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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 »


Olle Hellbom


Astrid Lindgren (novel), Astrid Lindgren (screenplay)




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


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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Comedy | Family | Fantasy


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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 »


Karlsson: Welcome in, my dearest Karlsson. And you too, by the way.
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Edited into Karlsson på taket (1976) See more »

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Childish but cute
14 November 2011 | by bts1984See all my reviews

This Swedish motion-picture is one of endless movie adaptations of a novel by the great Astrid Lindgren. This film is more aimed at children but any adolescent or adult with a youthful spirit can perfectly enjoy it.

The story is both cute and funny. Svante Svantesson (called "Lillebror" - "Little Brother" in Swedish - by everyone) is a normal child who makes the most unusual friend in unexpected circumstances. That's Karlsson (a boy with a propeller on his back), met through the window during one of his flights. Soon they spend time and have fun together: in "Lillebror's" bedroom, in town (where they even go to an amusement park), flying through the roofs of Stockholm (Karlsson carries "Lillebror" on his back) and they even help the others and prevent thieves from stealing.

Karlsson is nicely portrayed by Mats Wikström. Karlsson is amusing, eccentric and a prankster. Whenever he pranks someone is hilarious, especially the two thieves who are so stupid that you have to feel sorry for them.

The charismatic Swedish child actor Lars Söderdahl ("Skorpan") is great as "Lillebror". "Lillebror" is cute, sweet, innocent and at the same time very serious - qualities which that kid actor knew very well how to portray.

It's not a perfect movie but has a discreet charm, it's original, cute, innocent, harmless and typically Swedish.

Haven't got any idea about the title of this in Portugal.

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Release Date:

2 December 1974 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Karlsson på taket See more »


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1.66 : 1
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