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"The Kingdom" (1994) More at IMDbPro »"Riget" (original title), TV mini-series 1994-1997


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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
24 November 1994 (Denmark) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A baptism of fear awaits you at... THE KINGDOM
Plot:
The Kingdom is the most technologically advanced hospital in Denmark, a gleaming bastion of medical science... See more »
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Awards:
20 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of my favorites... See more (76 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 63 of 66)
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)

Søren Pilmark ... Jørgen Krogshøj (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Ghita Nørby ... Rigmor Mortensen (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Jens Okking ... Bulder Harly Drusse (8 episodes, 1994-1997)

Baard Owe ... Palle Bondo (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Birgitte Raaberg ... Judith Petersen (8 episodes, 1994-1997)

Peter Mygind ... 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)

Udo Kier ... Lillebror / ... (8 episodes, 1994-1997)

Laura Christensen ... Mona Jensen / ... (8 episodes, 1994-1997)

Ole Boisen ... 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)

Lars von Trier ... Himself (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)

Thomas Bo Larsen ... Falken (2 episodes, 1997)
Claus Flygare ... Betjent Nielsen (2 episodes, 1997)
Steen Svare ... Hospitalsansat (2 episodes, 1997)
Ole Dupont ... Læge / ... (2 episodes, 1994-1997)
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Series Directed by
Morten Arnfred (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Lars von Trier (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
 
Series Writing credits
Lars von Trier (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Niels Vørsel (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Tómas Gislason (4 episodes, 1994)

Series Produced by
Svend Abrahamsen .... executive producer (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Philippe Bober .... associate producer (4 episodes, 1994)
Peter Aalbæk Jensen .... executive producer / external producer (4 episodes, 1994)
Ole Reim .... producer (4 episodes, 1994)
Ib Tardini .... co-producer / external producer (4 episodes, 1994)
Bo Lindquist .... producer (4 episodes, 1997)
Vibeke Windeløv .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1997)

Marianne Slot .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Joachim Holbek (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
 
Series Cinematography by
Eric Kress (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
 
Series Film Editing by
Molly Marlene Stensgaard (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Jacob Thuesen (4 episodes, 1994)
Pernille Bech Christensen (4 episodes, 1997)
 
Series Production Design by
Jette Lehmann (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Hans Christian Lindholm (4 episodes, 1997)
 
Series Costume Design by
Annelise Bailey (unknown episodes)
Bjarne Nilsson (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Birthe Lyngsøe .... makeup artist (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Kim Olsson .... special makeup effects (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Lis Olsson .... special makeup effects / makeup artist (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Jeanet Keil .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1997)
 
Series Production Management
Tove Jystrup .... post-production manager / assistant production manager (7 episodes, 1994-1997)
Ole Guldbrandsen .... unit manager (4 episodes, 1997)
Lene Nielsen .... production manager (4 episodes, 1997)
Bo Ehrhardt .... post-production manager / assistant production manager (3 episodes, 1994)
Bo Lindquist .... production manager (3 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Art Department
Torben Bækmark Pedersen .... property master (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Katrine Bonfils .... assistant property master / props (4 episodes, 1994)
Jan Iversen .... property master (4 episodes, 1994)
Jens Nissen .... set constructor (4 episodes, 1994)
Søren Schwartzberg .... assistant property master / props (4 episodes, 1994)
Suzanne Bøg Henriksen .... property master (4 episodes, 1997)
Per Kjær Jørgensen .... set constructor (4 episodes, 1997)
Jesper Wetterslev .... graphics (4 episodes, 1997)
 
Series Sound Department
Kristian Eidnes Andersen .... foley artist / sound effects editor (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Peter Christian Hansen .... sound (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Hans Møller .... sound editor (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Benny Jensen .... boom operator (4 episodes, 1994)
Per Streit .... sound editor (4 episodes, 1994)
Asser Borgen .... assistant sound (4 episodes, 1997)
Jens Bønding .... foley artist (4 episodes, 1997)
Bruno Langiano .... foley artist (4 episodes, 1997)
Leif Petersen .... boom operator (4 episodes, 1997)
Verner Pilegaard .... boom operator (4 episodes, 1997)
Eddie Simonsen .... sound effects (3 episodes, 1997)
 
Series Special Effects by
Niels Fly .... special effects (4 episodes, 1994)
Niels Skovgaard .... special effects (4 episodes, 1994)
Lars Kolding Andersen .... special effects (4 episodes, 1997)
Annette Rolfshøj .... special effects (4 episodes, 1997)

Lise Mierca .... online editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Søren Buus .... visual effects (4 episodes, 1994)
Niels Valentin Dal .... visual effects (4 episodes, 1997)
Anton Liep .... visual effects (4 episodes, 1997)
Stig Pedersen .... digital effects (4 episodes, 1997)
 
Series Stunts
Hans Peter Ludvigsen .... stunt coordinator / stunts (5 episodes, 1994-1997)
Deni Jordan .... stunts (4 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Henrik Harpelund .... steadicam operator (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Ole Pedersen .... assistant camera / camera assistant (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Henrik Dithmer .... still photographer (4 episodes, 1994)
Kaj Larsen .... gaffer (4 episodes, 1994)
Morten Nybø .... gaffer (4 episodes, 1994)
Leif Petersen .... grip (4 episodes, 1994)
Erik Thal-Jantzen .... camera assistant / assistant camera (4 episodes, 1994)
Michael Valentin Christensen .... lighting assistant (4 episodes, 1997)
Bjarne Bergius Hermansen .... still photographer (4 episodes, 1997)
Jesper Hvenegaard .... steadicam operator (4 episodes, 1997)
Allan Kartin .... gyro camera technician (4 episodes, 1997)
Michael Kreutzmann .... gaffer (4 episodes, 1997)
Thomas Petersen .... lighting assistant (4 episodes, 1997)
Claus Rosenløv Jensen .... assistant camera (4 episodes, 1997)
Morten Ziersen .... video technician (4 episodes, 1997)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Annelise Bailey .... wardrobe supervisor (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Bjarne Nilsson .... costumes (4 episodes, 1994)
 
Series Editorial Department
Sophie Ljungblom .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 1994)
Anne Hovad Fischer .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 1997)
Peter Kornbek .... on-line editor (4 episodes, 1997)
Tine Grew Pfeiffer .... post-production assistant (4 episodes, 1997)
Nynne Marie Selin Eidnes .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 1997)
Rikke Selin .... first assistant editor (4 episodes, 1997)

Pelle Folmer .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Radiounderholdningsorkestret .... orchestra (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Frans Rasmussen .... conductor (5 episodes, 1994-1997)
Peter Ettrup Larsen .... conductor (3 episodes, 1997)
 
Series Other crew
Vibeke Aagaard .... production secretary (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Ingrid Høybye .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1994)
Janus Billeskov Jansen .... creative consultant (4 episodes, 1994)
Steen Laugesen .... stage manager (4 episodes, 1994)
Hanne Matthiesen .... prompter (4 episodes, 1994)
Charlotte Pedersen .... production secretary (4 episodes, 1994)
Anne-Marie Vidkjær .... stage manager (4 episodes, 1994)
Lennart Bohm .... medical consultant (4 episodes, 1997)
Anne Marie Borella .... consultant: hospital (4 episodes, 1997)
Ingrid Boye .... prompter (4 episodes, 1997)
Casper Holm .... assistant (4 episodes, 1997)
Benedicte Rosenkrantz .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1997)
Lars Munk Sørensen .... occult consultant (4 episodes, 1997)
Martin Techt .... runner (4 episodes, 1997)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Riget" - Denmark (original title)
"The Kingdom II" - France (theatrical title), International (English title) (second season title), USA (second season title)
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Runtime:
286 min | Canada:265 min | Denmark:280 min | USA:279 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:R (DVD rating) | Australia:M (theatrical rating) | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:14 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Despite (maybe even because of) his character's Dane-detesting attitude, Ernst-Hugo Järegård became hugely popular in Denmark in the wake of Riget, and was even considered a sex symbol by many Danish women - much to his own surprise.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The level of coffee in Helmer's cup switches back and forth by inches between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Dishwasher 2:The good will cry and the evil will laugh. That's what they say!See more »
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61 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
One of my favorites..., 14 September 2003
Author: Katatonia from Missouri

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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