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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
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Søren Agergaard
Clara Maria Bahamondes ...
Julie Torp
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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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During a talk at a Danish high school, movie director Nikolaj Arcel said that he ask Søren Pilmark not to talk or be nice to Anders W. Bertelsen during production, because it would improve the acting (the two characters are supposed to dislike each other, the one being superior to the other). This resulted in Anders W. Bertelsen being somewhat nervous and cautious around Søren Pilmark. When shooting was done Arcel told Anders W. Bertelsen all about the secret and the two actors became friends. See more »

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Henrik Moll: Educated citizens are being ridiculed and it's okay to question standard human rights. What does that remind you of? The Soviet Union or Nazi Germany? And the journalists don't question a god damn thing, cause' they're scared shitless of being frozen out.
Ulrik Torp: Holy shit, Moll. You are paranoid.
Henrik Moll: The journalists and politicians work in the same building. That's like having a referee who's eating breakfast with the Brazilian soccer team, the night before the world finals.
Ulrik Torp: So what do you suggest that we...
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Featured in Kongekabale - Sandheden om filmen (2004) See more »

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Black Clouds
Composed by Ken Lending (as Kenn Lending)
Performed by Kenn Lending Blues Band
From the album Psychedelic Mind
Olufsen Records 1993 (DOCD5516)
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Very entertaining!
29 April 2005 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this gem when I caught it at a festival. The film is very well crafted. Tight direction, brilliant lighting, and shot after shot was just sparkling and a pleasure to watch. The story holds your interest throughout and although you're not forced to hold your breath in suspense, you ARE looking forward to where it is going. The performances are all believable but an actor named Anders W. Berthelsen carries this film on his back! If this guy can speak English, he's the next great American character actor. Meanwhile, I'll settle for subtitles.

8/10


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