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The Great Adventure (1953)
"Det stora äventyret" (original title)

 -  Drama | Family  -  23 May 1955 (USA)
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A vixen mother invades a chicken coop to provide food for her cubs. She continues to raid the coop until she is shot by a farmer. The cubs are attacked by the farmer and only one survives. ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Gunnar Sjöberg ...
Narrator (Anders as an adult) (voice)
Luis Van Rooten ...
Narrator (Anders as an adult) (U.S. version) (voice)
Anders Nohrborg ...
Kjell Sucksdorff ...
Holger Stockman ...
Arne Sucksdorff ...
Amanda Haglund ...
Annika Ekedahl ...
Aina Fritzell ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stina Andersson ...
Erik Bodin ...
Store Keeper
Sigvard Kihlgren ...
Norman Shelley ...
Tryggve Thyselius ...


A vixen mother invades a chicken coop to provide food for her cubs. She continues to raid the coop until she is shot by a farmer. The cubs are attacked by the farmer and only one survives. An otter trapped in a burrow is rescued by 10-year-old Anders and his six-year-old brother, Kjell. In secret, the boys cage the animal and finally domesticate it. They obtain food for the Otter by fishing through the ice on a frozen lake. The boys manage to keep their secret from their family. On the eve of the May Day festival, Kjell reveals to family and friends the otter's presence. Anders is so distressed that he runs into the woods with the otter. The otter breaks away and returns to its life of natural freedom. The film was a prize winner at the 1954 Cannes Film Festival. Written by Les Adams <>

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The Great Adventure is Life Itself!


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23 May 1955 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System) (US prints)

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1.37 : 1
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21 January 2012 | by (Vancouver, B.C.) – See all my reviews

It is not often that I am stumped for words when reviewing a film, but when dealing with the magnificent photography and masterful imagery of Arne Sucksdorff's 1953 nature film The Great Adventure, words fail me and all that is left is experience, untranslatable into words. Part nature documentary and part fictional coming-of-age story, Sucksdorff spent two years filming in the Swedish countryside and another two years in editing. The end result is a glimpse of nature-in-the-raw, eons removed from the Discovery Channel or the anthropomorphic films of Walt Disney.

Depicting four seasons of life in the woods and surrounding farms, we follow a family of foxes, otters, lynx and other animals, engaged in the struggle to survive against the laws of natural selection, and the perpetrations of human beings. Supplementing the film's hymn to nature is the touching story of two young brothers, Anders (Anders Nohrborg) and Kjell (Kjell Sucksdorff), who rescue a trapped otter and, unknown to their parents, hide it in the basement of their home, feeding it by fishing in the nearby frozen lake.

The Great Adventure, a prize winner at the 1954 Cannes Film Festival, has been one of my top ten favorite films ever since I saw it as a child. Unfortunately, it is only available on a Swedish (Region 2) DVD but it is fifteen minutes longer and of far better quality than the long unavailable U.S. VHS version.

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