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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.

Director:

Erik Balling

Writers:

Henning Bahs, Preben Kaas (idea) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Poul Reichhardt ... Maskinmester Bråst
Poul Bundgaard Poul Bundgaard ... Alf
Morten Grunwald ... Knud Hansen
Ove Sprogøe 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
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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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Country:

Denmark | Greece

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

10 October 1967 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

S/S Martha See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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Production Co:

Nordisk Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

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

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

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Uha Martha sikke en aften
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Performed by Preben Kaas, Poul Reichhardt, Morten Grunwald & Poul Bundgaard
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Wonderful cartoon-ish comedy about lovable unreliable slobs
5 August 2007 | by dh1897See all my reviews

Martha is probably the best, the funniest, and most lovable comedy ever to come out of Denmark. At the time of its release it was a financial flop, but time has made it a classic. Many lovers of old classic danish comedies consider Martha to be the finest of its kind. Even for people who have seen it numerous times, little fine details can still be found. The team is excellent, the cast counts the most loved danish actors of that era, and Balling shows why is by many considered to be the master of popular comedy.

It should be noted though, that while the finished screenplay was written by director Erik Balling and production designer Henning Bahs in collaboration, the original story was conceived by Bahs and the actor Preben Kaas, who plays the cookie on board the ship.

This is stated in the credits on the home video/DVD cassette.


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