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The Pianist

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The Pianist
The Pianist movie.jpg
DVD Cover
Country UKD.jpg United Kingdom
Flag of the United States.jpg United States
FRA.jpg France
GER.jpg Germany
POL.jpg Poland
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
Captain Wilm Hosenfeld Thomas Kretschmann
Majorek Daniel Caltagirone
Henryk Szpilman Edd Stoppard
Samuel Szpilman Frank Finlay
Edwarda Szpilman Maureen Lipman

The Pianist is a 2002 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 The Pianist:


Luger P08

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

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
The SS officer selecting Jews with his Luger P08.
Note the fake post-production muzzle flash.
The SS officer kills a Jewish woman for asking a question. You can tell the armorer only loaded the Luger with one round as the action locks back after the officer fires this shot.
The SS NCO executes several Jewish workers for looking weak.
The SS NCO draws a new magazine...
... and reloads his P08.

Walther P38

Walther P38s are smuggled into the Warsaw Ghetto and later used by resistance fighters.

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

Tokarev TT-33

The Tokarev TT-33 can be seen in a holster of Polish police officers, but they never pull it out.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A Polish police officer has a holster for a Tokarev TT-33. In real life, the Polish police at this time used Nagant M1895 revolvers.
A Polish soldier on the left has a holster for a Tokarev TT-33, but the gun itself is not seen.

Walther PP

The Walther PP is seen in a holster of Captain Wilm Hosenfeld (Thomas Kretschmann).

Walther PP - .32 ACP
A Walther PP in a holster of Captain Wilm Hosenfeld (Thomas Kretschmann).
When Hosenfeld stands straight, you can see the Walther PP magazine extension.

Submachine Guns


The MP40 is used by German soldiers.

MP40 - 9x19mm
An SS soldier takes cover with an MP40.
A German soldier with an MP40.
War criminal Heinrich Klaustermeyer (center right) holds an MP40. This view is most likely a reference to a photograph taken during the uprising.

Steyr-Solothurn S1-100

The Steyr-Solothurn S1-100 is used by German soldiers.

Steyr-Solothurn S1-100/MP34 - 9x19mm
An SS soldier with a Steyr-Solothurn S1-100 (circled in red).
Two SS soldiers on the left and right hold Steyr-Solothurn S1-100s.
A German medic holds a Steyr-Solothurn S1-100.

Sten Mk II

The Sten Mk II is used by resistance fighters.

Sten Mk II - 9x19mm
A Sten Mk II next to several rifles.
A resistance fighter helping a wounded comrade has a Sten slung over his back.
Another resistance fighter is shot while firing his Sten.


Some of the Polish soldiers are armed with PPSh-41 submachine guns.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
A Polish soldier on the left holds his PPSh-41 while confronting Władysław Szpilman (Adrien Brody).
A Soviet soldier with his PPSh-41 stands among German POWs.


Karabiner 98k

Most of the German soldiers use Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Władysław Szpilman (Adrien Brody) and his father watch the Wehrmacht troops march into Warsaw.
A German Ordnungspolizei Officer (Joachim Paul Assböck) with a 98k slung over his back.
A pair of German Ordnungspolizei Officers are armed with Karabiner 98k rifles.
An SS soldier searches the building for resistance fighters.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine

A few the of Polish soldiers are seen carrying Mosin Nagant M38 Carbines, notably, the one that confronts Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody) after confusing him as a German soldier.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mmR
A Polish soldier on the right holds his Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine while confronting Władysław Szpilman (Adrien Brody).

Machine Guns

MG 34

An MG 34 can be seen being lugged on the shoulders of German soldiers marching into Warsaw.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Some German soldiers at the head of the column march with MG 34s.

Degtyaryov DP-28

The Degtyaryov DP-28 is used by resistance fighters.

Degtyaryov DP-28 - 7.62x54mmR
A resistance fighter in the middle is carrying a DP-28.

Hand Grenades

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Several Model 24 Stielhandgranates can be seen in the resistance weapons cache. Wehrmacht soldiers also throw these grenades at resistance fighters.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate
Model 24 Stielhandgranates being moved by a resistance member.

Model 39 Eihandgranate

Several Model 39 Eihandgranates can be seen in the resistance weapons cache.

Model 39 Eihandgranate
Model 39 Eihandgranates are seen.

F-1 Hand Grenade

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

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


7.5 cm le.IG 18

The 7.5 cm le.IG 18 infantry support gun is used by German soldiers to punch a hole through the Ghetto wall and get to the resistance fighters.

7.5 cm le.IG 18 - 75x89 mm R
German soldiers with the 75mm leIG 18.


The Panzerfaust is used by resistance fighters.

Panzerfaust 44mm with 149mm warhead
A resistance fighter on the balcony fires a Panzerfaust into the German military hospital.


The PIAT is used by resistance fighters.

Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank (PIAT) - 3.25 in
A resistance fighter in the background carries a PIAT.

Flammenwerfer 41

The Flammenwerfer 41 is used by German soldiers to clear out resistance fighters in the buildings around the military hospital.

Flammenwerfer 41
A German soldier fires the Flammenwerfer 41.
Good view of the backpack.
Good view of the nozzle.

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