Screenplay Jerzy Skolimowski
Country United Kingdom
Director Jerzy Skolimowski
Music director S. Myers
|Release date 26 September 1982|
Writer Jerzy Skolimowski (original screenplay)
Cast Jeremy Irons (Nowak), Eugene Lipinski (Banaszak), Jirí Stanislav (Wolski), Eugeniusz Haczkiewicz (Kudaj)
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Moonlighting is a 1982 British drama film written and directed by Jerzy Skolimowski. It is set in the early 1980s at the time of the Solidarity protests in Poland. It stars Jeremy Irons as Nowak, a Polish builder leading a team working illegally in London.
Arriving in London from Warsaw in December 1981 are master electrician Nowak, who understands the language but not the inhabitants, with three workmen who know no English. Their task is to gut and renovate a house, for which they have brought what tools they can carry, while Nowak has cash to buy materials. Since the whole operation is illegal, Nowak keeps them working indoors while he goes out to get food and supplies. As his money runs out, he takes to stealing so that the four can survive. In the meantime, Poland is undergoing the traumas of demonstrations and strikes followed by the declaration of martial law, banning of Solidarity and mass arrests. All this Nowak conceals from the men, in order to finish the job. With no money left, they have a six-hour walk to the airport and a flight home to an uncertain future.
It was entered into the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Screenplay.
Roger Ebert gave it four stars out of four and included it in his list of Best Movies of 1982. Gene Siskel called it his favorite movie of 1982. Allmovie gave Moonlighting four out of five stars. The New York Times called Moonlighting "immensely rewarding" and one "of the best films ever made about exile".
ReferencesMoonlighting (film) Wikipedia
Moonlighting (film) IMDb Moonlighting (film) themoviedb.org