Moonlighting

Moonlighting

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski

Cast: Jeremy Irons, Eugene Lipinski, Jiri Stanislav

     
 

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Jeremy Irons portrays Nowak, one of four Polish laborers, living in England. In exchange for a place to stay, Irons and his buddies -- none of whom have British work permits -- agree to renovate their landlord's flat within a limited time-frame. Despite their hectic schedule, the boys agree never to work on Sunday: this is the day that they communicate with their… See more details below

Overview

Jeremy Irons portrays Nowak, one of four Polish laborers, living in England. In exchange for a place to stay, Irons and his buddies -- none of whom have British work permits -- agree to renovate their landlord's flat within a limited time-frame. Despite their hectic schedule, the boys agree never to work on Sunday: this is the day that they communicate with their loved ones in Poland. On one such Sunday, however, the Soviets declare martial law in Poland, cutting off all telephone and telegraph service to the outside world. Nowak, the only one of the four who speaks English, learns of the turmoil in Poland before his friends do; he decides to keep the news secret, rather than jeopardize their living arrangements. When the flow of money from home ceases, Nowak takes to stealing to finance the renovation project. He pushes his friends mercilessly to make sure the project is completed on time, secretly burning their letters so that they remain in the dark about the Soviet incursion upon their native soil. When they do find out, they physically vent their anger upon Nowak, perceiving him to be as much an enemy and oppressor as the Soviets. This is clearly the allegorical point that director Jerzy Skolimowski is hoping to make in Moonlighting; wisely, he avoids conveying his message in fluent tract, relating his story with generous doses of humor and irony.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
When martial law was declared in Poland in 1981 in the wake of the Solidarity uprisings, Polish expatriate filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski wanted to make a film about the crisis. But since it was politically and financially impossible for him to shoot a film in Poland, he structured Moonlighting around a metaphoric story, in which four Polish workers are stranded in London as their nation seals itself off from the world. Skolimowski's screenplay and efficient, claustrophobic direction create a superb microcosm of the crisis, capturing the uncertainty, paranoia, struggle for power, and uncomfortable sway between good intentions and abusive realities. And he was fortunate enough to cast Jeremy Irons as Nowak, the de facto leader of the exiled Warsaw laborers (and the only one who speaks English). Irons effectively buries his British voice and manner to reflect a man out of his element, more pragmatic than intelligent, both confident of his actions and fearful of their consequences. Like Spike Lee's Get on the Bus and Louis Malle's May Fools, Moonlighting concerns itself with the ideals and actions around a major historical event, perhaps teaching us more than the milling crowds and military hardware of a literal recreation might have done.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2005
UPC:
0692865231332
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
PG
Source:
Trinity Home Ent
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation; English 2.0 (Dolby Stereo); Trailer; Scene selection; Digitally mastered; Interactive menus

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeremy Irons Nowak
Eugene Lipinski Banaszak
Jiri Stanislav Wolski
Eugeniusz Haczkiewicz Kudaj
Dennis Holmes Neighbor
Jerzy Skolimowski Boss
Robyn Mandell Wrangler Shop Assistant
Fred Lee Own Chinese Man
Dorothy Zienciowska Airline Girl
Edward Arthur Immigration Officer
Renu Setna Junkshop Owner
David Calder Supermarket Manager
Judy Gridley Supermarket Supervisor
Jill Johnson Haughty Supermarket Customer
Michael Sarne Builder's Merchant
Lucy Hornak Wrangler Shop Assistant
Christopher Logue Workman
Kenny Ireland Timber Man
Trevor Cooper Hire Shop Man
David Gant Aquascutum Assistant
Jenny Seagrove Anna
Ian McCullough Boss Lookalike
Anne Tirard Lady in Telephone Box

Technical Credits
Jerzy Skolimowski Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Michael Guest Associate Producer
Debbie McWilliams Casting
Stanley Myers Score Composer
Tony Pierce-Roberts Cinematographer
Jane Robinson Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Shivas Producer
Boleslaw Sulik Screenwriter
Barrie Vince Editor,Screenwriter
Tony Woollard Production Designer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Moonlighting
0. Scene Selection
1. In the UK [19:33]
2. First Day Out [19:58]
3. Garbage Pickup [30:28]
4. Under Suspicion [27:09]

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