|Richard Brzostek - 04/14/2008
Big Brawl (Wielka Wsypa) is entertaining movie about the ups and downs of a criminal. The story takes place just before and after the fall of communism in Poland. It was a time of change that witty people saw an opportunity for their own gain.
Jarek Bronko (Jan Englert) is a relatively honest criminal. Although he makes his living selling foreign currency, which is illegal in Poland at the time, he doesn't cheat anyone. He may enjoy gambling but he doesn't have an extra ace up his sleeve like his opponents. He enjoys prostitutes but he treats them with respect. Because he is a guy with some class, I think he is a more likeable character.
What makes this movie suspenseful is that Jarek is always plotting something. He tries to play the system to his advantage with some success and failure. Jarek has an insatiable appetite for women and this lively movie also has a couple of sexy parts. In addition to being clever, he is extremely persistent and shows us that we can succeed even after great losses.
Big Brawl is an entertaining movie made in 1992 about the events in the years just preceding it that shows us a much different lifestyle than most of us are used to living. If you enjoy crime films with a bit of action and a heap of cleverness, where the one that can pull off the final ploy wins, then Big Brawl is for you.
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