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Vi er allesammen tossede (1959)

A comedy of a man's Kafkaesque experience with the Danish welfare system starting with the IRS, the traffic police thinking he's drunk because he's seeing elephants (he drove into one earlier) and finally from jail to a mental hospital.


Sven Methling
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kjeld Petersen ... Alex Alexandersen
Jessie Rindom Jessie Rindom ... Fru Alexandersen
Birgitte Reimer Birgitte Reimer ... Birthe Alexandersen
Buster Larsen Buster Larsen ... William Frandsen
Dirch Passer ... Sporvognskonduktør Knudsen
Bjørn Puggaard-Müller Bjørn Puggaard-Müller ... Ligningsinspektøren
Keld Markuslund Keld Markuslund ... Landbetjenten
Sonny Benneweis Sonny Benneweis ... Cirkusdirektøren
Jørgen Beck Jørgen Beck ... Overbetjenten
Bjørn Spiro Bjørn Spiro ... Politiassistenten
Emil Hass Christensen Emil Hass Christensen ... Lægen
Preben Mahrt Preben Mahrt ... Overlægen
Holger Munk Holger Munk ... Reservelægen
Anna Hagen Anna Hagen ... Plejemor
Lis Adelvard Lis Adelvard ... Frk. Hilding


After a gruesome meeting with the tax authorities Alex Alexander takes a drive in the countryside to calm down. While driving, he accidentally runs into an elephant from a circus. When he is stopped by the police and tells them about the elephant they think he is crazy. He is committed to an asylum by the very authorities his taxes are funding. The doctor tries to convince him that the elephants were not really there, but he gets more help from manic fellow patient Knudsen who makes him realize that everybody in the world is crazy in some way. Written by hc-13

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18 December 1959 (Denmark) See more »

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Vi är tokiga allihop See more »

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Scala Film See more »
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1.66 : 1
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To think you have to act crazy to be considered sane
5 March 2010 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

Fifty years later, and so much still holds up. Once film was invented and especially after sound was added(other than piano music), we Danes got to be rather productive, for half a dozen decades or so. Quite a few of these movies, perhaps most, were farces, and a lot of them now seems too goofy(indeed that quality is present in this, as well). Nevertheless, there are numerous that hold up remarkably well. The Olsen Gang ones are among the best examples of such; and also this little number. With satire over high taxes(perhaps in response to the IRS "grab it where we can" mentality of the time, on account of people not paying for one year until the next, leading to countless cases of the money having been spent) and welfare, not to mention material that points out how you may find yourself in a situation where you have to humor the authority figure, as they decide your future, and they are human beings, with the same flaws as the rest of us, a bunch of this doesn't feel like it's half a century old, and it's surprisingly fair, not really painting anyone as the bad guy(except maybe those who are sheep, and do not question their boss regardless of what he tells them). This is hilarious, with silliness, cleverness, verbal and some slapstick. It does try too hard at times. The score helps sell bits, and is overbearing. There are things that get to be over the top, and yes, with Petersen in the lead and Passer in an unusually small role, a portion of the jokes or gags do rely on seeing them going nuts, yelling and the like(with that said, that is genuinely funny, and it tends to make sense). The acting is actually pretty good. This is realistic, if not entirely all of the way through. The script is largely great; the conclusion, whilst offering reasonable wrap-up, is clearly more about catharsis, and it does drag it down a tad that it serves little purpose, as one of the few scenes. This has a very fast pace; in fact, it never stands still. The legacy of silent motion pictures is honored in this, with sequences that are in homage to them, without feeling forced, and they are likely to make you laugh. There is brief nudity and a little strong language in this. I recommend this to any fan of our comedies. 8/10

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