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19 Red Roses (1974)

Nitten røde roser (original title)
A Danish man's girlfriend is killed by a drunk driver. After a stay at a mental hospital he decides to kill someone dear to each of the 4 men in the car. 3 police detectives try to solve the "random" murders.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henning Jensen ... William Brehmer
Poul Reichhardt ... Kriminalassistent Ancher
Jens Okking ... Kriminalassistent Brask
Ulf Pilgaard Ulf Pilgaard ... Kriminalassistent Rieger
Holger Juul Hansen Holger Juul Hansen ... Kriminalkommisær Runge
Troels Munk Troels Munk ... Henri Durant
Lisbet Lipschitz Lisbet Lipschitz ... Frk. Durant
Helle Virkner Helle Virkner ... Marianne Durant
Mogens Brix-Pedersen Mogens Brix-Pedersen ... Otto Lintz
Birgit Sadolin Birgit Sadolin ... Fru Lintz
Paul Hüttel Paul Hüttel ... Poul Steffensen
Bendt Rothe Bendt Rothe ... Janus Bech
Birgitte Federspiel ... Louise Bech
Lene Vasegaard Lene Vasegaard ... Charlotte Nørlund
Rasmus Windfelt Rasmus Windfelt ... Charlotte Nørlunds søn
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A Danish man's girlfriend is killed by a drunk driver. After a stay at a mental hospital he decides to kill someone dear to each of the 4 men in the car. 3 police detectives try to solve the "random" murders.

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Hadet, sorgen og smærten var hans motiv - kærlighed hans drivkraft.




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Jens Okking won a Danish Bodil-award for best supporting actor, but refused to receive it. He considered it foolish to receive awards for doing his job. See more »


Followed by Terror (1977) See more »

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Arguably somewhat anticlimactic, but a pretty good Danish film
24 August 2004 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

Usually, when I watch Danish films, old ones in particular, I have to lower my expectations, compared to when I watch American or other countries where the films have a budget that isn't as low and/or the film-makers are more talented. This film is, sadly, no exception. The story is based on a novel by a Danish author whom I know nothing about, so I can't say whether or not it's accurate. The basic idea is good enough, but it just seems somewhat poorly executed, since this idea has been seen before(A Kiss Before Dying, and probably others as well) and the film doesn't really take the premise anywhere you don't expect it to, nor does it transcend the quality of the typical movie with this theme. The plot is pretty good; it has a somewhat good pace, and, despite never really surprising you, it manages to keep your interest and keep you entertained. The acting varies from good to very far below average. Fortunately, the latter is only seldom seen in the film. The characters are credible and interesting, but few are well-developed. To be frank, I didn't really think any of them were very well-developed. That's too bad, really. It might have lifted the film above its current rating. The humor is pretty good, never sinking very low, and mostly being in the form of witty remarks that don't seem out of place or character. The "twist", if you can call it that, is easily figured out very early in the movie, and serves no real purpose. The climax is fairly dull, despite being introduced as the direct opposite. The special effects are mostly bad, with one or two exceptions, which, again, can be attributed to the low level of expertise involved in Danish film productions(older films, in particular) and the low budget. All in all, a (slightly) above average crime film, with enough interesting parts to keep you watching the whole film. I recommend it to fans of Danish films, the various actors in the film, and possibly crime films in general. 7/10

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Release Date:

16 August 1974 (Denmark) See more »

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DKK1,400,000 (estimated)
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Lademann Film A/S See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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