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.
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and Bengt Forslund
went location scouting in the United States in September 1968, but found many of the lands were too developed or could not accommodate film equipment. See more
Black slaves are shown chained to the Lake Erie steamboat leaving Buffalo, New York, circa 1850. Slavery had been abolished in the State of New York since 1827. See more
There are two kinds of folk in America. There are those who become rich because they've been here so long and there are some who have come so recently they haven't had time to get rich.
Original release in Sweden ran 191 minutes; cut to 151 minutes for the North American theatrical release. See more