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Who Pulled the Plug? (1981)

Göta kanal eller Vem drog ur proppen? (original title)
To get an order for 1,000 yachts from a middle-east sheik, two boat companies have to race 'Göta kanal', a canal through Sweden, east to west. There are no rules in this game and the winner gets the order.


Hans Iveberg


Hans Iveberg




Complete credited cast:
Kim Anderzon ... Lena
Janne Carlsson ... Janne
Stig Ossian Ericson ... Sigurd
Yvonne Lombard ... Rut
Nils Eklund ... Rune
Stig Engström ... Björn H:son Larsson
Magnus Härenstam ... Kronofogden
Rolv Wesenlund ... Norrmannen
Per Oscarsson ... Ulf Svensson
Georg Rydeberg ... Gustav
Peter Harryson ... Polisen
Svante Grundberg ... Kanotisten
Lars Amble ... Leif Andersson
Marie Göranzon ... Astrid Ohlsson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Andersson ... Man i segelbåt


An order for 1,000 yachts for a middle-east sheik is up for grabs. The list of contestants has been narrowed down to two companies: one is a multinational one with good backing and the other is run by visionaries and enthusiasts with their main focus on rowing-boats. Having a hard time to decide between the two the sheik declares a race on the Göta Canal through Sweden, from the capital of Stockholm to the second city of Gothenburg, where the winner gets the order. Pretty soon it becomes obvious that winning does not mean strictly abiding to sea rules and regulations. Written by Jonas Carlsson

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After the crash, we see fire trucks going over a bridge which one of the boats has just apparently passed, but the boat obviously doesn't fit under the closed bridge. See more »


[repeated line]
Sigurd: I've done some calculations on that...
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Crazy Credits

The Europa Film logo is emptied of water when an invisible plug is pulled. See more »


Referenced in Kommissarie Späck (2010) See more »


Money, Money, Money
Written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
Performed by ABBA
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Not funny
24 December 2005 | by Dirkgently123See all my reviews

The movie is considered being one of the classic Swedish comedies, but in my opinion it's not any funny. The concept of the film, about the competing boats would be good enough to make something of, and they have a great cast. The special effects are also good, thinking about it being an old Swedish 80's movie. But the jokes aren't funny. There's no funny situation comedy nor any good verbal jokes. They are just talking incoherently and falling or pushing each other into the water. Too bad.

Good old Swedish films are for example "Jönssonligan", "Sällskapsresan" or the films starring Björn Skifs. This one does not belong in the same league.

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Release Date:

18 December 1981 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Göta kanal See more »

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