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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

Män som hatar kvinnor (original title)
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A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henrik Vanger
Cecilia Vanger
Gustav Morell
Harriet Vanger
Michalis Koutsogiannakis ...
Dragan Armanskij
Annika Giannini
Sofia Ledarp ...
Malin Eriksson
Tomas Köhler ...
'Plague' (as Thomas Köhler)
Janne Dahlman


Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle suspects murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history; but, the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves. Written by Music Box Films

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content including rape, grisly images, sexual material, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 April 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  »


Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

SEK 18,014,459 (Sweden), 1 March 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$335,502, 21 March 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,095,170, 24 February 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


All music for this film and its 2 sequels was recorded in just 4 days. According to composer Jacob Groth, the note sheets for the orchestra weighed 33 kilos. See more »


The postage stamp at the beginning of the movie shows it is from Hong Kong. The Chinese characters on it are written in simplified Chinese script, rather than the traditional Chinese script used in Hong Kong (and Taiwan). See more »


Lisbeth Salander: [attacking Martin with a golf club] Come and get it, you cunt!
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Ljus I Varje Hjärta
Text and Music by Misen Groth (as Misen Groth)
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well crafted, engaging and thought-provoking thriller
7 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

I am among, I guess, those very few people in Europe who have not read the best-selling novel by Stieg Larsson, but, not feeling in the mood to see another too emotionally engaging romance or drama, although its being my favourite genre, I went to see what is depicted by Larsson's fans as a captivating and gripping thriller.

Indeed, I can't say whether the movie proves adherence to the novel, which is something by the way difficult, considering the length of the book, however, I can say that the product is a well-crafted piece of cinema, which leaves also interesting food for thought. Used as we are, as southern Europeans, to see at Northern, and mainly Scandinavian countries, as models of democracy, economic progress and social welfare, it's quite surprising to see a modern Sweden stained by corruption and unscrupulous tycoons. Moreover, it is quite upsetting to get to know how Nazi extremist and insane ideas were rooted not so much in the history of the country, but in the conscience of people, in this case of a powerful and wealthy family, where the hatred towards the Jews has mixed with the hatred towards women, turning the lives of whole generations into a hell of ferocious violence and horror.

As far as the thriller story, it's engaging, but carried on very carefully, every aspect being under control, with flashbacks constantly reassuring us about aspects we have already perceived, without moving a little apart from a well consolidated stylistic model of this kind of movie genre. Sometimes a little slow, sometimes too indulging in violent scenes, but with a strong directing consciousness supporting it. Convincing and really good the performances offered by the whole cast, unknown to the great public, but I would underline the actress playing Lisbeth as really outstanding and upsetting in her mental and emotional distress. On the whole, it's not a masterpiece, but a good and well made movie.

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