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The Pianist

Rating:R (for violence and brief strong language)
Genre:Drama
Release Date:December 27, 2002
Running time:148 minutes
Cast:Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Maureen Lipman, Frank Finlay, Ed Stoppard
Director:Roman Polanski
Producer:Roman Polanski, Robert Benmussa, Alain Sarde
Writer:Ronald Harwood, Wladyslaw Szpilman
Distributor:Focus Features

Description: An adaptation based on the autobiography of the acclaimed Polish composer, Wladyslaw Szpilman, who detailed his survival during World War II, and narrowly escaped a roundup that sent his family to a death camp. A composer and pianist, Szpilman played the last live music heard over Polish radio airwaves before Nazi artillery hit. There, in Poland, Szpilman struggled to stay alive--even when cast away from those he loved. He spent the duration of the war hiding in the ruins of Warsaw and scavenging for food and shelter. Szpilman eventually reclaimed his artistic gifts, and confronted his fears--with aid from the unlikeliest of sources.

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