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)
Otto Brandenburg ...
 Hansen (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)
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 Lillebror / ... (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Holger Perfort ...
 Professor Ulrich (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 Mona Jensen / ... (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 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)
Søren Elung Jensen ...
 Læge (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Louise Fribo ...
 Sanne (7 episodes, 1994-1997)
Paul Hüttel ...
 Steenbæk (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)
Solbjørg Højfeldt ...
 Camilla (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)
Birthe Neumann ...
 Fru Svendsen / ... (4 episodes, 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)
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)
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 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)  »

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The Kingdom II  »

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$86,133 (USA)
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1.33 : 1
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In a list appearing Spectrum issue #22, dated April 2000 of the best TV series of the 1990s, John Thorne ranked this show as #10. See more »

Goofs

The level of coffee in Helmer's cup switches back and forth by inches between shots. See more »

Quotes

Man from Haiti: What do you want me to do?
Helmer: Do like we do in Sweden: bribe somebody!
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One of the best horror movies ever!
7 April 2001 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

To me, this was the production that made Lars von Trier stand out as an extraordinary movie director and the movie, that finally pushed the Danish movie scene in the right direction!

It sort of founded the modern Danish dogma/dogme inspired movie style with its grainy colours, rash use of cutting and camera movement as well as strange, yet very realistic acting. All used to develop the perfect atmosphere around a good horror movie! There is just one thing you must remember when watching Riget/The Kingdom. It is a movie. It is entertainment. It is no comedy, yet nothing in the movie is serious. It uses sick and sometimes just weird ways of building up the horror. It doesn't have to make sense.

A lot of people may not like this because it is typically Danish, which may easily frustrate anyone who is only used to high budget Hollywood movies. The not-so-obvious deeper meaning between the lines as well as all the bold and underlined lines that have no meaning at all could confuse certain minds, but if you are prepared for a bunch of self-irony and sweet horror scenes, and if you like writers/directors such as David Lynch and Chris Carter, you are going to love this!

It is nice to see that mentally freaked out horror movies didn't die out with The Exorcist, and this definitely isn't any worse!


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