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Writers:
William Aldridge (screenplay)
Astrid Lindgren (novel)
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Release Date:
May 1988 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
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.
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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User Reviews:
Very nice fantasy film, deserves to be better known See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Nick Pickard ... Mio / Bosse (as Nicholas Pickard)

Christian Bale ... Jum-Jum / Benke

Timothy Bottoms ... The King

Susannah York ... The Weaver Woman

Christopher Lee ... 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 ... Jiri
Andrey Sergeev ... Nonno
Denis Bodrov ... Lollo
Anna Foght ... Millimani
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Aldridge ... Guard
Robin Berglund ... Boy at the Yard (voice: Swedish version)
Tomas Bolme ... The King (voice: Swedish version)
Helena Brodin ... The Weaver Woman (voice: Swedish version)
Crispin Dickson Wendenius ... Boy at the Yard (voice: Swedish version)
Max Dickson ... Boy at the Yard (voice: Swedish version)

Lena Endre ... Mrs. Lundin (voice: Swedish version)
Gunnar Ernblad ... Bridgekeeper / Kato's Guard / Kato's Spy (voice: Swedish version)
Åse Fognar ... Jiri's Big Sister (voice: Swedish version)
John Harryson ... The Swordmaker (voice: Swedish version)
Tor Isedal ... Kato (voice: Swedish version)
Ulf Håkan Jansson ... Benke's Father / Bridgekeeper / Kato's Guard / Kato's Spy (voice: Swedish version)
Pontus Lantz ... Mio / Bosse (voice: Swedish version)
Christoffer Levah ... Jiri / Boy at the Yard (voice: Swedish version)
Caroline Löthner ... Jiri's Little Sister (voice: Swedish version)
Martin Risler ... Boy at the Yard (voice: Swedish version) (as Martin Rissler)
Johan Rundqvist ... Nonno / Boy at the Yard (voice: Swedish version)
Per Sjöstrand ... Eno / Carpetbeater (voice: Swedish version)
Hans Strååt ... The Spirit / Kato's Spy (voice: Swedish version)
Lasse Swärd ... Mr. Sixten (voice: Swedish version)
Max Winerdahl ... Jum-Jum / Benke (voice: Swedish version) (as Max Winerdal)
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Directed by
Vladimir Grammatikov 
 
Writing credits
William Aldridge (screenplay)

Astrid Lindgren (novel)

Andrei Ivanov (adaptation)

Produced by
William Aldridge .... co-producer
Ingemar Ejve .... producer
Terje Kristiansen .... executive producer
Göran Lindström .... co-producer
Klas Olofsson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Benny Andersson 
Anders Eljas 
 
Cinematography by
Aleksandr Antipenko  (as Alexander Antipenko)
Kjell Vassdal 
 
Film Editing by
Darek Hodor 
 
Production Design by
Konstantin Zagorsky 
 
Costume Design by
Yevgeniya Chervonskaya 
 
Makeup Department
Kaj Grönberg .... makeup artist
Luiza Machilskaya .... makeup artist
Maria Strid .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Hans Lönnerheden .... production manager
Robert Simmonds .... production manager
Mikhail Zilberman .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Espen Fremming .... assistant director
Sonja Konbrandt .... assistant director
Ludmila Kruglikova .... assistant director
Igor Pivovarov .... assistant director
Iosef Sosland .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Niklas Ejve .... assistant production designer
Cecilia Iversen .... props
 
Sound Department
Dmitri Bogolepov .... sound
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer
Gert Landevall .... sound (as Gert Landewall)
Anders Larsson .... guide track recorder
Bengt Löthner .... sound mixer
Eva Löthner .... sound
Olle Unnerstad .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Derek Meddings .... special effects
Digby Milner .... special effects technician
Roy Spencer .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Suzie F. Wiesmann .... visual effects production coordinator (as Susie Ford)
 
Stunts
Evgeniy Bogorodskiy .... stunts
Konstamkin Bogorodsky .... stunts
William Devital .... stunt coordinator
Valery Pavlotos .... stunt coordinator
Sergei Strelkov .... stunts
Elena Stupakova .... stunts
Maria Sulimovskaya .... stunts
Nicolay Sulimovsky .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Bergman .... grip
Ragnar Hansson .... electrician
Bengt Lundgren .... electrician
Vladimir Maykovsky .... still photographer
Michael McDermott .... gaffer
I. Rakutko .... assistant camera (as Igor Rakutko)
Anatoli Susekov .... assistant camera (as Anatoly Susekov)
Kjell Vassdal .... camera operator
Peter Östlund .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Carina Hellberg .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Benny Andersson .... music arranger
Anders Eljas .... music arranger
Sergey Skripka .... conductor
The Soviet Film Symphony Orchestra .... music played by
 
Other crew
Victoria Afanasieva .... production assistant
Lilia Alexejeva .... production assistant
Kim Berg .... production assistant
Josefin Ejve .... production assistant
Anne Ingvar .... location manager
Tony Krantz .... production assistant
Nadezda Krychkova .... accountant
Anna Sophie Langfeldt .... script supervisor (as Anna-Sophie Langfeldt)
Leonid Liberman .... location manager
Nancy Mannigham .... dialogue coach (as Nancy Manningham)
Mikhail Medvedev .... production assistant
Lennart Norbäck .... production coordinator
Suzie F. Wiesmann .... production secretary (as Susan Ford)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mio min Mio" - Sweden (original title)
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Runtime:
99 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Filmed partly in Sweden and with a part-Swedish cast. The Swedish actors later dubbed themselves in the Swedish edition of the film.See more »
Quotes:
The Swordmaker:This sword cannot be used to murder the young and innocent. This sword was made especially to kill Kato!See more »
Soundtrack:
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Very nice fantasy film, deserves to be better known, 21 July 2013
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

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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