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Mio in the Land of Faraway (1987)
"Mio min Mio" (original title)

 -  Adventure | Drama | Family  -  May 1988 (USA)
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A fantasy about the lonely boy who is transferred from his dull life with his adoptive parents to the land where his real father is the king. In that country he sets out on a quest, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Pickard ...
Mio / Bosse (as Nicholas Pickard)
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The King
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The Weaver Woman
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Kato
Sverre Anker Ousdal ...
The Swordmaker
Igor Yasulovich ...
Eno / Carpetbeater (as Igor Isulovitch)
Gunilla Nyroos ...
Aunt Edna
Linn Stokke ...
Mrs. Lundin
Stig Engström ...
Benke's Father
Geoffrey Staines ...
The Spirit
Lyubov Germanova ...
Jum-Jum's Mother (as Lubov Germanova)
Andrei Petrov ...
Andrey Sergeev ...
Denis Bodrov ...
Lollo
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A fantasy about the lonely boy who is transferred from his dull life with his adoptive parents to the land where his real father is the king. In that country he sets out on a quest, together with his new friend, to destroy the evil Knight Kato. Written by <ca@mn.medstroms.se>

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They're two best friends, a million miles from home. On an incredible adventure, beyond the boundaries of space and time. In a place called...The Land of Faraway.


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SEK 55,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 17,799,205 (Sweden)
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Based on a book by Astrid Lindgren, author of "Pippi Longstocking". Lindgren wrote the book after she saw a lonely boy sitting on a park bench in Stockholm. She wondered what he was doing there, who he was and where he would end up. That gave birth to the story of Prince Mio. The bench which the boy sat on can still be found in Stockholm today, marked with a sign saying that "Mio sat here". See more »

Quotes

Mio: I am going alone.
Jum-Jum: No, you're not. The son of a king riding into the woods on a white horse with an only friend. That's already been decided for thousands of years. That cannot be changed.
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Mio My Mio
Written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
Sung by Gemini
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Very nice fantasy film, deserves to be better known
21 July 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The 80s saw a decade of some really good fantasy films, films like NeverEnding Story, Princess Bride, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and Legend. Mio in the Land of Faraway is not one of the great fantasy films from a personal standpoint(there are some great ones from other decades too), however it does deserve better recognition than it does. The script can get stilted and childish, not all the special effects are great(for example the floating head is a memorable image, but you need to decide for yourself whether it's for the right reasons) and Timothy Bottoms doesn't have that much to do. It is a very beautiful-looking film though, the photography is simple but sweeping, the costumes are appropriate and there are some special effects that are quite good. But visually it is the lighting and sets that are the real revelations. The lighting is especially good in the darker moments, with the firelight and shadows as said already there is a real sense of creepiness, and the sets are so wondrously constructed with a striking contrast of lush and elegant for Faraway, dark and eerie for the dark moments and drab for Earth. Along with the visuals, the other big standout was the music, a score that is so beautifully soothing on the ears but it also haunts the mind, as any score for a good vs. evil film should do. The story sets itself up carefully and has all the right elements for fantasy and a tale of good vs. evil. There is the bullying angle that is easy to identify with, and the film is successful in drawing the inner child within you into the world that the characters inhabit. From an archetypal view, the characters are familiar to us but they are still engaging enough. The acting is fine, Nick Pickard and particularly Christian Bale are excellent in the lead roles and while one might wish that Christopher Lee were introduced into the film earlier, considering an actor of his calibre, he is an appropriately menacing villain of the piece. To conclude, very nice film, not without areas of improvement but should be better known. Once you look past the flaws and see the many merits there are, and judge the film on its own terms rather than a book vs. film comparison it might help to enjoy it more(mind you, there is emphasis on might to save the risk of ignorance), while it does help you don't necessarily have to be somebody who grew up perceiving it as a lifelong childhood favourite to like Mio in the Land of Faraway. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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