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My Life as a Dog (1985)

Mitt liv som hund (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Comedy | 1 May 1987 (USA)
A boy and his brother don't get along well. In order to let their ill mother rest, they're separated and sent each one with their relatives.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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morbror Gunnar
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Ingemars mamma (as Anki Liden)
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Saga
Kicki Rundgren ...
moster Ulla
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konstnären
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Berit
Leif Ericson ...
farbror Sandberg (as Leif Ericsson)
Christina Carlwind ...
Fru sandberg
Ralph Carlsson ...
Harry
Viveca Dahlén ...
tvättande kvinna
Arnold Alfredsson ...
Mannes farfar (as Arnold Alfredson)
Fritz Elofsson ...
Mäster
Didrik Gustafsson ...
Arvidsson, dying old man befriended by Ingmar (as Didrik Gustavsson)
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Manne, the boy with green hair

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Storyline

Ingemar lives with his brother and his terminally ill mother. He may have a rough time, but not as bad as Laika - the russian dog sent into space... He gets sent away to stay with relations for the summer. While there, he meets various strange characters, giving him experiences that will affect him for the rest of his life. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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boy | dog | prank | old man | friend | See All (73) »

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Det kunde ha varit värre. Jag har faktiskt haft tur. Om man jämför...

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Drama | Comedy

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 May 1987 (USA)  »

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My Life as a Dog  »

Box Office

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$8,345,266 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview the late Richard Harris listed this movie as his favourite film. See more »

Goofs

A part of the helicopter can be seen while Ingmar is sitting on the train down to his uncle for the second time See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ingemar: I should have told her everything. Mom loved stories like that. It's not so bad if you think about it. It could have been worse. Just think how that poor guy who got a new kidney in Boston ended up. He got his name in all the papers, but he died just the same. And what about Laika, the space dog? They put her in the Sputnik and sent her into space. They attached wires to her heart and brain to see how she felt. I don't think she felt too good. She spun around up there for five ...
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Connections

Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Twilight Time
Music and Lyrics composed by Buck Ram, Al Nevins, Morty Nevins, Artie Dunn(1944)
Swedish Lyrics by 'Bengt Sundström' ( "När livet börjar le") and Gösta Rybrant ( "När dagen dör")
Sung by unknown singer
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Swedish Charmer
16 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Swedish film offers a different kind of story and a strangely appealing one.

Anton Glanzelius is good as the 12-year-old who not only stars in the movie but does a good job narrating it as well. When he finds himself in a tough situation, he always compares himself to something worse, such as a Soviet space dog and its unfortunate lot. The tomboyish-looking young girl who flirts with him, Melinda Kinnaman, is fun to watch, too. I wonder what she looks like now as an adult?

For kids that young, I thought there was a little too much emphasis on sex, but mostly it's just natural curiosity of what the other sex looks like, and the intentions are innocent.

Overall, it is a charming film with almost all (one exception: his older brother) likable people.


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