Pianist, The

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The Pianist
The Pianist movie.jpg
DVD cover
Country FRA.jpg France
GER.jpg Germany
POL.jpg Poland
UKD.jpg UK
Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Roman Polanski
Release Date 2002
Language English
Studio R.P. Productions
Studio Babelsberg
Heritage Films
Distributor StudioCanal
Main Cast
Character Actor
Wladyslaw Szpilman Adrien Brody
Dorota Emilia Fox
Jurek Michal Zebrowski
Wilm Hosenfeld Thomas Kretschmann
Majorek Daniel Caltagirone
Henryk Edd Stoppard
Wladyslaw's father Frank Finlay
Wladyslaw's mother Maureen Lipman

The Pianist is a 2006 World War II biographical drama directed by Roman Polanski and starring Adrien Brody as Wladyslaw Szpilman, a pianist who witnesses the German occupation of Poland. The film was adapted from Szpliman's autobiographical novel of the same name and would go on to be nominated for seven Academy Awards, receiving two for Best Director and Best Actor.

The following weapons were used in the film Pianist, The:



Luger P08

The Luger P08 is mainly used by a brutal SS officer , primarily in summary executions.

Luger P08 9x19mm.
SS Officer selecting Jews with his Luger P08
The SS Officer kills a Jew for asking a question, you can tell the armorer only loaded the Luger with 1 round as the action locks back after he fires this shot
Note the fake post-production muzzle flash.
SS NCO executes several Jewish workers for looking weak.
He draws a new magazine
And reloads his P08

Walther P38

The Walther P-38 is smuggled into the Warsaw Ghetto and can be seen being used by resistance fighters.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Władysław Szpilman (Adrian Brody) finds a Walther P38 being smuggled in with potatoes
Man helping wounded fighter has a Walther P38 in his free hand.

Tokarev TT-33 Pistol

The Tokarev TT-33 Pistol can be seen holstered, but not actually seen out of the holster.

Tokarev TT-33, 7.62x25mm
Polish police with holsters for the Tokarev TT-33 Pistol, it is false, Polish police used Nagant M1895 Revolver.
A Polish soldier to the left has a holster for a Tokarev TT-33 Pistol but it is not seen.

Walther PP

The Walther PP is holstered by Wilm Hosenfeld (Thomas Kretschmann).

Walther PP
Walther PP in holster
When he straightens himself out you can see the Walther PP magazine extension

Submachine Guns


MP40 9mm
German soldier with an MP40
War criminal Heinrich Klaustermeyer (center right) holds an MP40. This shot is most likely a reference to a photograph taken during the uprising. http://fcit.usf.edu/HOLOCAUST/PICS31/26572.jpg
SS Soldier takes cover with an MP40

Steyr-Solothurn S1-100

Steyr-Solothurn S1-100/MP34 submachine gun - 9x19mm
SS Soldiers on the left and right hold Steyr MP-34s
A German medic holds an Steyr-Solothurn S1-100.
SS soldier with a Steyr-Solothurn S1-100.

Sten Mk II

Sten Mk II - 9x19mm
Sten Mk II gun next to several rifles
Resistance fighter armed with a Sten is shot
A Resistance fighter helping a wounded comrade has a Sten slung on his back.


Some of the Polish troops are seen armed with PPSh-41s.

Soviet PPSh-41 Submachine Gun - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A Polish soldier with a PPSh-41 confronts Władysław Szpilman (Adrien Brody)
A Soviet soldier with a PPSh-41 shoos recently freed deathcamp prisoners from the POW enclosure


Karabiner 98k

Most German soldiers use the Karabiner 98k.

Władysław Szpilman (Adrien Brody) and his father watch as the Wehrmacht march into Warsaw
German soldier (Joachim Paul Assböck) with a K98 slung over his back
The same pair of German soldiers armed with Karabiner 98ks
SS soldier searches the building for resistance fighters

Mosin Nagant

A few Polish troops are seen with Mosin Nagant M38s, notably the one that confronts Wladek Szpilman (Adrien Brody) after confusing him as a German.

M38 carbine
A Polish soldier to the right with a Mosin Nagant confronts Władysław Szpilman (Adrien Brody)

Machine Guns

MG 34

An MG34 can be seen being lugged on the shoulders of the soldiers marching into Warsaw.

MG34 7.92x57mm Mauser with 75-round ammo drum


Degtyaryev machine gun 7.62x54mm R
Man in the middle is carrying a DP-27/28

Hand Grenades

Model 24 "Stielhandgranate"

Several Model 24 Stielhandgranate can be seen in the Resistance weapons cache and some being thrown at Resistance fighters by Wehrmacht soldiers.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate
Stielhandgranate being moved by a resistance member

Model 39 Eihandgranate

Several Model 39 Eihandgranate can be seen in the Resistance weapons cache.

Model 39 Eihandgranate

F-1 hand grenade

What appears to be an F-1 hand grenade is used by a Polish soldier confronting Wladek Szpilman (Adrien Brody).

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
A Polish soldier throwing an F-1 hand grenade (circled in red).


75mm leIG 18

The 75mm leIG 18 infantry gun is used by the Germans to punch a hole through the Ghetto wall and get to the Resistance fighters.

75mm leIG 18


Panzerfaust 44mm with 149mm warhead
A resistance fighter fires a Panzerfaust into the Military Hospital


Projector, Infantry, Anti Tank (PIAT)
A resistance fighter carries a PIAT

Flammenwerfer 41

The Flammenwerfer 41 is used by German soldiers to clear the buildings around the Military Hospital of Resistance fighters.

Flammenwerfer 41 flamethrower
Flammenwerfer 41
Good view of the backpack
Good view of the nozzle

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