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The Emigrants (1971)

Utvandrarna (original title)
Småland, Sweden, mid-19th century. A farming family struggle with their rocky, unyielding land, and decide to embark on the arduous journey to new hope in America.

Director:

Jan Troell

Writers:

Bengt Forslund (screenplay), Jan Troell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max von Sydow ... Karl Oskar
Liv Ullmann ... Kristina
Eddie Axberg ... Robert
Sven-Olof Bern Sven-Olof Bern ... Nils (as Svenolof Bern)
Aina Alfredsson Aina Alfredsson ... Märta
Allan Edwall ... Danjel
Monica Zetterlund ... Ulrika
Pierre Lindstedt ... Arvid
Hans Alfredson ... Jonas Petter
Ulla Smidje ... Inga-Lena - Danjel's Hustru
Eva-Lena Zetterlund Eva-Lena Zetterlund ... Elin - Ulrika's Dotter
Gustaf Färingborg Gustaf Färingborg ... Prosten Brusander
Åke Fridell ... Aron på Nybacken
Agneta Prytz ... Fina-Kajsa
Halvar Björk ... Anders Månsson - Hennes Son
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Storyline

In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden). They get married and try to make a living on a small spot of land. However, the small size of their land, the infertile soil, and some bad harvests make it tough. One of their children even starves to death. Thus, they decide to emigrate to the U.S. They meet a group of farmers with their families planning the emigration under the leadership of a banned priest. They sell everything and embark for the U.S. The journey on the sailing ship is long and tedious. Some of the emigrants will never reach the New World. Written by Gerhard Windecker <g.wind@mbox300.swipnet.se>

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Taglines:

a new land...a new hope...a new dream

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Drama | History

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jan Troell and Wilhelm Moberg had a disagreement whether the actors should use dialects. Troell wanted all actors to speak Småländska (the dialect spoken in county Småland where the story takes place) while Moberg wanted no dialects. As a compromise Karl-Oskar and Kristina speak with a dialect while many of the others such as Robert and Arvid only speak with a very light accent. See more »

Goofs

On the train west a character shows an American silver coin and yells out it has "In God We Trust" on it. The scene is the 1850s and the motto was not added to American silver coins until 1867. See more »

Quotes

Robert: You'll need to learn the right way to hold the tongue also. Stick out your tongue for me.
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Alternate Versions

The USA television version, retitled "The Emigrant Saga", consists of this film plus its sequel, The New Land, joined and re-edited together in chronological order and dubbed in English. See more »

Connections

Featured in Liv Ullmann: Playing Kristina (2016) See more »

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Real movie lovers MUST see this!
6 November 2018 | by BoboLaTuqueSee all my reviews

I had this movie on VHS and transferred it to DVD. It is one of the best movies I have ever seen, and its sequel "The New Land" is equally as good. The acting, direction, cinematography... all excellent. It is a very evocative movie and seems to depict quite honestly the hardships and struggles of immigrants in the 1800s. This is one of about a dozen movies I must watch at least once per year. I love it. I would recommend this movie to dang-near anybody!


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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | English

Release Date:

8 March 1971 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,156,554
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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