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The Olsen Gang (I) (1968)
"Olsen-banden" (original title)

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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 »

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Peter Steen ...
Kriminalassistent Mortensen
Jes Holtsø ...
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Poul Reichhardt ...
Politichefen
Lotte Tarp ...
Ulla
Grethe Sønck ...
Connie
Ole Monty ...
Sherif
Paul Hagen ...
Hansen
Arthur Jensen ...
Godsbanearbejder
Ejner Federspiel ...
Togkonduktør
Poul Thomsen ...
Politibetjent
Ulf Pilgaard ...
Model photographer
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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 <europro@ccmailer.wiwiss.fu-berlin.de>

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11 October 1968 (Denmark)  »

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One of the main inspirations for "Olsen-Banden", and especially Kjeld, was Thorvald Framlev aka "Det Borende X" (The Drilling X), who in the years 1916-31 carried out a series of complicated safe burglaries to keep his greengrocers' shop from bankruptcy. See more »

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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 »

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Followed by The Olsen Gang on the Track (1975) See more »

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I'm not that crazy about this first movie.
21 August 2003 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

It's a milestone in Denmark. One of the most popular (if not the most popular) series of movies here. Everybody knows Olsen-Banden, young and old. Everybody can hum the theme, I'm sure. And even better; Olsen-Banden is a local-movie (all of them really), as it's set in Valby, which is just a few kilometers from here. Of course it can't be compared to some of the serious movies from Denmark in recent years, but this was the way we made movies back then.

Now, the production company (Nordisk Film) has just released the first four movies on DVD recently, and the rest are to follow. And it was about time, if you ask me! So what better time to write about the movie than now?

I'm not that crazy about this first movie. I can't deny that it all started with this one, so it's got my respect.

Egon Olsen's got a plan, and it's a good plan. The plan is to steal a German piece of art displayed at a Danish museum. It's not as easy as it would sound, since this piece of art is secured by the most modern anti-theft devices, and a direct alarm to the police. So of course the details has to be carefully planned at first. The only problem is that Egon's surrounded by amateurs and idiots. Anyway, typical Danish comedy-style of its time, though a bit weak, as the insults and characters ain't fully developed in this first movie. I'd recommend movie 3-13 of the series instead, as they're much more enjoyable.

"Sir, jeg vil gerne reportere at... SIR, NU KOMMER DER ET TOG!" "Sir, I'd like to report that... SIR, INCOMING TRAIN!" The enjoyable scene where Hr. Mortensen is trying to report back to his chief in a phone-booth, and a lone train-wagon derails and smashes into the phone-booth and his car.


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