Teddy Bear (1980 film)
|Miś (Teddy Bear)|
|Directed by||Stanisław Bareja|
|Music by||Jerzy Derfel|
Rysiek (Stanisław Tym, who also wrote the screenplay), the shrewd manager of a state-sponsored sports club, has to get to London before his ex-wife Irena (Barbara Burska) does to collect an enormous sum of money from a savings account the two used to share in happier days.
But getting out of a communist country is never easy, even for a well-connected operator like Rysiek. It seems that Irena has destroyed Rysiek's hard-won passport to strand him in Warsaw while she's off to London, forcing him to craft a Byzantine scheme which involves the production of a movie with his friend. He uses this as an opportunity to track down his look-alike "borrowing" his passport to stop his wife.
Hilarity ensues as Bareja gives the audience a guided tour of the corruption, absurd bureaucracy, pervasive bribery and flourishing black market that pervaded socialism in the People's Republic of Poland.
- Stanisław Tym as Ryszard Ochódzki and Stanisław Paluch
- Barbara Burska as Irena Ochódzka
- Krystyna Podleska (Christine Paul-Podlasky) as Aleksandra Kozel
- Krzysztof Kowalewski as Jan Hochwander
- Bronisław Pawlik as Stuwała
- Ewa Bem as herself
- Zofia Czerwińska as Irena Siwna
- Stanisław Mikulski as "Captain Ryś" a.k.a. "Wujek Dobra Rada" ("Uncle Good-Advice")
- Wojciech Pokora as Włodarczyk
- Eugeniusz Priwieziencew as a militiaman
- Hanna Skarżanka