Knife in the Water
Knife in the Water (1962)

Knife in the Water (Noz W Wodzie) was the first feature film effort of Polish director Roman Polanski. Sportswriter Leon Niemczyk and his wife Jolanta Umecka invite baby-faced hitchhiker Zygmunt Malanowicz to join them on a yacht excursion.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 9, 1962
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
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Variety Staff

Middle-aged cocksureness, arrogance and incomprehension versus teenage revolt, with a young woman as a sort of arbiter, is the theme of this lively and inventive little pic.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It eminently justifies the interest in its acid contents and in the techniques of its young director that it stirred.

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Emanuel Levy

Taut, compelling, and engaging, Polanski's Oscar-nominated thriller is one of the most brilliant debuts in film history.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Polanski's first feature, a model of economic, imaginative film-making which, in many ways, he has hardly improved upon since.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

The sexual tensions build slowly and subtly, and when they explode into violence, it seems to be the desired result.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

The acting, music and camerawork all weave together to create an unexpectedly magical, brilliantly crafted, intensely sensuous experience.

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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

Knife in the Water has one of those simple, clearly expressed narratives that grabs you and holds you even though not much goes on.

Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY} For his debut feature film - after graduating from Poland's famed National Film School in Lodz - Roman Polanski set out to break several golden rules of academic filmmaking.

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Fernando F. Croce

Circles and triangles govern Polanski's great, brackish anecdote about the instability of human interaction

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Kevin M. Williams
An successful middle aged man, a trophy wife, and a young aimless drifter converge for a day's outing on a sailboat ... what could happen next? Polanski… More
Aj V
This is one of Polanski's great early films, and one of my favourites, it involves a love triangle, and is very suspenseful and dramatic. I love it.
paul oh
It was good but not as good as repulsion. The acting and cinematography were great but the film's pacing with its lack of story depth left me somewhat… More
Chris Weber
While this is a good movie, I was wanting, and expecting, it to be great. It is good, but it seems a little random and under developed. I appreciate subtlety,… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
A Roman Polanski debut work that strictly features a ménage à trois: a couple and a young stranger, on a sailing trip. Knife In The Water features gradual… More
Randy Tippy
Since Jolanta Umecka spends about 90% of the film in a skimpy white bathing suit, I actually had to watch the film twice. It was during the second viewing that… More