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My Life as a Dog -- A twelve-year-old from a working-class family is sent to live with his uncle in a country village when his mother falls ill. There, with the help of the warmhearted eccentrics who populate the town, the boy finds both refuge from his misfortunes and unexpected adventure.

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Release Date:
24 March 1987 (USA) See more »
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Det kunde ha varit värre. Jag har faktiskt haft tur. Om man jämför...
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The joys and heartbreak of childhood...episodic but charming... See more (57 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anton Glanzelius ... Ingemar
Tomas von Brömssen ... morbror Gunnar
Anki Lidén ... Ingemars mamma (as Anki Liden)

Melinda Kinnaman ... Saga
Kicki Rundgren ... moster Ulla
Lennart Hjulström ... konstnären
Ing-Marie Carlsson ... 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)

Jan-Philip Hollström ... Manne, the boy with green hair
Vivi Johansson ... tant Arvidsson
Per Ottosson ... Tommy
Magnus Rask ... Fransson, crazy old man always fixing his roof
Tony Rex ... En pojke (as Tony Rix)
Manfred Serner ... Erik, Ingmar's brother
Johanna Udéhn ... Lilla Grodan
Susanna Wetterholm ... Karin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nils-Olof Baehrentz ... Host for gameshow 'Kvitt eller dubbelt' on TV (uncredited)
Olle Björklund ... Himself (voice) (uncredited)
Lennart Hyland ... Soccer referee on radio (archive footage) (uncredited)
Reidar Jönsson ... Lilla grodan's father (uncredited)
Folke Olhagen ... Himself (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Lasse Hallström 
 
Writing credits
Reidar Jönsson (novel)

Lasse Hallström  &
Reidar Jönsson  &
Brasse Brännström  &
Per Berglund 

Produced by
Waldemar Bergendahl .... producer
 
Original Music by
Björn Isfält 
 
Cinematography by
Jörgen Persson 
 
Film Editing by
Christer Furubrand 
Susanne Linnman 
 
Production Design by
Lasse Westfelt 
 
Set Decoration by
Tove Hellbom 
Pontus Lindblad 
 
Costume Design by
Susanne Falck 
Inger Pehrsson 
 
Makeup Department
Agneta Jalmo .... assistant makeup artist
Helena Olofsson-Carmback .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ann Collenberg .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anita Tesler .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Erik Höglund .... art
Jimmy McGann .... props
Rolf Persson .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Eddie Axberg .... sound
Göran Carmback .... sound
Berndt Frithiof .... sound mixer
Christjan Persson .... sound re-recordist
Willie Peterson-Berger .... sound re-recordist (as Wille Peterson-Berger)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ulf Björck .... electrician
Denise Grünstein .... still photographer
Olof Johnson .... assistant camera
Rolf Lindström .... assistant camera
Ragnar Waaranperä .... grip
 
Editorial Department
Sten Lindberg .... color timer
 
Other crew
Eva Bagge .... children caretaker
Anette Mandoki .... continuity clerk
Erik Spangenberg .... production assistant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mitt liv som hund" - Sweden (original title)
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Runtime:
101 min
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Color (Fujicolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:PG | Finland:K-8 | Iceland:L | New Zealand:PG | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) (2002) | South Korea:12 (video rating) (1990) | South Korea:All (theatrical rating) (1989) | Sweden:7 | UK:PG | USA:Unrated | USA:PG-13 (original rating) (rating surrendered) | West Germany:6
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Trivia:
Vonnegut's favorite film, per Timequake.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Gunnar is supposed to be from Småland, yet he speaks with a strong Göteborg accent. Both of these are "Geatish dialects" (Götamål) however the dialect of Göteborg differs enough from that of Småland that it is jarring to those who are familiar with Swedish dialects.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...
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Soundtrack:
Far, jag kan inte få upp min kokosnötSee more »

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20 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
The joys and heartbreak of childhood...episodic but charming..., 21 November 2004
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

I just came across this coming of age movie about a boy's childhood in 1950s Sweden. I expected to change the channel but soon got caught up in the wonderful simplicity of the tale, made especially memorable by the lead performance of the boy Anton whose expressive face mirrors all of his impish thoughts.

As charming as a film of this sort can be, despite the episodic nature of the telling. All of the performances are right on target and the director has woven a tapestry of individual scenes that sparkle with truth and innocence. Makes you examine your own childhood feelings of loneliness or rejection--and the explorations that all of us are subject to.

By all means, a film worth watching. I hope to see it again--and this time from the very beginning. I missed some of the film and would like to see the complete work.

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