The Slingshot (1993)
"Kådisbellan" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  3 June 1994 (USA)
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Stocholm in the 1920s. Young Roland lives with his socialist father, Jewish mother and a boxing brother. His mother sells condoms illegally, and from them, Roland makes slingshots which he ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesper Salén ...
Roland Schütt
Fritiof Schütt
Basia Frydman ...
Zipa Schütt
Niklas Olund ...
Bertil Schütt
Ernst-Hugo Järegård ...
Teacher Lundin
Ernst Günther ...
Axel Düberg ...
Inspector Gissle
Reine Brynolfsson ...
Hinke Berggren
Heinz Hopf ...
Shoe salesman
Tomas Norström ...
Boxing Trainer
Ing-Marie Carlsson ...
Karin Adamsson
Jurek Sawka ...
Kopowski the Orthopaedist
Tommy Johnson ...


Stocholm in the 1920s. Young Roland lives with his socialist father, Jewish mother and a boxing brother. His mother sells condoms illegally, and from them, Roland makes slingshots which he sells. His rebellious ways has gotten him the special attention of his school teacher, who always makes sure that Roland is punished. Roland also tries to make extra money by repairing bicycles, a successful business that in the end lands him in hot water. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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3 June 1994 (USA)  »

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$309,117 (USA)

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This was Sweden's 1993 submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, though it failed to secure a nomination. See more »


Referenced in Rederiet: Spårlöst försvunnen (1994) See more »

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21 October 2001 | by (huntington beach, ca) – See all my reviews

Kadisbellan(The Slingshot)is perhaps the best foreign film of 1993. Great story, acting, and many funny moments.

Slingshot is the touching, humorous tale of a Swedish boy in the 20's, from a socialist, jewish family, and his resolve against life's persecutions.

His persecutions include a sadistic, fascist school instructor, overbearing parents, a bully brother, the police, and the daily maturation of a boy to a young man.

How Roland handles and endures these problems is the heart of the film. His solutions are clever and sometimes humorous, but all based out of Roland's steadfast self awareness. We have all walked along the same path.

The cast is super, and each character is extremely real.

Outstanding kudos to Jespar Salen, who plays Roland. His acting and the faces he utilizes make the viewer actually feel his hurts, his inquisitiveness, and his triumphs.

A special role also played by Stellen Sarsgard, as Roland's socialist father, who pontificates daily to any in hearing range. Memorable is his visit to a Russian orthopedic specialist to end his sciatica.

There are many characters and side plots, most end as ours would, but Roland's experience with a young prostitute ends tragically.

The Slingshot gets its title from Roland's ingenuity. His mother sells forbidden condoms, and Roland absconds with some and fashions slingshots out of them for sale to classmates. The slingshot is just one of his many inventions.

Another enjoyable benefit is the quality of the film as a period piece.

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