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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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Från vår värld. Till sagornas och lägereldarnas värld. 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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When you see a big line of tengil soldiers marching past the camera, it is the same men walking around the camera and returning in line. See more »

Quotes

Tengil's Guard: What is it they say? "Orvar can die, but not freedom". He can tell that to Katla when he meets her, and we'll see what she has to say.
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A brave, brave movie
15 April 2005 | by milo_494See all my reviews

I think this film, and of course mainly the book by Astrid Lindgren, is one of the bravest children's movie I have ever seen. I remember as a child, seeing this film on video, and feeling totally absorbed with it, as I had never, until then, seen a movie that dealt with such issues for a child my age.

Thoughts moving around life and death are issues that all kids are confronted with, and are issues which evokes questions in the minds of children. Many grown-ups are unable to handle questions from kids regarding death, in these cases I think this film is an exquisite piece of art.

But of course the film is not all about death, it is also a movie about bravery, go about and dare to do what frightens you in life, and of course the life altering condition of love, the love between two brothers.

It's interesting to hear how Lindgren imaginative work started for this book. She told a Swedish newspaper many years ago that it started out with her walking through a cemetery, which was something she liked to do, and seeing the grave of two brothers. Then a time after, that she attended a press conference for the casting of a film based on one of her books, after the press conference the leading actor (a seven-year old) walked down the stage and sat down in his older brothers knee and the older brother kissed him on the forehead, which was something she found very moving; by then she knew her next story was going to be about two brothers. The final imaginative episode was when she went with the train in northern Sweden, she told it as being a cold winter day, "a day when it was as beautiful as if it wasn't of this earth" by then she knew that the story was to involve the question of death, and a life after this.


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