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      Knife in the Water

      Released Mar 9, 1962 1 hr. 34 min. Drama List
      97% 34 Reviews Tomatometer 85% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score On their way to an afternoon on the lake, husband and wife Andrzej (Leon Niemczyk) and Krystyna (Jolanta Umecka) nearly run over a young hitchhiker (Zygmunt Malanowicz). Inviting the young man onto the boat with them, Andrzej begins to subtly torment him; the hitchhiker responds by making overtures toward Krystyna. When the hitchhiker is accidentally knocked overboard, the husband's panic results in unexpected consequences. This was the first feature directed by Roman Polanski. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jul 21 Buy Now

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      pierce k Although the movie takes place mostly on the boat in the middle of the ocean, there are some good scenes and acting performances in this film. so i think this film deserves a 4.5 out of 5. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 11/11/23 Full Review G B I haven't seen any other movie with only three actors and probably extremely low budget that was this great. A simple story and such great execution. It shows how much humanity lost by moving the entire film industry to Hollywood, sacrificing everything for money. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/30/23 Full Review Shioka O Polanski's early polish work. Great cinematography beautifully filmed. I like the use of its score, makes it thrilling yet somewhat lighthearted. The story is run by only the three people, and all of them are unlikeable, but the confident lady is the core as the yacht name suggests. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Christopher B Early Polanski, that is a wonderful black and white psychological thriller with wonderful camera work. Tension builds very subtitle throughout, finally exploding near the climax. Great acting and wonderful cinematography really elevate this film and make Knife in the Water a must see in Polanski's work. This is a great example of how less is more and how even three people on a tiny boat can create such thick and heavy suspense and create a complex and moody atmosphere! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 11/02/22 Full Review dave s Roman Polanksi made his feature length film debut with Knife in the Water, a film that pits the arrogance of an older generation against the rebellious nature of the younger generation. When a couple on their way to a day of boating invite a brash young hitchhiker to join them, the resulting chain of events causes each to reexamine themselves. While the film does have some small issues (the motivation of the characters is sometimes questionable, especially towards the end, and there are continuity problems that seem inevitable when shooting on water), the movie remains taut and distinctly uncomfortable throughout, an impressive debut for Polanski. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review david l Knife in the Water represents one of the better directorial debuts as Polanski's directing here is remarkable and the entire movie is very strong. Yes, the storyline is far from brainy as it's rather simple and straightforward, but the execution of it was that of a killer mood full of suspense. The character dynamics here are interesting to follow, but mainly the visuals are mesmerizing as many shots here are wallpaper-worthy how artistic and beautifully composed they are. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Variety Staff Variety Middle-aged cocksureness, arrogance and incomprehension versus teenage revolt, with a young woman as a sort of arbiter, is the theme of this lively and inventive little pic. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Geoff Andrew Time Out Polanski's first feature, a model of economic, imaginative film-making which, in many ways, he has hardly improved upon since. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Kim Newman Empire Magazine Polanski arrived on the scene with an almost super-human knack for tension; one of the great directorial debuts in cinema's history. Rated: 4/5 Apr 1, 2006 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia Polanski presents, in the key of grounded suspense, an observation on the struggle of social classes, but navigates irregular tides where the tension comes and goes with the breeze. Full review in Spanish Rated: 6/10 Apr 27, 2022 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review Polanski's first great film of many. Rated: 4/4 Mar 20, 2022 Full Review Jonathan Miller The New York Review of Books Polanski has played a cool trick by taking this ordinarily social squabble out of the city and putting it down in the middle of a watery nowhere. Mar 12, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis On their way to an afternoon on the lake, husband and wife Andrzej (Leon Niemczyk) and Krystyna (Jolanta Umecka) nearly run over a young hitchhiker (Zygmunt Malanowicz). Inviting the young man onto the boat with them, Andrzej begins to subtly torment him; the hitchhiker responds by making overtures toward Krystyna. When the hitchhiker is accidentally knocked overboard, the husband's panic results in unexpected consequences. This was the first feature directed by Roman Polanski.
      Director
      Roman Polanski
      Screenwriter
      Roman Polanski, Jakub Goldberg, Jerzy Skolimowski
      Distributor
      Fox, Criterion Collection
      Production Co
      Zespół Filmowy "Kamera" [pl]
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Polish
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 9, 1962, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 21, 2009
      Sound Mix
      Mono
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.37:1)
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