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Polish Wedding (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 17 July 1998 (USA)
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The film centers on a big Polish family. Jadzia is the mother and the ruler of the Pzoniak family (she has five children). Though she's happily married to Bolek, she is also having a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Danes ... Hala
Jon Bradford Jon Bradford ... Sailor
Lena Olin ... Jadzia
Ramsey Krull ... Kris
Gabriel Byrne ... Bolek
Daniel Lapaine ... Ziggy
Rachel Morrin Rachel Morrin ... Ziggy & Sofie's Baby
Rebecca Morrin Rebecca Morrin ... Ziggy & Sofie's Baby
Mili Avital ... Sofie
Steven Petrarca ... Witek
Brian Hoyt Brian Hoyt ... Kaz
Christina Romana Lypeckyj Christina Romana Lypeckyj ... Kasia
Peter Carey ... Piotrus
Rade Serbedzija ... Roman
Ryan Spahn ... Kid
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Storyline

The film centers on a big Polish family. Jadzia is the mother and the ruler of the Pzoniak family (she has five children). Though she's happily married to Bolek, she is also having a long-time affair with Roman. Her young daughter Hala is having an affair with neighbour cop Russell and becomes pregnant by him. Russell is pressed hard to marry Hala. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes the further you stray, the closer you are to home.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amori & segreti See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$92,055, 19 July 1998

Gross USA:

$692,588

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$692,588
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First screen appearance by 'Veronica Mars' star Kristen Bell, as an uncredited teen neighbor. See more »

Goofs

Apparently set in the late 70s/early 80s, a late-model Dodge truck can be seen as Russell follows Hala home in his police car. See more »

Quotes

Russell: It's true what they say about you Pollack girls. All they have to do is blow in their ear. But with you, all I had to do was look at you.
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Sadly I was quite disappointed in most aspects of this film.
15 April 1999 | by HanneSee all my reviews

Polish Wedding was a film that was not quite popular, but I wanted to see it to make my own assumptions. Sadly I was quite disappointed in most aspects of this film. The story is supposed to be about a blue -collar Polish family in Detroit whose members are all struggling with their love and hatred for each other. The mother played by Lena Olin, is self obsessed - caring only for her control of her children and love affair. The father is a tired baker, who sees the holes in his family but is reluctant to face them. Claire Danes plays their 'free spirit' of a daughter, who wanders alleyways at night with strange boys and ends up pregnant. The film technique and art direction is a contrasting mix of urban ugliness and natural beauty. There are some notably beautiful scenes for which I must give some credit. Aside from this one point of merit, the rest of the film falls short of what I expected. First of all, the characters are really unrealistic. Being part Polish, I found the accents to be contrived and the whole feel of the family to be unfamiliar. The characters were interesting at first, but due to lack of development, become increasingly boring as time goes on. I tried, with great effort, to see where the title becomes relevant in this film, but there is no hint of a wedding in this film - Dane's character just waltzes to the boys house in a wedding gown - actually convinced she will get married ???? I think this film might have been a real jewel if the story had moved a little more quickly and if the characters had not been so flat and un-dynamic. Anyone with a hint of Polish in their blood might even find this film more offensive that self-relevant. It casts a bad picture onto a people with a far more interesting family tradition than is seen in this artificial construction.


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