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The Olsen Gang (1968)

Olsen-banden (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | 11 October 1968 (Denmark)
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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Ove Sprogøe ...
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Poul Bundgaard ...
Peter Steen ...
Kriminalassistent Mortensen
Poul Reichhardt ...
Chefen
Kirsten Walther ...
Lotte Tarp ...
Ulla
Grethe Sønck ...
Connie
Hanne Løye ...
Prostitueret
Lise Henningsen ...
Prostitueret
Ole Monty ...
Sheriffen
Paul Hagen ...
Hansen
Arthur Jensen ...
Stationskarl
Ejner Federspiel ...
Konduktør
Poul Thomsen ...
Politichauffør
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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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Comedy | Crime

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Blockheads at Work  »

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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 Egon and Benny are arguing about driving the lorry, Benny stops and refuses to drive any further. As they have stopped on a slope, the lorry starts rolling backwards, as seen in a long shot. In the close-up of Egon pulling the hand break, you can see that the lorry is not rolling backwards, but in the next long shot, it is rolling, just as you hear Egon pulling the break, stopping the lorry. See more »

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Spin-off The Olsen Gang Gets Polished (2010) See more »

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Danish Delights, Part 1
22 July 2009 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

...though not delightful, yet!

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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