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The Brothers Lionheart (1977)

Bröderna Lejonhjärta (original title)
Brothers Jonatan and Skorpan lead a revolution against the tyrant Tengil in the magical afterlife land of Nangijala.

Director:

Olle Hellbom

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Staffan Götestam ... Jonatan
Lars Söderdahl ... Skorpan
Allan Edwall ... Mattias
Gunn Wållgren ... Sofia
Folke Hjort ... Jossi
Per Oscarsson ... Orvar
Tommy Johnson ... Hubert
Jan Nygren Jan Nygren ... Veder
Micha Gabay Micha Gabay ... Kader
Georg Årlin ... Tengil
Bertil Norström ... Pjuke
Mats Andersson Mats Andersson ... Tengil's Soldier
Aksel Erhardtsen Aksel Erhardtsen ... Tengil's Soldier (as Aksel Erhardsen)
Ulf Håkan Jansson Ulf Håkan Jansson ... Tengil's Soldier
Bodil Lindorff Bodil Lindorff ... Mother
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Storyline

9-year old Karl Lejon, 'Skorpan' is suffering from tuberculosis and knows that he will die soon. But his older brother Jonathan tries to comfort him by promising that they one day will meet in Nangijala, a magic country beyond the stars. Jonathan dies soon after in a house fire and Skorpan also passes away not long after. They meet in Nangijala, a country divided into the Cherry Blossom Valley and the Briar-Bush Valley. The people in the later are oppressed by the black knight Tengil and his dragon Katla. The two brothers, who now call themselves Jonathan and Karl Lion Heart, decide to help the freedom fighters against the oppression. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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From our world. To the world of the tales and the camp fires. See more »


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Details

Country:

Sweden | Iceland

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

23 September 1977 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Brothers Lionheart See more »

Filming Locations:

Iceland See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the last fighting scene, the villagers run from Katla down the hill and pass a lot of junipers. The junipers are actually burned down already, before Katla's fire hit them. They were accidentally burned down in other takes before the "right" one. See more »

Quotes

Veder: A disobedient old grandpa, that's what you are.
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Edited into Bröderna Lejonhjärta (1980) See more »

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Would love to see this again!
1 March 2002 | by Liza-19See all my reviews

I haven't seen this movie since I was eight years old. I'm now in my early twenties and can remember almost everything about it! This was such a beautiful film, and is both tragic and uplifting. The story is mystical and magical, and the love between the brothers is heartwarming. I highly recommend it.


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