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King's Game (2004)
"Kongekabale" (original title)

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Three weeks before general elections, the leader of one of the country's largest parties, the Center Party, is involved in a severe car accident. The political scene is thrown into disarray... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anders W. Berthelsen ...
Ulrik Torp
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Erik Dreier Jensen
Nastja Arcel ...
Lone Kjeldsen
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Henrik Moll
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Peter Schou
Ulf Pilgaard ...
Gunnar Torp
Charlotte Munck ...
Mette Torp
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Mads Kjeldsen
Helle Fagralid ...
Signe Jonsen
Jesper Langberg ...
Aksel Bruun
Jens Jørn Spottag ...
Per Vestgaard
Kurt Ravn ...
John Erhardsen
Bjarne Henriksen ...
Bo Andersen
Clara Maria Bahamondes ...
Julie Torp
Anders Nyborg ...
Hans Erik Kolt
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Three weeks before general elections, the leader of one of the country's largest parties, the Center Party, is involved in a severe car accident. The political scene is thrown into disarray. At the same time, young, ambitious journalist, Ulrik Torp, is given the opportunity of a life time and made Dagbladet's correspondent in Parliament. Before long, Ulrik gets caught up in a ruthless struggle for power headed by the party's two successors to the leadership, chairman Erik Dreier and spokesman Lone Kjeldsen. Ulrik barely geets to dip his toes in the water, before all hell breaks loose. Speculation in the press and calculated lies fuel the controversy at great personal cost to many of the people involved. Ulrik slowly uncovers a cynical plot that involves the country's incumbent Prime Minister. He becomes obsessed with learning the truth. But no one will listen to him, be it politicians or colleagues in the press corps, and as election day draws near, Ulrik has to face the power elite ... Written by Anonymous

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The novel on which this is based, Niels Krause-Kjær's "Kongekabale", was written shortly after the writer quit his job as spin-doctor for the Conservative party in Denmark. During his employment at the party it went through a power struggle between two different wings of the party. It is generally thought that this power struggle is the inspiration for the novel. See more »

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Henrik Moll: Maybe we should quit, while we are still having fun.
Ulrik Torp: Are you having fun?
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Featured in Kongekabale - Sandheden om filmen (2004) See more »

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Excellent political thriller. Very, very well done.
29 March 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent film. Visually stunning and extremely well developed. It explores not only politic corruption, but also the ethos behind journalism and how they can sometimes be manipulated. Its characters are superbly well developed; they emotional arches are well defined and we immediately identify with the main character, who gives an excellent performance. The paralalism between Danish politicians and UK politician are unavoidable, and it definitely gets us all thinking what if this happened in the UK, who'd be who? For once, a Danish film that is not necessarily an endless weeping tragedy. It's a pleasure to watch, easy to follow and complex enough. Realistic and very interesting. It keeps you hooked from beginning to end, and I'm not Danish.


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