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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a new land...a new hope...a new dream
Did You Know?
The film was released to cinemas in Sweden on 8 March 1971 and opened in New York City on 24 September 1972, distributed by Warner Bros. The U.S. version of the film was cut from 190 to 150 minutes. See more
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
What a rotten stench. What we need are clothes pins.
Original release in Sweden ran 191 minutes; cut to 151 minutes for the North American theatrical release. See more
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