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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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The character "Man i segelbåt" is played by famous Swedish amateur wrestler Frank Andersson who won no less than 15 medals in Greco-Roman Style during his career. See more »


The race is supposed to take place in the summertime. Still, yellow leaves on the trees can be seen in the final scenes, indicating early autumn. 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 »

Alternate Versions

In the Castilian Spanish dubbing Lena is learning Catalan, because she wants to see her sister in Tarrasa (Spain). See more »


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A classic Swedish picture!
8 March 2003 | by ze0See all my reviews

This movie is about a boat race on a small river in the mid of Sweden. They are racing for an order of 1000 yachts to a middle-east sheik. The movie has a lot of (at the time) good Swedish actors, I beleive that you have to be from Sweden or Scandinavia to like this one...

It has a bit of classic action here and there but it's kind of a comedy / drama picture. The story plays out in "present day" 1981 and it's a "feel good" movie.

I rate is movie 7/10.

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Release Date:

18 December 1981 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Göta kanal See more »

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1.66 : 1
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