Sweet Land (2005)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  31 July 2008 (Brazil)
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In 1920, Inge, a German national, travels from Norway to rural Minnesota for her arranged marriage to Olaf, a Norwegian farmer; bureaucracy and prejudice cause major complications.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Young Inge
Old Inge
Young Lars
Stephen Pelinski ...
Old Lars
Young Olaf
Old Olaf
Young Frandsen
Old Frandsen
Donna Torvik
Mae Torvik
Kirsten Frantzich ...
Stephen Yoakam ...
Einar Torvik
Rose Torvik
James Cada ...
Minister Thorwald
Sarah Torvik


As Inge buries her husband Olaf on their Minnesota farm in 1968, we relive her life story as she tells her grown grandson about how she arrived from Germany in 1920 as Olaf's postal bride and of the obstacles they overcame in order to marry... Written by Lillian LaSalle

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief partial nudity and mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 July 2008 (Brazil)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$41,860 (USA) (13 October 2006)


$1,706,325 (USA) (6 July 2007)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Most of the Norwegian and German was not scripted, but made up by the actors during filming and is gibberish. See more »


They harvest an entire field of corn between the two of them, when they get back to the barn, the crop is suddenly wheat. They go through the whole "separating the wheat from the chaff" process, and pour the seed into sacks. See more »


Postal Clerk: No foreign language letters leave the country.
Young Olaf: Why?
Postal Clerk: We're at war, with Germany.
Young Olaf: So they keep telling me. I tought ve von.
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Quiet Breathing
Music and Lyrics by Mark Orton, Thomas Lieberman (as T.F. Lieberman) and Haley Bonar
Published by Camp Watertown Music/Liza Rose Music
Quiet Breathing, LP (ASCAP)
Performed by Haley Bonar
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Touching story of life in America's heartland of the 1920's.
19 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sweet Land touched my heart. My roots are from the same farming background as Olaf and Inge's. Seeing them brought back stories and memories of my own growing up and family history. It slowed down the pace for just a little while and brought back into focus what should really matter in life--and that is the people you journey though it with. The story is simple and yet it is far deeper and more touching than most movies that hit the screen today. It is a story of hardship and the joy and pride that come from hard work. It is a love story and a story of strength. And it is a story with humor and valuable lessons that I believe America's heartland was raised on. It also shares a mindset of a time gone by, an understanding of why our grandparents and parents thought as they did and believed the things they believed. When we know and understand the past, it helps shape and lead us to the future. I appreciate the time and energy that went into the making of this film. It is a treasure.

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