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Nybyggarna (1972)

A Swedish immigrant family struggle to establish a new life for themselves in the forest of Minnesota in the mid 19th Century.

Director:

Jan Troell

Writers:

Vilhelm Moberg (novel), Bengt Forslund (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max von Sydow ... Karl Oskar
Liv Ullmann ... Kristina
Eddie Axberg ... Robert
Pierre Lindstedt ... Arvid
Allan Edwall ... Danjel
Monica Zetterlund ... Ulrika
Hans Alfredson ... Jonas Petter
Agneta Prytz ... Fina-Kajsa
Halvar Björk ... Anders Månsson, hennes son
Tom C. Fouts Tom C. Fouts ... Pastor Jackson
Peter Lindgren ... Samuel Nöjd
Per Oscarsson ... Pastor Törner
Oscar Ljung ... Petrus Olausson
Karin Nordström Karin Nordström ... Judit, hans hustru (as Karin Nordström-Järegård)
Larry Clementson Larry Clementson ... Mr. Abbot
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Storyline

The continuing saga of the Nilssons - husband and wife Karl-Oskar and Kristina, their several young children with another on the way, Karl-Oskar's younger brother Robert, and some of their extended family members such as Kristina's Uncle Danjel - and several of their Swedish compatriots is presented. This phase of their story begins where their saga in The Emigrants (1971) left off, in the fall of 1950, having just arrived in Minnesota from their native Sweden to begin what they hope will be a better life. They left Sweden because of the harsh and worsening conditions of their farm life, and chose Minnesota based on the stories of many of their Swedish friends who emigrated there before them. While Karl-Oskar goes through the process of setting up their homestead, eighteen year old Robert already has bigger dreams of striking it big in the California gold rush, something he is reluctant to tell Karl-Oskar until he is ready to leave if only having been under Karl-Oskar's guardianship ... Written by Huggo

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From "The Emigrants' dream, come the settlers struggle to survive...

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | English

Release Date:

26 February 1972 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

La nueva tierra See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Svensk Filmindustri (SF) See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The movie and its prequel The Emigrants (1971) were Oscar nominated on the same year (1972), though in different categories. This is the first and only occurrence of such an event. See more »

Goofs

In one of the first scenes, when Karl Oskar is taking the family to the new settlement, the boom mic is visible in the upper left corner for the entire shot. See more »

Quotes

Karl-Oskar: [as Kristina dies] Kristina! Stay!
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Bound for DVD?
30 October 2006 | by tangoviudoSee all my reviews

This is an extraordinary film, which I gave 10 out of 10 even if Warner Brothers, the film's theatrical distributor, cut the film in half for its American release. If ever this film (and its predecessor, "The Emigrants") makes it to DVD, I sincerely hope those 102 minutes are restored, so that I can at last see the film that Jan Troell intended for me to see.

As it looks on video, "The New Land" is still magnificent - its depiction of Swedish immigrants settling in frontier Minnesota outdoing every Western ever made. Be sure to look for the scene that George Lucas stole wholesale where Max von Sydow slaughters an ox and places his freezing son inside it during a snowstorm.


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