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The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)

Flickan som lekte med elden (original title)
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As computer hacker Lisbeth and journalist Mikael investigate a sex-trafficking ring, Lisbeth is accused of three murders, causing her to go on the run while Mikael works to clear her name.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michalis Koutsogiannakis ...
Sofia Ledarp ...
Reuben Sallmander ...
Yasmine Garbi ...
Ralph Carlsson ...
Georgi Staykov ...
Hans Christian Thulin ...
Dag Svensson (as Hans-Christian Thulin)
Jennie Silfverhjelm ...


Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has made his living exposing the crooked and corrupt practices of establishment Swedish figures. So when a young journalist approaches him with a meticulously researched thesis about sex trafficking in Sweden and those in high office who abuse underage girls, Blomkvist immediately throws himself into the investigation. Written by benmo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal violence including a rape, some strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 August 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Girl Who Played with Fire  »

Box Office


€4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$904,998 (USA) (9 July 2010)


$6,942,564 (USA) (4 February 2011)

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Did You Know?


Of the three books/films in the Millennium Trilogy, this is the only one whose English title is a literal translation of the Swedish original. 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' was originally titled 'Men Who Hate Women'. 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest' was originally titled 'The Castle in the Sky that was Blown Up'. See more »


At least twice, Lisbeth uses a stun gun on a man while she is touching him. Her body would close the circuit, sending the voltage through her as well, but there is no evidence of it shocking her at all. See more »


Featured in Charlie Rose: Episode dated 25 October 2010 (2010) See more »


Would Anybody Die
Music by Jacob Groth
Text & Soloist: Misen Larsen (as Misen Groth)
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Exciting thriller, although unable to keep up with its predecessor
8 September 2009 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

Perspective: I am 25, Danish (thus understanding Swedish) and have not read the books.

"The Girl Who Played with Fire" continues smoothly from were "Men Who Hate Women" left off, and lets you easily connect with the core characters. Salander, Blomkvist and the Millennium crew are as usual exposing the darker sides of society and confronting the perpetrators, while Salander being under pressure from all directions.

Where the cruelty and surprises of its predecessor were essential for making it stand out among thrillers, I find this movie more mainstream in storyline and creativity. Salander has lost some of her mysterious goth charm, and the sex trafficking theme is only touched very softly, turning the movie into a regular investigation with a familiar cast of characters.

The movie is worth watching, but it's my impression that you should rather read the book first, to get a much deeper insight in the great novel.

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