Zappa (1983)

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Denmark, 1961. Bjørn, a middle-class boy in his early teens, wants to be accepted by Steen, a bullying peer of his with wealthy but freezingly cold parents. Bjørn's other good friend is ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Reichhardt ...
Morten Hoff ...
Lone Lindorff ...
Bjørn's mother
Jens Okking ...
Mulle's father
Arne Hansen ...
Bjørn's father
Solbjørg Højfeldt ...
Steen's mother
Ulrikke Bondo ...
Kirsten (as Rikke Bondo)
Søren Frølund ...
Teacher 'Kaalormen'
Thomas Nielsen ...
Mette Knudsen ...
Pige i købmandsforretning
Willy Jacobsen ...
Bjørn's Grandfather
Bent Raahauge Jørgensen ...
Steen's father (as Bent Raahauge)
Helen Svanholm ...
(as Helen Svanholt)
Elga Olga Svendsen ...
Bjørn's grandmother (as Elga Olga)


Denmark, 1961. Bjørn, a middle-class boy in his early teens, wants to be accepted by Steen, a bullying peer of his with wealthy but freezingly cold parents. Bjørn's other good friend is Mulle, a cheerful and more childish working-class boy. All three seem friends at first, but gradually Steen starts pushing Mulle away while pulling the impressionable Bjørn with him towards more and more tragic violent behavior, fueled by frustration over his loveless home life. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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En film der begynder som en hemmelig hvisken, og ender i et skrig (A film that begins as a secret whisper, and ends in a scream)


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4 March 1983 (Denmark)  »

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1.66 : 1
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Waiter on ferry: You haven't even got hair on your dick.
Steen: No, but I have hair in my ass.
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August´s best.
9 March 2001 | by (Slagelse, Denmark) – See all my reviews

Years before Bille August made a habit of turning classic novels into mediocre films, he made this compelling coming-of-age drama set in the suburbs of Copenhagen in the late fifties. The story focuses on three teens from different backgrounds, the manipulative upperclass rich kid Steen (Peter Reichhardt), clean-cut middleclass boy Bjørn (Adam Tønsberg) and the lowerclass overweight prankster Mulle (Morten Hoff). The boys´ confrontations with love, crime and violence is beautifully but unflinchingly portrayed by director August, who never hits a false note in characterization or period detail. Alternately funny and disturbingly violent, but always entertaining, this is one of the truly great Danish films ever made, but has sadly never found an audience outside Scandinavia, unlike its decent sequel "Tro, håb & Kærlighed" (Twist and Shout), which was released in America. Many classic scenes (including the grossest way to eat snails you´ll ever see!)

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