The Kingdom (1994)
"Riget" (original title)

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Series cast summary:
Ernst-Hugo Järegård ...
 Stig Helmer (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Kirsten Rolffes ...
 Sigrid Drusse (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Holger Juul Hansen ...
 Einar Moesgaard / ... (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 Jørgen Krogshøj (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Ghita Nørby ...
 Rigmor Mortensen (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Jens Okking ...
 Bulder Harly Drusse (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 Palle Bondo (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Birgitte Raaberg ...
 Judith Petersen (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 Morten 'Mogge' Moesgaard (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Vita Jensen ...
 Opvasker #1 (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Morten Rotne Leffers ...
 Opvasker #2 (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Søren Elung Jensen ...
 Læge (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Holger Perfort ...
 Professor Ulrich (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 Lillebror / ... (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
...
 Mona Jensen / ... (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
...
 Christian (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Ruth Junker ...
 Opvasker #1 (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Peter Gilsfort ...
 Opvasker #2 (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Ulrik Cold ...
 Narrator (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Otto Brandenburg ...
 Hansen (7 episodes, 1994-1997)
Paul Hüttel ...
 Steenbæk (7 episodes, 1994-1997)
Louise Fribo ...
 Sanne (7 episodes, 1994-1997)
Klaus Wegener ...
 Skadestuelæge (7 episodes, 1994-1997)
Annette Ketscher ...
 Skadestuesygeplejerske / ... (7 episodes, 1994-1997)
Mette Munk Plum ...
 Monas mor (7 episodes, 1994-1997)
Julie Wieth ...
 Sygeplejerske ved Mona / ... (6 episodes, 1994-1997)
Birte Tove ...
 Sygeplejerske på neurokirurgisk (6 episodes, 1994-1997)
Erik Wedersøe ...
 Ole / ... (5 episodes, 1994-1997)
Henning Jensen ...
 Bob (5 episodes, 1994-1997)
Annevig Schelde Ebbe ...
 Mary Krüger (5 episodes, 1994-1997)
Tomas Stender ...
 Medicinstuderende / ... (5 episodes, 1994-1997)
Claus Nissen ...
 Jensen (5 episodes, 1994-1997)
Solbjørg Højfeldt ...
 Camilla (5 episodes, 1994-1997)
John Hahn-Petersen ...
 Nivesen (4 episodes, 1997)
Søren Lenander ...
 Vagt (4 episodes, 1994)
Michael Simpson ...
 Dyrepasser i dyrelaboratoriet / ... (4 episodes, 1994-1997)
Evald Krog ...
 Lillebror (4 episodes, 1997)
Lise Schrøder ...
 Sygeplejerske / ... (4 episodes, 1994-1997)
Henrik Koefoed ...
 Læge ved CTR-skanner (4 episodes, 1994)
Mette Marckmann ...
 Ung sygeplejerske (4 episodes, 1994)
Birthe Neumann ...
 Fru Svendsen / ... (3 episodes, 1997)
Bente Eskesen ...
 Sygeplejerske på neurokirurgisk (3 episodes, 1994)
Dorit Stender Petersen ...
 Sygeplejerske / ... (3 episodes, 1997)
Cecilie Brask ...
 Kvinde i terapi (3 episodes, 1997)
Benny Hansen ...
 Chauffør i radioen / ... (3 episodes, 1994)
Nis Bank-Mikkelsen ...
 Hospitalspræst / ... (3 episodes, 1994-1997)
Müslie ...
 Bongo (3 episodes, 1994)
Helle Virkner ...
 Emma Mogensen / ... (3 episodes, 1994-1997)
Lars Lunøe ...
 Sundhedsminister (3 episodes, 1994-1997)
Peter Hartmann ...
 Flyttemand (3 episodes, 1997)
Tine Miehe-Renard ...
 Natsygeplejerske (3 episodes, 1997)
Dick Kaysø ...
 Vagtmester (2 episodes, 1994)
Michelle Bjørn-Andersen ...
 Børnelæge (2 episodes, 1997)
Finn Nielsen ...
 Madsen (2 episodes, 1994)
Else Petersen ...
 Patient på Ellens stue (2 episodes, 1994)
Henrik Fiig ...
 Trafikoffer (2 episodes, 1997)
Klaus Pagh ...
 Stævningsmand (2 episodes, 1997)
Kim Jansson ...
 Betjent Jensen (2 episodes, 1997)
...
 Falken (2 episodes, 1997)
Claus Flygare ...
 Betjent Nielsen (2 episodes, 1997)
Steen Svare ...
 Hospitalsansat (2 episodes, 1997)
...
 Læge / ... (2 episodes, 1994-1997)
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The Kingdom is the most technologically advanced hospital in Denmark, a gleaming bastion of medical science. A rash of uncanny occurrences, however, begins to weaken the staff's faith in science--a phantom ambulance pulls in every night, but disappears; voices echo in the elevator shaft; and a pregnant doctor's fetus seems to be developing much faster than is natural. At the goading of a spiritualist patient, some employees work to let supernatural forces rest. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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A baptism of fear awaits you at... THE KINGDOM


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24 November 1994 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

The Kingdom II  »

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$86,133 (USA)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The large factory-like building that Dr. Helmer surveys with his binoculars from the hospital roof is the Swedish Nuclear Power Plant at Barsebäck. Due to its proximity to Copenhagen it was a frequent source of friction between the two countries until it was shut down in 2005. See more »

Goofs

Helmer procures hot coffee, and enters the archive. Mogge returns, with Krogshøj, and they lock Helmer in - he's left standing with a cup of scalding coffee - he can't move with setting off the infra-red alarm sensors. He's left, statue-like, staring at his cup of steaming liquid. Cut to Drusse and Bulder. She says she has to perform a seance for some doctors, and tells Bulder that in 1 hour, they are to attempt to enter the archive. When they get there, they inadvertently liberate Helmer, who casts away his cup of still scalding, yet hour-old coffee. See more »

Quotes

Helmer: Here is Denmark, excreted from limestone. There is Sweden, chiselled from granite. Danish scum!
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One of my favorites...
14 September 2003 | by (Missouri) – See all my reviews

The Kingdom (Riget I) is quite simply a classic work of modern cinema. It's creepy, it's funny, it's emotional...and so much more. It grabs the viewer and does not let go until the end of each episode. Then, you want to view the next episode right away! It is like a great book which keeps you turning the pages one after another, after another...

I first saw The Kingdom on video and was blown away by the odd characters and the peculiar script of ideas. The story gets even more bizarre and twisted in Riget II, which has never been officially released in North America...but is available as an import for those interested. The full series is something I feel the urge to view again on a regular basis. In fact, I enjoy it so much that I've owned four subsequent editions on VHS and DVD. The official released 4-DVD import set from Denmark is the best, containing the full uncut versions of Riget 1 & 2.

The choice of the actors and actresses turned out perfect for the series, it is these performances that make The Kingdom work so flawlessly well. Ernst-Hugo Järegård & Kirsten Rolffes are the two most memorable roles in the series, and it is sad that they've both passed away. This is unfortunate as there would have been a Riget III to finish off the complete tales of The Kingdom, according to the words of Von Trier at least. It looks like that a Part 3 will never happen though, since two of the best leads of the project are gone forever.

The way The Kingdom was filmed has a stylish look that is very organic, believable, and creepy when it needs to be. They tried many things to get a deliberate "dirty look" for the series, and I think they hit the mark dead on.

Stephen King also happens to be a fan of The Kingdom, and is currently working on a longer North American version of the series. I've heard it will be fully over 20 hours, but that could be just a wild rumor. I am skeptical that this will work, but we'll just have to wait and see what it's like. Perhaps Part 3 of the story will finally get completed in this version. I'm sure I will always enjoy Von Trier's original the most, but it would be nice simply to know how the unfinished story of Part 3 evolves and is concluded...


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