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Moonlighting  (DVD)


Stars: Jeremy Irons, Eugene Lipinski, Jiri Stanislav, David Calder, Michael Sarne, Jenny Seagrove, Eugeniusz Haczkiewicz

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski

Rather a nice little movie, ideally suited to your television screens in its intimate drama.

Four Polish workmen are sent to England to 'do up' a house for about a quarter of what their boss would have to pay English workmen.

Irons, in one of his signature roles, plays their leader with an expression of permanent alarm on his face, trying desperately to make ends meet and keep papers (with news of the Solidarity suppression) away from his workmates, presumably on account of the pictures, as none of them speaks a word of English.

Soon, he is reduced to shoplifting, an occupation at which, although he develops a native cunning, he bears a charmed life.

These escapades., both tense and amusing, prove the most entertaining part of this interesting and absorbing film, made in record time by its Polish director, and brilliantly shot in glowing colours by Tony Pierce Roberts.

David Quinlan

UK 1982. UK Distributor: Screenbound Pictures (originally MIracle). Colour.
97 minutes. Not widescreen. UK certificate: 15.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 1, Drugs 0, Swearing 1.

Review date: 05 Aug 2020