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This Can't Happen Here (1950)

Sånt händer inte här (original title)
A story of two refugees - wife and husband - from the dictatorship. Their quiet life in a new free country is impossible because of the husband's dark secret.


Ingmar Bergman


Herbert Grevenius (screenplay)




Credited cast:
Signe Hasso ... Vera Irmelin
Alf Kjellin ... Björn Almkvist
Ulf Palme ... Atkä Natas
Gösta Cederlund ... The Country Doctor
Yngve Nordwall ... Lindell (as Yngve Nordvall)
Stig Olin ... The Young Man / narrator
Ragnar Klange Ragnar Klange ... Filip Rundblom
Hannu Kompus Hannu Kompus ... TheRefugees Priest
Sylvia Täl Sylvia Täl ... Vanja
Els Vårman Els Vårman ... Refugee
Edmar Kuus Edmar Kuus ... Leino a.k.a Sander
Rudy Lipp Rudy Lipp ... Skuggan (The Shadow) (as Rudolf Lipp)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gunwer Bergkvist ... Bit
Harald Björling Harald Björling ... Bit
Sten Hansson Sten Hansson ... Bit


Atka Natas is a secret agent from the oppressive regime of Liquidatzia. He visits his estranged wife Vera, a chemist who is involved with a group of exiles trying to smuggle their compatriots out of Liquidatzia. Almkvist, an honest local policeman and former lover of Vera's, contacts her while investigating the death of one of the refugees. Natas has a list of agents operating in the host country and wants to sell them to the Americans. However before he can do so, Vera tries to kill him, after an argument about getting her parents out of Liquidatzia. Written by Will Gilbert

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The name of the leading villain in this spy movie, Atkä Natas, is an anagram for "Äkta Satan" (Real Satan) in Swedish. See more »


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Actually, Quite a Good Little Film
30 October 2020 | by odinthor-2See all my reviews

This film is essentially Bergman does Hitchcock (in the mood of, say, "Foreign Correspondent," but darker . . . and yet with some moments of delightful humor). Bergman is making jabs here at the expected complacency of Swedish society in a situation in which malevolent foreign-based movements would be afoot. Beautifully photographed, and with splendid acting, this film is insightful, taut, intelligent, thought-provoking, and--to sum things up--most enjoyable, with no longueurs, no holes in the plot. Though for some reason Bergman himself ultimately didn't like it, that's no reason for this entertaining and enriching film to be unavailable. If you can find a screening, don't hesitate to partake of it!

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23 October 1950 (Sweden) See more »

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