Polish Wedding

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Polish Wedding
Polish wedding poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Theresa Connelly
Produced by Nick Wechsler
Written by Theresa Connelly
Music by Luis Bacalov
Cinematography Guy Dufaux
Edited by
  • Curtiss Clayton
  • Suzanne Fenn
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release date
July 17, 1998 (1998-07-17)
Running time
105 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $692,588[1]

Polish Wedding is a 1998 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Theresa Connelly. It was screened at the Sundance Film Festival on January 16, 1998 and Berlin International Film Festival on February 12. It was released in the U.S. on July 17. It takes place within the Polish American community of Hamtramck, Michigan – the childhood home of director Theresa Connelly – at some time between the 1950s and 1970s. Virtually all characters are Polish Americans, though the actors playing them are mostly of other ethnic origins, the film is also (a then-unknown) Kristen Bell's film debut in her uncredited role.


Jadzia is the matriarch of a family of five children, four sons and a daughter, the household also includes the eldest son's wife – a Syrian-American whom Jadzia calls a Gypsy and who also works with Jadzia – and their child. Jadzia is (somewhat) happily married to Bolek, but is having a long-term relationship with Roman, her daughter Hala becomes pregnant by a neighborhood cop and her family pressures him to marry her. Interior of the home were shot in a home on Wyandotte Street in Hamtramck, the St. Florian Church was used as a backdrop.



Members of the Polish American community[who?] have pointed out that the film presents correct aspects of Polish culture. Connelly has in the course of her life also used the name "Theresa Panek", which more clearly indicates her Polish origins. A Procession of the Virgin and selection of an actual virgin to lead it does not happen in the Polish Roman Catholic Church, but the procession in the movie bears many similarities to the May crowning tradition in the Roman Catholic Church.


The region 1 DVD was released March 16, 1999.


  1. ^ "Polish Wedding". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 

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