The first of 13 Olsenbanden films presents us with Egon Olsen, head of the gang, and his friends Benny and Kjeld, who want to become the best known gang in Denmark and eventually Europe by ... See full summary »
The first of 13 Olsenbanden films presents us with Egon Olsen, head of the gang, and his friends Benny and Kjeld, who want to become the best known gang in Denmark and eventually Europe by stealing a famous Bavarian work of art currently displayed in a Copenhagen museum. Although Egon's plan works out fine, there is only trouble ahead for the little gang. Written by
E.C. Herrnsdorf <email@example.com>
Kjeld's brown jacket was Poul Bundgaard's own. He had bought it on Mallorca, but never wore it at home because his wife did not like it. He continued to wear it in all following Olsen Gang films. See more »
When Kriminalassistent Mortensen falls over the bike, he loses the picture on the sidewalk. But two shots later he's holding it again in his hand See more »
These rather humble beginnings mark the start of Denmark's most beloved movie series. This one's quite lame despite some funny scenes. The characters were still to be rounded out and the plots would become more elaborate and even mildly satirical in the later stages.
But the comic interplay between the amiable leads already works and the tone of silent era style slapstick and caper high jinks provides a solid foundation for future episodes.
And compared to, say, the German farces of the same time, it's never embarrassing.
4 out of 10 smashed phone-booths
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