Quiet Is the Night (1978, Poland)

Original title: Wsrod nocnej ciszy

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Quiet Is the Night Wsrod nocnej ciszy 1978 mystery movie

Running time: 125 minutes

Language: Polish

In early 20th century in one of the coastal cities serial killer lures young boys using a toy with image of a cat. Christmas is coming and police commissioner Herman is assigned to the investigation - a strict and uncompromising man, who as a single parent simply can’t reach his 15-year-old son Wiktor. Wiktor on the other hand looks up to his father, a police official, and starts investigation of his own hoping to find something that police won’t be able to find themselves and this way impress his father. But this journey will take them to a turning point in their lives.

Unusually for Polish crime movies dark atmosphere and very involving plot made this movie really remarkable. Based on a novel by Czech author Ladislav Fuks it is one of the more interesting European crime and mystery movies with elements that could be compared to Fritz Lang’s "M".

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Our rating

8 / 10

Movie value

8 / 10

Realism factor

3 / 5

Adventure factor

4 / 5

Story complexity

3 / 5


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Creators of Quiet Is the Night

Tadeusz Chmielewski films

Tadeusz Chmielewski


Tadeusz Chmielewski films


Ladislav Fuks films


Cast of Quiet Is the Night

Tomasz Zaliwski films

Tomasz Zaliwski

as Commissioner Herman

Piotr Lysak films

Piotr Lysak

as Wiktor Herman

Miroslaw Konarowski films

Miroslaw Konarowski

as Bernard Piret

Henryk Bista films

Henryk Bista

as Stefan Waniek

Jerzy Bonczak films

Jerzy Bonczak

as Julisz Stopek