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The life and times of Olof Palme, the prime minister of Sweden until his assassination in 1986. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Olof Palme ... Himself (archive footage)
Catharina Palme ... Herself, Olof Palme's sister
Lisbet Palme ... Herself
Richard Guston ... Himself, Olof Palme's schoolmate
Olof Ruin ... Himself
Tage Erlander ... Himself (archive footage)
Lennart Geijer ... Himself
Lars Edelstam ... Himself
Nikolai Bulganin ... Himself (archive footage)
Nikita Khrushchev ... Himself (archive footage)
Vyacheslav Molotov ... Himself (archive footage)
Ingvar Carlsson ... Himself
Jan O. Karlsson ... Himself
Mårten Palme ... Himself
Bertil Gustaf Oskar Carl Eugén ... Himself (archive footage) (as Duke of Halland Prince Bertil)

Vilgot Sjöman ... Himself (archive footage)

David Frost ... Himself (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ulf Adelsohn ... Himself

Salvador Allende ... Himself (archive footage)

Roy Andersson ... Himself
Yasser Arafat ... Himself (archive footage)
Sven Aspling ... Himself

Ingmar Bergman ... Himself (archive footage)
Carl Bildt ... Himself
Gösta Bohman ... Himself (archive footage)

Peter Bratt ... Himself (archive footage)

Fidel Castro ... Himself (archive footage)

Tage Danielsson ... Himself (archive footage)

Jörn Donner ... Himself (archive footage)
Harald Edelstam ... Himself (archive footage)
Rolf Ekman ... Himself
Hans Ericson ... Himself (archive footage)
Kjell Olof Feldt ... Himself
Anders Ferm ... Himself
Francisco Franco ... Himself (archive footage)
Thorbjörn Fälldin ... Himself (archive footage)

Jan Guillou ... Himself
Håkan Isaksson ... Himself (archive footage)
Antonia Ax:son Johnson ... Herself (archive footage)
Christina Jutterström ... Herself, journalist
King Carl XVI Gustaf ... Himself (archive footage) (as Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden)

Henry Kissinger ... Himself
Anna-Greta Lejon ... Herself

Astrid Lindgren ... Herself (archive footage)
Anna Lindh ... Herself (archive footage)
Edward N. Luttwak ... Himself (archive footage)

Shirley MacLaine ... Herself (archive footage)
Daniel Ortega ... Himself (archive footage)
Joakim Palme ... Himself
Mattias Palme ... Himself
Andreas Papandreou ... Himself (archive footage)
Thage G. Peterson ... Himself
Mona Sahlin ... Herself
Harry Schein ... Himself
Pierre Schori ... Himself

Barbra Streisand ... Herself (archive footage)

Margaret Thatcher ... Herself (archive footage)

Ingrid Thulin ... Herself (archive footage)

Joakim Thåström ... Himself (archive footage)

Desmond Tutu ... Himself
Cora Weiss ... Herself
Claire Wikholm ... Herself

Benny Andersson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Leonid Brezhnev ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Agnetha Fältskog ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Mikhail Gorbachev ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

George Harrison ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jacqueline Kennedy ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mauno Koivisto ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Lennon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Anni-Frid Lyngstad ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Paul McCartney ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Pete Seeger ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ringo Starr ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Björn Ulvaeus ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Max von Sydow ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Kristina Lindström 
Maud Nycander 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kristina Lindström 
Maud Nycander 

Produced by
Sofie Björklund .... co-producer
Fredrik Heinig .... producer
Mette Hoffman Meyer .... commissioning editor: DR
Mattias Nohrborg .... producer
Kristian Petri .... creative producer
Alexander Rönnberg .... associate producer
Original Music by
Benny Andersson 
Cinematography by
Magnus Berg 
Anders Bohman 
Film Editing by
Nils Pagh Andersen 
Andreas Jonsson 
Hanna Lejonqvist 
Sound Department
Fredrik Dalenfjäll .... sound effects editor
Thomas Huhn .... re-recording mixer
Thomas Huhn .... supervising sound editor
Ingela Jönsson .... dialogue editor
Ingela Jönsson .... foley artist
Visual Effects by
Hans Crispin .... digital media
Mats Holmgren .... digital colourist
Mats Holmgren .... digital grading
Oskar Larsson .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Lennart Edling .... still photographer
Bertil Jigert .... still photographer
Kurt Johansson .... still photographer
Anna-Greta Leijon .... still photographer
Lasse Olsson .... still photographer
Inger Ruin .... still photographer
Olle Sporrong .... still photographer
John Wahlbärj .... still photographer
Bertil Sson Åberg .... still photographer (as Bertil S-son Åberg)
Sven Åsberg .... still photographer
Animation Department
Mats Forsberg .... compositor
Martin Hultman .... animator
Editorial Department
Johan Hofverberg .... conforming
Cattis Legelius .... digital media coordinator
Anneli Oscarsson .... digital intermediate producer
Jonas Petersson .... conforming
Music Department
Benny Andersson .... musician
Göran Arnberg .... conductor: orchestration
Annette Beard .... vocalist
Jan Bengtson .... musician
Christian Bergqvist .... musician
Torbjörn Bernhardsson .... musician
Mirjam Charas .... musician
Sebastian Forslund .... composer: additional music
Per Grebacken .... music recording engineer (as Pär Grebacken)
Roland Kress .... music recording engineer
Artur Lemba .... composer: additional music
Mats Lundälv .... lyricist
Knutna Nävar .... music performer
Benny Anderssons Orkester .... orchestra
Pihlis .... musician
Kenji Rabson .... bass
Bengt Rosengren .... musician
Alexander Schmidt .... composer: additional music
Paul Sollinger .... bass
Per Sporrong .... musician
Patrik Swedrup .... musician
Rasmus Thord .... music supervisor
Maria Wozniakiewicz .... musician
Per Öman .... musician
Other crew
Jonas Goldmann .... researcher
Sara Tullberg .... researcher
Johan Wiman .... production coordinator

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103 min | 177 min (TV version) (3 parts) | Finland:161 min (TV version)

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David Frost:How would you like to be remembered by people? I don't know that you're gonna die tomorrow, thank God you're not. But uh, what would you like your obituary to say?
Olof Palme:That I have never thought of. And I hope that I will, up to the very last breath, not think of it. Because I think so, the moment people begin to think of their obituaries they start to be scared, they don't dare to do things and they lose their vitality. As we are here on earth and we're doomed to be on this earth, we should try to make life as descent as possible. That is really very simply the basis of my political ideology, that's what politics is about.
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1 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Seriously flawed, 4 July 2013
Author: lreynaert from Belgium

The directors of this documentary said that they were only interested in Olof Palme's personal life. But, of course, they had to talk about his political activities, nationally and internationally. On the International front, they show only one point of view, that of his enemies. There is one book which explains formidably well the international context of Olof Palme's political life: 'The Secret War Against Sweden' by Ola Tunander. But, apparently it was not possible to interview the author. His theory, however, about the fact that there exist alongside one another two different governments (a permanent one, and an elected one) in nearly all Western 'democracies' could have explained the very difficult context of Olof Palme's political initiatives. The makers also show the fiscal problems of Ingmar Bergman, one of Sweden's most illustrious sons. But, they don't explain the reasons why he was attacked by the Swedish fiscal authorities (the same happened with H. Laxness in Iceland). This movie doesn't reflect the true ideals of a generous, sincere and incorruptible man, whose enemies are still trying to smear his name. Ola Tunander's book is a must read. This movie is only a good documentary about Olof Palme's personal life.

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