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Karlsson on the Roof (1974)

Världens bästa Karlsson (original title)
Karlsson is a very short, very portly and overconfident man who lives in a small house hidden behind a chimney on the roof of a very ordinary apartment building, on a very ordinary street ... See full summary »

Director:

Olle Hellbom

Writers:

Astrid Lindgren (novel), Astrid Lindgren (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lars Söderdahl ... Svante 'Lillebror' Svantesson
Mats Wikström ... Karlsson
Catrin Westerlund ... Lillebror's Mother
Stig Ossian Ericson ... Lillebror's Father
Staffan Hallerstam ... Bosse Svantesson
Britt Marie Näsholm Britt Marie Näsholm ... Bettan Svantesson
Nils Lagergren ... Krister
Maria Selander Maria Selander ... Gunilla
Pär Kjellin Pär Kjellin ... Pelle
Janne Carlsson ... Fille
Gösta Wälivaara Gösta Wälivaara ... Rulle
Catti Edfeldt ... Woman with flowers
Jan Nygren Jan Nygren ... Karlsson (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maud Hansson ... Mrs. Johanson, the sales agent
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Storyline

Karlsson is a very short, very portly and overconfident man who lives in a small house hidden behind a chimney on the roof of a very ordinary apartment building, on a very ordinary street in Stockholm. When Karlsson pushes a button on his stomach, it starts a clever little motor with a propeller on his back allowing him to fly. Karlsson is the best at everything, at least according to himself. But there is, in fact, one thing at which he excels: being a playmate to a young boy named Svante, but nicknamed Lillebror (little brother), who lives in the apartment building with his family. Karlsson is quite mischievous, often getting Lillebror in trouble, but everyone in the end - even Lillebror's family, his cranky uncle, and their dour housekeeper - grow to like Karlsson and appreciate his sense of humour, energy, and good nature.

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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | Icelandic

Release Date:

2 December 1974 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Karlsson på taket See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Janne "Loffe" Carlsson, who plays the burglar Fille in this film, got so tired of Lars Söderdal running around the studio. Finally, Janne put the child actor on the floor and used a stapler to staple his clothes to the ground so he would lie still. This amused the director, Olle Hellbom, who got a bit nervous of Lars running around. See more »

Quotes

Karlsson: Hey, Lillebror. I don't suppose you've got any caramels left?
Svante 'Lillebror' Svantesson: No. Just these three fudges.
Karlsson: Hmm. That's three. But you can't split three. Any kid knows that
[Karlsson takes one of the fudges]
Karlsson: .
Svante 'Lillebror' Svantesson: No...
Karlsson: No? You greedy little kid. Won't you even let me have a tiny fudge?
Svante 'Lillebror' Svantesson: Yeah, but now there's only two left. Who'll get to choose first?
Karlsson: You may. But only if you take the smallest one.
Svante 'Lillebror' Svantesson: Then you'll get to choose first.
[...]
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Version of Karlsson on the Roof (2002) See more »

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World's best Karlsson!
22 September 2006 | by linda-summerof69See all my reviews

I saw Karlsson first when I was about 5 or 6 years old and it became my favorite movie as a child. Every time they show Karlsson in Holland on TV, I watched it every time, even when I was in my 20's. When they showed the movie in the early days it was the original Swedish version with Dutch subtitles but later they did it with a Dutch language so kids could understand the story. I didn't like the Dutch version so I bought the original movie in Swedish and still love it very much. The whole story is just fabulous. A little boy, Lillebror, is the youngest member in the family and sometimes he is bored. Suddenly he meets Karlsson from the roof, a little, fat, baldy kid/man with a propeller on his back. He can fly. Lillebror tells his family about Karlsson but they don't believe him. What I most like about this movie is Karlsson himself, he is so funny and opinionated. He is really hilarious compared to the sweet little Lillebror. Karlsson and Lillebror have all kinds of adventures when Lillebror flies on Karlsson's back. When you like Pippi Longstocking, you definitely like Karlsson.


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