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300 Miles to Heaven (1989)

300 mil do nieba (original title)
Based on a true story dating back to 1985 when two Polish boys, a teenager and his little brother, escaped from communist Poland all the way to Sweden, hidden under a truck. In the movie, their destination has been changed to Denmark.

Director:

Maciej Dejczer

Writers:

Maciej Dejczer (screenplay & dialogue), Cezary Harasimowicz (screenplay & dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wojciech Klata ... Grzes
Rafal Zimowski Rafal Zimowski ... Jedrek
Kama Kowalewska Kama Kowalewska ... Elka
Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieslak ... The Mother
Andrzej Mellin ... The Father
Adrianna Biedrzynska ... Journalist
Aleksander Bednarz ... Teacher
Krzysztof Stroinski ... Elka's Father
Hans Christian Ægidius Hans Christian Ægidius ... Muzyk
Wieslaw Komasa ... Komornik
Ryszard Mróz ... Prokurator
Henryk Niebudek Henryk Niebudek ... Milicjant
Jerzy Schejbal ... Konsul
Peter Steen Peter Steen ... Urzednik w obozie
Holger Vistisen Holger Vistisen ... Pracownik stacji benzynowej
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Based on a true story dating back to 1985 when two Polish boys, a teenager and his little brother, escaped from communist Poland all the way to Sweden, hidden under a truck. In the movie, their destination has been changed to Denmark.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

Denmark | France | Poland

Language:

Polish | Danish

Release Date:

30 October 1989 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

300 Meilen bis zum Himmel See more »

Filming Locations:

Galkówek, Lódzkie, Poland See more »

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Sad movie about two kids that want to choose their future
19 November 2016 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

"300 mil do nieba" tells the story of two brothers and a friend of the oldest, who decide to take their chances and try to get out of Poland any way possible. We end up having a sad little movie, that shows the terrible situation of the poor and oppressed.

The story is simple enough and basically follows the grueling journey of the two brothers since the moment they decide to go on the run together. Their family is poor, their father, a teacher, lost his job because he didn't obey the orders from above about how history should be taught, they also have two younger twins... They are being strangled economically and psychologically, and in their imagination, they see the United States as the dream land.

The movie is bleak. Not terribly, but it keeps dark, dirty and angry throughout the whole running time. The direction is simple but effective, and the acting, even if the children are not great, is acceptable enough that it doesn't become a negative. The music is beautiful and brings the story to life without making it very cheesy. However, there are some down points, like some breaks of pace that don't make much sense, and some jarring moments when the story jumps from one point to the other too much in a hurry.

Good movie, but it could have been better.


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