On their way to an afternoon on the lake, husband and wife Andrzej and Krystyna nearly run over a young hitchhiker. Inviting the young man onto the boat with them, Andrzej begins to subtly torment him; the hitchhiker responds by making overtures toward Krystyna. When the hitchhiker is accidentally knocked overboard, the husband's panic results in unexpected consequences. This was the first feature directed by Roman Polanski.

  1. Roman Polanski

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Jakub Goldberg


  3. Jerzy Skolimowski


Top Billed Cast

  1. Leon Niemczyk

    Leon Niemczyk


  2. Jolanta Umecka

    Jolanta Umecka


  3. Zygmunt Malanowicz

    Zygmunt Malanowicz

    Young Boy

  4. Roman Polanski

    Roman Polanski

    Young Boy (voice)

  5. Anna Ciepielewska

    Anna Ciepielewska

    Krystyna (voice)

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Knife in the Water
Knife in the Water



Original Title Nóz w wodzie

Status Released

Release Information

  • October 28, 1963


Original Language Polish

Runtime 1h 34m

Budget -

Revenue -



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