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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Pelle Hvenegaard ... Pelle

Max von Sydow ... Lassefar
Erik Paaske ... Forvalter / Foreman
Björn Granath ... Erik (as Bjørn Granath)
Astrid Villaume ... Fru Kongstrup / Mrs. Kongstrup
Axel Strøbye ... Kongstrup
Troels Asmussen ... Rud
Kristina Törnqvist ... Anna
Karen Wegener ... Madam Olsen / Mrs. Olsen

Sofie Gråbøl ... Jomfru Sine / Miss Sine

Lars Simonsen ... Niels Køller
Buster Larsen ... Ole Køller
John Wittig ... Skolelærer / School teacher
Troels Munk ... Læge / Doctor
Nis Bank-Mikkelsen ... Præst / Clergyman
Lena-Pia Bernhardsson ... Soen / The Sow (as Lena Pia Bernhardsson)
Anna Lise Hirsch Bjerrum ... Karna
Vilhelm Weber ... Karl på Stengården / Farmhand at Stengården
Merete Holst Hansen ... Pige på Stengården / Servant girl at Stengården
Mogens Dester ... Karl på Stengården / Farmhand at Stengården
Tine Stochholm ... Pige på Stengården / Servant girl at Stengården
Finn Knygberg ... Karl på Stengården / Farmhand at Stengården
Inge Marie From ... Pige på Stengården / Servant girl at Stengården
Henrik Hansen ... Karl på Stengården / Farmhand at Stengården
Jytte Strandberg ... Pige på Stengården / Servant girl at Stengården
Jørgen Hansen ... Karl på Stengården / Farmhand at Stengården
Nina Christoffersen ... Pige på Stengården / Servant girl at Stengården
Finn Olsen ... Karl på Stengården / Farmhand at Stengården
Lone Svendsen ... Pige på Stengården / Servant girl at Stengården
Thyge Andersen ... Karl på Stengården / Farmhand at Stengården
Birthe Jensen ... Pige på Stengården / Servant girl at Stengården (as Birte Jensen)
Henning Franck Hansen ... Skoleelev / Classmate
Thomas Hansen ... Skoleelev / Classmate
Lars Petersen ... Skoleelev / Classmate
Karen Bjørkøe ... Skoleelev / Classmate
Espen Hegnet Knudsen ... Skoleelev / Classmate
Sascha Lystrup Andersen ... Skoleelev / Classmate
Jeppe Nicolaisen ... Skoleelev / Classmate
Rikke Hacke ... Skoleelev / Classmate
Oliver Grumme ... Skoleelev / Classmate
Henriette Nielsen ... Skoleelev / Classmate
Benjamin Holk Henriksen ... Henrik Bodker - Skoleelev / Classmate
Henriette Nolsøe ... Skoleelev / Classmate

Thure Lindhardt ... Nilen - Skoleelev / Classmate
Ingeborg Holten ... Skoleelev / Classmate
David Heilman ... Skoleelev / Classmate
Daniel Roosen ... Skoleelev / Classmate
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kurt Frederiksen ... Fisker / Fisherman (uncredited)
Morten Jørgensen ... Landbrugselev / Farming trainee (uncredited)

Directed by
Bille August 
Writing credits
Martin Andersen Nexø (novel)

Bille August  screenplay &
Per Olov Enquist  &
Bjarne Reuter 

Produced by
Per Holst .... producer
Original Music by
Stefan Nilsson 
Cinematography by
Jörgen Persson 
Film Editing by
Janus Billeskov Jansen 
Production Design by
Anna Asp 
Costume Design by
Kicki Ilander 
Makeup Department
Malin Birch-Jensen .... assistant makeup artist
Kaj Grönberg .... makeup artist
Grethe Holleufer .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Lars Kolvig .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tove Berg .... assistant director
Mads Egmont Christensen .... second assistant director
Art Department
Ole Bachmann .... carpenter
Ivar Baungaard .... property master
Jan Eriksson .... carpenter (as Jan-Erik Eriksson)
Magnus Magnusson .... property master
Thorkil Slebsager .... property master
Leif Stoltze .... carpenter
Bengt Svedberg .... carpenter
Simon Bang .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Jacob Wirth Carlsen .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Niels Arild .... sound
Lars Lund .... sound
Jérôme Lévy .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Claus Bjerre .... special effects
Michael Kvium .... special effects
Kristian Lund .... special effects
Lasse Spang Olsen .... special effects
Lasse Spang Olsen .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Søren Berthelin .... assistant camera
Jan Guldbrandsen .... lighting technician
Kent Högberg .... lighting manager
Rolf Konow .... still photographer
Rolf Lindström .... camera operator
Eg Norre .... grip
Fritz Schrøder .... camera operator: second unit
Otto Stenov .... grip (as Otto Stenow)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gitte Kolvig .... wardrobe assistant
Birthe Qualmann .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Lisbet Nielsen .... assistant editor
Michael Frank Nielsen .... color timer (as Michael Nielsen)
Martin Schmidt .... synchronization
Music Department
Janne Hansson .... music recordist: Atlantis Studio
Other crew
Jens Arnoldus .... location manager
Camilla Bertilsson .... child minder
Ditte Christiansen .... production assistant
Katinka Faragó .... film consultant: Svenska Filminstitutet
Stine Monty Freddie .... continuity
Claes Kastholm Hansen .... film consultant: Det Danske Filminstitut
Max Lundgren .... translator: screenplay
Vibeke Mathiesen .... production secretary
Klas Olofsson .... film consultant: Svenska Filminstitutet
Peter Poulsen .... film consultant: Det Danske Filminstitut
Majken Rude Nørup .... catering assistant
Nanna Simonsen .... caterer
Jacob Sylvest .... runner
Lis Lund .... public relations (uncredited)
Claus Bjørn .... special thanks: museum assistant
Dennis Demandt .... special thanks
Børge Hinsch .... special thanks: estate owner
Ole Højrup .... special thanks: museum director
Thor Kure .... special thanks
Thormod Smith .... special thanks
Ege Stub .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Pelle erobreren" - Denmark (original title)
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157 min
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Pelle Hvenegaard, who plays the leading part, is actually named after the title character himself.See more »
[first lines]
Lassefar:Everything's gonna be fine.
Pelle:Tell it again.
Lassefar:This new country we're going to is very different.
Pelle:Talk more about it.
Lassefar:They put raisins in the pork roast and butter on the bread. They put a lot of butter on the bread. Brandy is cheap as water and it is so strong that it knocks you off. But your father can take it, Pelle, because he's strong.
Pelle:And children are free all day.
Lassefar:Yes, Pelle, yes.
Pelle:Tell it again.
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Referenced in Bille & Pelle (1988) (TV)See more »


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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful Rendering of a Difficult Life, 24 February 2008
Author: ( from Washington, D.C.

Pelle the Conqueror won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language film when it was originally released. Although I did not see it then, it is certainly easy to see why it received that answer. It is an unsparing tale of the life of a Swedish immigrant father and son (Max von Sydow and Pelle Hvenegaard) who have come to Denmark following the death of wife and mother and found work as laborers on a farm in a desolate seaside landscape. It is, to avoid giving details, a terrible life. I'm told that this is a very thin slice from a four-volume novel. So despite the film's 2-1/2 hour length, what we're shown is a tiny piece of a much larger canvas. Max von Sydow, a famous actor in his day, is superb as the elderly father of young Pelle but the child's role is also very well acted, and the direction by Bille August who also wrote the screenplay is unobtrusive but sure-handed. Since it is set in the 19th Century, there is nothing dated about this film. It is a masterwork.

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