilman
  • “- Wladyslaw Szpilman: Please. I'm Polish. I'm not a German.
    - Polish Soldier: Then why the fucking coat?
    - Wladyslaw Szpilman: I'm cold.”

    Adrien Brody - Wladyslaw Szpilman
    Rafal Dajbor - Polish soldier
    [Tag:clothes, cold, nation]
  • “- Henryk: I won't wear it.
    - Regina: I won't wear it. I'm not going to be branded.”

    Ed Stoppard - Henryk
    Julia Rayner - Regina
    [Tag:jews, nazism, symbols]
  • “- Halina: We could hide the money. Look here. We can hide the money under the flower pots.
    - Father: No, no, no, no, I'll tell you what we do. We use tried and tested methods. You know what we did in the last war? We made a hole in the table leg and hid the money in there.
    - Henryk: And suppose they take the table away?”

    Jessica Kate Meyer - Halina
    Frank Finlay - Father
    Ed Stoppard - Henryk
    [Tag:money, war]
  • “- Wladyslaw Szpilman: I don't know how to thank you.
    - Captain Wilm Hosenfeld: Thank God, not me. He wants us to survive. Well, that's what we have to believe.”

    Adrien Brody - Wladyslaw Szpilman
    Thomas Kretschmann - Captain Wilm Hosenfeld
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