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Rubber Tarzan (1981)

Gummi-Tarzan (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 16 October 1981 (Denmark)
A weak, dyslexic boy is bullied in school. His Tarzan obsessed dad calls him Rubber Tarzan. He makes a friend in crane driver Ole, who tells him: There's always something, you're good at. You just have to know, what it is.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Svanbjerg Alex Svanbjerg ... Ivan Olsen
Otto Brandenburg Otto Brandenburg ... Ole, the crane driver
Peter Schrøder Peter Schrøder ... Ivan's father
Susanne Heinrich Susanne Heinrich ... Ivan's mother
Jens Okking ... Gymnastiklærer
Kjeld Løfting Kjeld Løfting ... Klasselærer
Terese Damsholt Terese Damsholt ... Lærer
Hardy Rafn Hardy Rafn ... Havneboss
Kirsten Rolffes Kirsten Rolffes ... Hundedame
Lone Kellerman Lone Kellerman ... Kassedame
Ole Thestrup Ole Thestrup ... Elevatormand
Hans Kragh-Jacobsen Hans Kragh-Jacobsen ... Edb-chef
Bent Warburg Bent Warburg ... Arbejdsmand
Søren Søgreni Søren Søgreni ... Tarzan
Helle Ryslinge Helle Ryslinge ... Jane


Ivan is a very lonely 8 year boy who is bullied almost every day in school. Even his father taunts him because Ivan litteraly is a weakling (That should explain the title Rubber Tarzan). As a result of this Ivan spends a lot of his time on daydreaming until he meets a kind of kindred spirit - the friendly and lonely crane driver Ole. Written by Jorn100580

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Drama | Family


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Dan Lausten, the cinematographer of the film is now a well known Oscar-nominated cinematographer in Hollywood. He previously worked on "The Shape of Water", winner of best motion picture of the year in 2018. See more »


The crane driver: There is always something you're good at. You just have to figure out what it is.
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Referenced in Natholdet - med Anders Breinholt: Nikolaj Lie Kaas (2012) See more »

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Possibly one of the best Danish films ever!
13 January 2003 | by Jorn100580See all my reviews

This masterpiece is originally a childrens film but it can be seen (and should be seen) by anyone and everyone! Funny and sad at the same time it reminds us once more why we should be ourselves. The 8 year old Ivan will never be the strongest boy in the schoolyard nor the top student in his class - because he isn´t meant to be these things. He is meant to be Ivan - and in the end it´s not that bad after all.

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16 October 1981 (Denmark) See more »

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