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26 February 1972 (Sweden) See more »
The life of an immigrant family from Sweden in the Minnesota's forests, during mid 19th century Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 9 wins See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Max von Sydow ... Karl-Oskar

Liv Ullmann ... Kristina
Eddie Axberg ... Robert Nilsson
Pierre Lindstedt ... Arvid
Allan Edwall ... Danjel
Monica Zetterlund ... Ulrika
Hans Alfredson ... Jonas Petter
Agneta Prytz ... Fina Kajsa
Halvar Björk ... Anders Månsson
Tom C. Fouts ... Pastor Jackson
Peter Lindgren ... Samuel Nöjd
Per Oscarsson ... Pastor Törner
Oscar Ljung ... Petrus Olausson
Karin Nordström ... Judit Olausson (as Karin Nordström-Järegård)
Larry Clementson ... Mr. Abbot
Georg Anaya ... Mario Vallejos
Ed Carpenter ... Medical officer
Bengt Ottekil ... Fredrik Mattson
Elsa Hofgren ... brothelmum
Margita Nyström ... Whore
Hans Elfvin ... Sven
Solveig Samzelius ... Ragnhild
Leif Sandberg ... Neighbour
Lasse Martinsson ... Karl-Oskar's and Kristina's son
Pelle Martinsson ... Karl-Oskar's and Kristina's son
Sara-Lena Arnoldsdotter ... Karl-Oskar's and Kristina's daughter
Frans Oddner ... Karl-Oskar's and Kristina's son
Yvonne Oppstedt ... Karl-Oskar's and Kristina's daughter
Linn Ullmann ... Karl-Oskar's and Kristina's daughter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eva-Lena Zetterlund ... Elin, Ulrika's Daughter (uncredited)

Directed by
Jan Troell 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bengt Forslund 
Vilhelm Moberg  novel
Jan Troell 

Produced by
Suzanne Dausereau .... associate producer
Lotti Ekberg .... associate producer
Bengt Forslund .... producer
Art L. Malmsten .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bengt Ernryd 
Georg Oddner 
Cinematography by
Jan Troell 
Film Editing by
Jan Troell 
Production Design by
P.A. Lundgren 
Costume Design by
Ulla-Britt Söderlund 
Makeup Department
Cecilia Drott .... makeup artist
Bengt Ottekil .... hair stylist
Art Department
Peter Høimark .... property master
Sound Department
Eddie Axberg .... sound editor
Eddie Axberg .... sound
Berndt Frithiof .... sound mixer
Lars C. Lundberg .... sound
Sten Norlén .... sound editor
Sten Norlén .... sound
Tommy Sundqvist .... sound editor
Björn Öberg .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Ove Alström .... still photographer
Georg Engstrand .... electrician
Rolf Holmquist .... assistant camera
Dick Kehl .... electrician: USA
Staffan Liljander .... assistant camera
Other crew
Katinka Faragó .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Nybyggarna" - Sweden (original title)
"The Settlers" - International (English title) (literal title)
"Unto a Good Land" - International (English title) (informal title)
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Mexico:157 min | USA:102 min | Sweden:204 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?

The movie and its prequel The Emigrants (1971) were Oscar nominated on the same year (1972), though in different categories. This is the first and only occurrence of such event.See more »
Boom mic visible: In one of the first scenes, when Karl Oskar is taking the family to the new settlement, the boom mic is visible in the upper left corner for the entire shot.See more »
Karl-Oskar:[as Kristina dies] Kristina! Stay!See more »
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The continuation of a saga on early America, 22 August 2001
Author: William Ploch ( from Lexington, Kentucky

"The New Land" is the second half of a story started in Troell's "The Emigrants," which depicted the struggles of a band of Swedish peasants in their move to America. Here, several of the settlers- such as the priest and the prostitute- move away in the first half-hour and reappear here and there throughout the rest of the film. The plot focuses on Karl-Oscar, his wife Kristina, and the family they try to raise in the Minnesota wilderness.

Von Sydow and Ullmann are given a chance to embellish on their characters, and they both do excellent work. Axberg also does a fine job of lending more depth to the character of Robert, Karl-Oscar's rebellious younger brother. There is also material worked in that examines the mistreatment (and eventual uprising) of local Native Americans and the futile searches for gold in the north. These other elements do not always seem to fit with the central story, but they effectively add to the sense of time and place anyway.

"The New Land" does not have the same emotional impact that "The Emigrants" had, but it develops the two central characters more and intelligently explores how they learn to adapt to their new life. Put together, these two films convincingly illustrate the plight of those who forged our frontier.

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