Extortion of a Gray Day war movie
Extortion of a Gray Day war movie

Extortion of a Gray Day (1984, Poland)

Original / alternative title: Haracz szarego dnia

Categories: partisans moviesresistance movies

Running time: 85 minutes

Language: Polish / German

Young poet Tolek Gonczar joins the resistance group in Poland. Together with his friends Wlodek and Zosia they receive their first important orders - they take part in blowing up the train transporting troops to the eastern front. The operation seems to be well prepared - they have the explosives, few handgranades and guns. Tolek takes care of the old gatekeeper - he ties him up so Germans would not suspect him of collaboration - and waits for the train. The explosion blows up the bridge when the military transport was crossing it, but now the whole group is chased by the Germans.

One of the movies presenting not easy decisions young people had to take during the occupation of their countries - submit to Nazi oppression or take up the almost hopeless fight against the enemy. The three main characters of "Extortion of a Gray Day" chose to fight, which lead them to a sad ending. Although the story shown in the movie is quite interesting the whole production was, as many other Polish movies in 1980s, very cheap and the final product is far from being perfect.

Our rating


Film value

5 / 10

Realism factor

4 / 5

Adventure factor

2 / 5

Historical accuracy

2 / 5

Creators of Extortion of a Gray Day

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Roman Wionczek movies

Roman Wionczek


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Cast of Extortion of a Gray Day

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Marek Wysocki

as Tolek Gonczar

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as Wlodek Karolak

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Stefan Szmidt

as group leader

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World War II (1936-1945)

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