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Pusher (1996)

Not Rated | | Crime, Thriller | 30 August 1996 (Denmark)
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A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.
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Laura Drasbæk ...
Vic
Slavko Labovic ...
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Hasse
Vanja Bajicic ...
Branko
Lisbeth Rasmussen ...
Rita
Levino Jensen ...
Mike
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Junkie
Lars Bom ...
Uro'er
Michael Hasselflug ...
Uro'er
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Brian (as Jang Go Star)
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Mikkel
Steen Fridberg ...
Lasse
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Frank is a drug pusher on the roll until he makes a huge deal with dope that he hasn't paid for and he gets busted by the police. He manages to dump the dope in a nearby lake but he owes his supplier a lot of money (not a nice guy to owe money to). Now we follow Frank in his quest to raise money in the underworld of Copenhagen. Written by S. Lasborg <Lasborg@dk-online.dk>

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Budget:

DKK 6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,656 (USA) (7 May 1999)

Gross:

$4,440 (USA) (14 May 1999)
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Dedicated to Peter Refn (1941-1994), Nicolas Winding Refn's uncle. See more »

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When Frank enters the room and sits down next to sleeping Vic, he grabs her left leg and shakes it, but in the following shot, he drops her right leg. See more »

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Radovan: [threatening the junkie] You got any idea how you're gonna raise the money? No?
Radovan: [pulls out a shotgun and gives it to the junkie] I got an idea. You go down to the bank and ask for the money.
Frank: He can't rob a bank!
Radovan: of course he can. Anyone can rob a bank.
Frank: He can't even hold that shotgun! Look at him, for Christ sake!
Radovan: He can and he will!
Frank: It's four o'clock, the banks are closed.
Radovan: [ignoring Frank] He gets the money, problem solved.
Frank: He can't do it, he's to scared.
Radovan: Sure he can! Which bank? FRANK? Which ...
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"You've got no chance! Grab it!" Yes, I love it and its personal!
12 April 2005 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

Wow, I've just watched it. Probably, it'd be better to just lay back, think about the movie and, only after cooling down on emotions, review it.

But not this one.

"Pusher" tells us the story of, perhaps, the worst week of Frank's life, a 'middleweight' dealer caught in an unpayable debt to pay to Eastern European type mafia. And as his story unfolds, your blood pressure will rise just like the incredible tension increasing throughout the movie. No wonder, the debt grows higher and higher every day. Will Frank be able to ever repay it? Its just like the tag-line says:

"You've got no chance! Grab it!"

The fresh thing about this movie is that it shows what is actually happening somewhere in the middle of the 'food-chain' of drug dealing. Not at the top, covered by movies such as Casino, Scarface, Blow, or any other high budget movie made in Hollywood. After all Copenhagen is just not a world of amazing luxury and incredible piles of coke here and there. But the movie doesn't follow another cliché' either. It doesn't show us the bottom, where junkies scavenge on each other, sell their mothers for a gram of heroin, a topic which is usually covered by some low-budget off-movies.

Pusher is the ultimate, pure, refined truth about drug dealing. I have a personal experience, myself being for a time an immigrant into Denmark (I've never been a criminal or ever wanted to be, though, just to clarify that matter). And some guys, that I've came across upon coming here, went into this businesses and well, they all hit rock bottom. OK, the movie is hard to get into with its dramatic realism, but I assure you: this movie is as close to coarse truth and gritty reality as it gets!


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