Moonlighting (1982) - Rotten Tomatoes

Moonlighting (1982)




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Jeremy Irons portrays Nowak, one of four Polish laborers, living in England. In exchange for a place to stay, Irons and his buddies -- none of whom have British work permits -- agree to renovate their landlord's flat within a limited time-frame. Despite their hectic schedule, the boys agree never to work on Sunday: this is the day that they communicate with their loved ones in Poland. On one such Sunday, however, the Soviets declare martial law in Poland, cutting off all telephone and telegraph service to the outside world. Nowak, the only one of the four who speaks English, learns of the turmoil in Poland before his friends do; he decides to keep the news secret, rather than jeopardize their living arrangements. When the flow of money from home ceases, Nowak takes to stealing to finance the renovation project. He pushes his friends mercilessly to make sure the project is completed on time, secretly burning their letters so that they remain in the dark about the Soviet incursion upon their native soil. When they do find out, they physically vent their anger upon Nowak, perceiving him to be as much an enemy and oppressor as the Soviets. This is clearly the allegorical point that director Jerzy Skolimowski is hoping to make in Moonlighting; wisely, he avoids conveying his message in fluent tract, relating his story with generous doses of humor and irony. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Eugene Lipinski
as Banaszak
Dennis Holmes
as Neighbor
Robyn Mandell
as Wrangler Shop Assistant
Fred Lee Own
as Chinese Man
Dorothy Zienciowska
as Airline Girl
Edward Arthur
as Immigration Officer
Renu Setna
as Junkshop Owner
David Calder
as Supermarket Manager
Judy Gridley
as Supermarket Supervisor
Jill Johnson
as Haughty Supermarket Customer
Michael Sarne
as Builder's Merchant
Lucy Hornak
as Wrangler Shop Assistant
Kenny Ireland
as Timber Man
Trevor Cooper
as Hire Shop Man
David Gant
as Aquascutum Assistant
Ian McCulloch
as Boss Lookalike
Anne Tirard
as Lady in Telephone Box
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Critic Reviews for Moonlighting

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Moonlighting is the kind of film that had me marveling throughout how anyone ever came up with such a great idea for a movie and, having come up with it, proceeded to realize that idea so completely ...

Full Review… | June 20, 2015
Parallax View

Revels in depicting workers faced with alienation and desperate conditions.

Full Review… | February 18, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The metaphor is enriched stunningly by Skolimowski's humorous detailing

Full Review… | August 26, 2009

Moonlighting shucks corruption in Poland and critiques the sharp edges of socialism.

Full Review… | February 4, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Moonlighting


Jeremy Irons at his best. And his Polish is not that bad either. The most challenging line turned out to be: "Na górÄ(TM), rozebraÄ siÄ(TM) i do roboty!" Still, Mr. Irons is always a pleasure to watch.

Michal Januszewski
Michal Januszewski

An alright movie that I probably wouldnt watch more then once but If somebody asked if they should watch it, I wouldnt tell them not to

Brody Manson
Brody Manson

Super Reviewer

MOONLIGHTING is a wickedly pointed movie that takes a simple little story, tells it with humor and truth, and turns it into a knife in the side of the Polish government.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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