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Pelle the Conqueror (1987) More at IMDbPro »Pelle erobreren (original title)


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21 December 1988 (USA) See more »
De trodde att världen skulle bli deras
The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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
Location Management
Jens Arnoldus .... location manager
Music Department
Janne Hansson .... music recordist: Atlantis Studio
Other crew
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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1.66 : 1 See more »
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The sailors on the sinking ship are speaking Finnish. First there are multiple cries of help and then, when Niels gets to the ship, they are saying, "help him up" and "tighten the rope".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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27 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
European cinema at its best, 27 June 2000
Author: Frizzicotti from Stuttgart, Germany

In our days where every director tries to copy the Hollywood way of film making, 'Pelle' freshens our spirits like a healthy European winter breeze. It's all that what Old World cinema stands for: thought-provoking, real and full of silent passion. Both actors are marvelous in their roles, and especially Max von Sydow who has played every character from super-villains to torn crusaders in his career gives a performance that will forever shine out as a master example that you don't have to pretend you're a death sick, blind, and mentally retarded neurotic alcoholic to win at least the Oscar nomination.

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