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

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 2 nominations.
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Karl Oskar
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Kristina
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Robert
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Arvid
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Danjel
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Ulrika
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Jonas Petter
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Fina-Kajsa
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Anders Månsson, hennes son
Tom C. Fouts ...
Pastor Jackson
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Samuel Nöjd
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Pastor Törner
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Petrus Olausson
Karin Nordström ...
Judit, hans hustru (as Karin Nordström-Järegård)
Larry Clementson ...
Mr. Abbot
Georg Anaya ...
Mario Vallejos
Ed Carpenter ...
Regementsdoktorn
Bengt Ottekil ...
Fredrik Mattsson
Elsa Hofgren ...
Bordellmamman
Margita Nyström ...
Horan
Hans Elfvin ...
Sven, Danjels son
Solveig Samzelius ...
Ragnhild, hans hustru
Leif Sandberg ...
Grannen
Lasse Martinsson ...
Karl Oskars och Kristinas barn
Pelle Martinsson ...
Karl Oskars och Kristinas barn
Sara-Lena Arnoldsdotter ...
Karl Oskars och Kristinas barn
Frans Oddner ...
Karl Oskars och Kristinas barn
Yvonne Oppstedt ...
Karl Oskars och Kristinas barn
Linn Ullmann ...
Karl Oskars och Kristinas barn
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eva-Lena Zetterlund ...
Elin, Ulrikas dotter (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jan Troell

Written by

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Vilhelm Moberg ... (novel)
 
Bengt Forslund ... (screenplay) &
Jan Troell ... (screenplay)

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Bengt Forslund ... producer

Music by

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Bengt Ernryd
Lars August Lundh
Georg Oddner
Nils Parling

Cinematography by

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Jan Troell

Film Editing by

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Jan Troell

Editorial Department

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Sten Lindberg ... color timer
Georg Oddner ... film editing advisor
Jan Persson ... film editing advisor

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P.A. Lundgren

Costume Design by

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Ulla-Britt Söderlund

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Cecilia Drott ... makeup supervisor
Bengt Ottekil ... key hair stylist
Rose-Marie Ström ... assistant makeup supervisor (uncredited)

Production Management

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Lennart Blomkvist ... unit manager
Suzanne Dansereau ... assistant production manager: USA
Lotti Ekberg ... assistant production manager
Curt L. Malmsten ... production manager

Art Department

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Peter Høimark ... property master
Robert Tanenbaum ... U.S. movie poster artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Eddie Axberg ... sound mixer / sound
Berndt Frithiof ... re-recording mixer
Sten Norlén ... sound mixer / sound
Tommy Sundqvist ... sound
Björn Öberg ... sound
Lars C. Lundberg ... sound editor (uncredited)

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Ove Alström ... still photographer
Georg Engstrand ... gaffer
Rolf Holmquist ... first assistant camera
Dick Kehl ... gaffer: USA
Staffan Liljander ... first assistant camera
Stig Limér ... key grip
Pierre Rydberg ... key grip
Lasse Sandgren ... key grip

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Katinka Faragó ... script supervisor

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 1850, 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 and Karl-Oskar perhaps thinking him too young, impulsive and thus foolish. His plan is to go with his best friend Arvid, the two of them who would take the steamship down the river to St. Louis, from where they would walk the rest of the way. Also reluctant to say anything is Kristina, who can't help believe they made a mistake in leaving Sweden and their known life. Karl-Oskar and Kristina go through a series of highs and lows in their new life, some related specifically to being in Minnesota at this point in time, such as dealing with Indians and the imminent Civil War, and not knowing the language, and some related to their general life regardless of location, including Kristina's feeling of her role in the family. Robert's California tale is also told, he who returns back to Minnesota with a bagful of money four years after leaving, but who looks a little worse for wear. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • The Settlers (World-wide, English title)
  • The New Land (World-wide, English title)
  • Unto a Good Land (World-wide, English title)
  • Le nouveau monde (France)
  • Die Neubürger (Germany)
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  • 202 min
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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Stjärnbilder (1995). See more »
Quotes [first lines]
Kristina: I don't want to rock any more.
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