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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
"Män som hatar kvinnor" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  30 April 2010 (USA)
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A journalist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing -- or dead -- for forty years by a young female hacker.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marika Lagercrantz ...
Ingvar Hirdwall ...
Ewa Fröling ...
Michalis Koutsogiannakis ...
Sofia Ledarp ...
Tomas Köhler ...
'Plague' (as Thomas Köhler)


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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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:

£378,434 (UK) (12 March 2010)


$10,095,170 (USA) (18 February 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The motorcycle used by Lisbeth is a Husaberg, which is a Swedish brand. See more »


The movie takes place in 2005, but the postage stamp on the envelope Henrik receives in the beginning of the film reads "2007 - 11 - 12". See more »


Dirch Frode: What can you tell me about Blomkvist?
Lisbeth Salander: Everything is in the report.
Dirch Frode: The short version.
Lisbeth Salander: Blomkvist got the nickname Kalle Blomkvist when he solved a bank robbery in the 80s. He's a very public person with no major secrets. Read the newspaper articles.
Dirch Frode: But does he have any secrets?
Lisbeth Salander: Everyone has secrets.
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Music by Kenneth Bager / M. Pfundheller / Jonas Krag
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A Worthy & Different Crime Mystery When Compared To American Films Of The Genre
13 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An intrigue fueled slow building thriller, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" is a refreshingly different take on the "whodunit" crime genre. This Swedish movie has loads of great cinematography, taking advantage of the beautiful Swedish country side as well as framing the eerie story. The principal characterizations are quite well suited by the cast who fit naturally in the roles they play with great realism. Like I have already noted this is a much different presentation as compared with American filmed crime thrillers. Even though this obviously has a well-funded budget it is grittier and less commercialized thus lending a realism over glossiness. The music score also adds quite a bit of ominous darkness.

I guess if you want to be overly critical you could punch a hole or two here or there, but I think this story comes off so most all viewers will ignore any inconsistencies in favor of the mysterious pieces which, eventually, add up, but not too fast – keeping the viewer invested and hoping to figure out how it may all end.

Though graphic at times, it isn't "porn-horror", "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" is a dark story where the unsettling pieces fit. I am fairly certain it will not be released in the US, but if you can see it do so as it is a well crafted and executed drama.

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