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The Great Adventure (1953)

Det stora äventyret (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Family | 23 May 1955 (USA)
A year in the lives of the animals living near a small Swedish farm.


Arne Sucksdorff


René Barjavel (commentary: french version), Arne Sucksdorff
Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Gunnar Sjöberg ... Narrator (Anders as an adult) (voice)
Luis Van Rooten Luis Van Rooten ... Narrator (Anders as an adult) (U.S. version) (voice)
Anders Nohrborg Anders Nohrborg ... Anders
Kjell Sucksdorff Kjell Sucksdorff ... Kjell
Holger Stockman Holger Stockman ... Kvast-Emil
Arne Sucksdorff ... Father
Amanda Haglund Amanda Haglund ... Grandmother
Annika Ekedahl Annika Ekedahl ... Annika
Aina Fritzell Aina Fritzell ... Teacher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stina Andersson Stina Andersson ... Mother
Erik Bodin Erik Bodin ... Store Keeper
Sigvard Kihlgren Sigvard Kihlgren ... Jens
Norman Shelley Norman Shelley ... Narrator
Tryggve Thyselius Tryggve Thyselius ... Priest


A vixen mother invades a chicken coop to provide food for her cubs. She continues to raid the coop until she is shot by a farmer. The cubs are attacked by the farmer and only one survives. An otter trapped in a burrow is rescued by 10-year-old Anders and his six-year-old brother, Kjell. In secret, the boys cage the animal and finally domesticate it. They obtain food for the Otter by fishing through the ice on a frozen lake. The boys manage to keep their secret from their family. On the eve of the May Day festival, Kjell reveals to family and friends the otter's presence. Anders is so distressed that he runs into the woods with the otter. The otter breaks away and returns to its life of natural freedom. The film was a prize winner at the 1954 Cannes Film Festival. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Great Adventure is Life Itself!


Drama | Family


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A beautiful screen work
11 February 1999 | by harry-76See all my reviews

"The Great Adventure" is a very fine film achievement, in which Director Arne Susksdorff beautifully realizes animal life and nature. Taking two years to edit the footage, Susksdorff has created a rare glimpse of wild animal life and its special relationship with humans, as depicted through the eyes of a small boy. The black and white photography is superb, and the film's total impact is emotionally moving and unforgettable. This one definitely needs to be available on video!

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23 May 1955 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System) (US prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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