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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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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)

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 De Vital .... stunt coordinator (as William Devital)
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:
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Trivia:
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:
Kato:This is the most dangerous sword I've had in my castle... It cannot kill the young and innocent!See more »
Soundtrack:
Mio My MioSee more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Mio in the Land of Faraway, 19 February 2011
Author: Atreyu_II from The world of artists

This largely unknown film is okay, although flawed. Has influences from several countries, as it isn't a one-nationality movie, which makes it a mix of cultures and film-making (for good and for bad). Not just this, it also heavily "drank" inspiration from other fantasy movies in details.

This is one of those films that make me wanna be taken to a world of fantasy, especially now when things only get worst every year. If that could be possible, that would be an excellent escape from reality. I am pretty sick of reality and probably many of us are.

The cinematography is astonishing and so is the pan flute music (including a song which was composed by ABBA's former members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus - 'Mio my Mio', performed by the Swedish band Gemini).

As it was said in another review, the film doesn't deliver a lot of action, but to compensate it offers decent amounts of adventure, although without being too intense or exciting. The main villain is creepy and so are his intentions and way of talking. But he doesn't have that much of a role, so he ends up seeming less scary that he is.

Nicholas Pickard and Christian Bale steal the show as the main actors, both in double roles, but still Christian Bale is the best of the two. Nicholas Pickard is not a familiar name to most (myself included). However, Christian Bale soon would become a famous and highly praised actor. Christian Bale starred in 'Empire of the Sun' in the same year as this (1987) and that was when he began to draw attentions from the public and press thanks to his amazing performance. He grew up to be a successful adult with a successful career, even if he's not as good as he was when younger.

In each of the two roles played by these boys, they are good friends. Actually, their friendship is very sincere and humble. They have mutual respect and help each other. Whatever happened to friendships like this these days, when everything is so changed for worst that almost nothing seems to make sense any longer?

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