Essential Killing

Synopsis: A Taliban member who lives in Afghanistan is taken captive by the Americans after killing an American soldier and two contractors. He is transferred to Europe for interrogation but manages to escape from his captors and becomes an escaped convict on a continent he does not know.
Genre: Thriller, War
Director(s): Jerzy Skolimowski
Production: HanWay Films
  14 wins & 7 nominations.
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83 min


It is not ye who slew them;

it was Allah.


What's handcuffs in English?

Get him, boy! Get him!

Blood trail! Up there!

Follow the blood!

What the hell?

I put my trust in Allah,

My Lord and your Lord!

There is no living creature...

but He holds it by its forelock;

surely my Lord is on the right path.

- Everyone got wasted?

- A bottle per head!

Look, 500's coming.

Where did he get all this?

Stamp him, I'll wrap up here.

- Hey, you all take the north slope!

- Right, boss.

F*** off...

Warfare is ordained for you,

though it is hateful unto you;

but it may happen that ye hate

a thing which is good for you,

and it may happen that

ye love a thing which is bad for you.

Allah knoweth, ye know not.

- Don't chop it into matches.

- Or toothpicks.

Better watch your fingers, buddy.

Are you crazy?!

Hope you choke on it!


Leave me alone! Stop it!

Let go of it!

Let those fight

in the cause of Allah

who sell the life of this world

for the hereafter.

And whoever fights

in the cause of Allah

whether he is slain

or gets victory

soon shall we grant him

a mighty reward.

Open the door!

You won't get anything out of her.

Mute as a stone.

Good evening.

Your husband home?

We're looking for someone.

He's armed and dangerous.

- Should we try sign language?

- I'm not making a fool of myself.

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Jerzy Skolimowski

Jerzy Skolimowski (Polish: [jɛʐɨ skɔliˈmɔfskʲi], born 5 May 1938) is a Polish film director, screenwriter, dramatist and actor. A graduate of the prestigious National Film School in Łódź, Skolimowski has directed more than twenty films since his 1960 début Oko wykol (The Menacing Eye). In 1967 he was awarded Golden Bear for his film Le départ. His famous film is Deep End(1970). Jane Asher and John Moulder Brown acted in Deep End. He lived in Los Angeles for over 20 years where he painted in a figurative, expressionist mode and acted occasionally in films. More recently, he returned to Poland, and to film making as a writer and director after a 17-year hiatus with Cztery noce z Anną (Four Nights with Anna) in 2008. He received the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2016 Venice Film Festival. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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