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Martha (1967)

S/S Martha is from 1927 and no maintenance's been done since. Forgotten by HQ in CPH, the Danish crew has a good, stressless time. They celebrate a virgin crew member's 17th birthday buying him a woman. Suddenly, Martha's noticed by HQ.


Erik Balling


Henning Bahs, Preben Kaas (idea) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Poul Reichhardt ... Maskinmester Bråst
Poul Bundgaard Poul Bundgaard ... Alf
Morten Grunwald ... Knud Hansen
Ove Sprogøe ... Hovmester Watson
Preben Kaas Preben Kaas ... Kokken
Karl Stegger Karl Stegger ... Kaptajn Peter Nielsen
Paul Hagen Paul Hagen ... Radiotelegrafist Marius Knudsen (as Poul Hagen)
Henrik Wiehe Henrik Wiehe ... Styrmanden
Birger Jensen Birger Jensen ... Halfdan
Helge Kjærulff-Schmidt Helge Kjærulff-Schmidt ... Skibsreder O.P. Andersen
Hanne Borchsenius Hanne Borchsenius ... Lone Andersen
Lily Weiding Lily Weiding ... Frk. Bruun
Bjørn Puggaard-Müller Bjørn Puggaard-Müller ... Johansen
Eleni Anousaki ... Laura
Sverre Wilberg Sverre Wilberg ... Skibsreder Amundsen


A great cult comedy that was probably ahead of its time. A beloved movie among danish sailors. Martha is a very old and very rusty freight steamer, sailing in the Mediterranean, almost forgotten by the danish shipping line. The crew takes advantage of this, leading a very comfortable and luxurious life on board. Not without financial problems though. One day the ships owner suddenly needs to sail on her. He is a very old school and disciplined person and certainly not satisfied with the state of the ship and the crew. But the crew shows their worth when they have to fight for the survival of their beloved old steamer. Written by Peter Rasmussen

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ship | sailor | face slap | ocean | boat | See All (9) »


Comedy | Family


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The first script Erik Balling & Henning Bahs wrote in collaboration. See more »


Referenced in Spise med Price: Fise Med Price (2013) See more »


Når fjordene blåner som markens fiol
Performed by Ove Sprogøe, Poul Reichhardt, Morten Grunwald & Poul Bundgaard
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Nøøøøøj den er god!
26 April 2001 | by mcarineSee all my reviews

This movie is one of the best danish movies ever, matching; I Kina spiser de hunde, and Blinkende lygter. The movie gives a view into the relation between Sweden and Denmark, saying, that the danes will newer pass against the swedes, and always give all that we can muster. I have used this movie to make friends, with many danes throughout Denmark; whenever I have mentioned it, there has always been someone who knew, this masterpiece in danish movie history. And i have newer met anyone, that did not like this movie.

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Release Date:

10 October 1967 (Denmark) See more »

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Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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Nordisk Film See more »
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