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The Simple-Minded Murderer (1982)

Den enfaldige mördaren (original title)
A mentally challenged man escapes from his tyrannical master and finds happiness when a poor family takes him in.

Director:

Hans Alfredson

Writer:

Hans Alfredson (screenplay)
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7 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stellan Skarsgård ... Sven
Maria Johansson ... Anna
Hans Alfredson ... Höglund
Per Myrberg ... Andersson
Lena-Pia Bernhardsson Lena-Pia Bernhardsson ... Mrs. Andersson
Nils Ahlroth ... Månsson
Lars Amble ... Bengt
Carl-Åke Eriksson Carl-Åke Eriksson ... Wallin
Cecilia Walton Cecilia Walton ... Vera
Wallis Grahn Wallis Grahn ... Mrs. Höglund
Else-Marie Brandt Else-Marie Brandt ... Sven's Mother
Gösta Ekman ... The New Driver
Carl Billquist ... Flodin
Lena Nyman ... Woman Without Legs
Björn Andrésen ... Angel
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Storyline

In the 1930s, the feeble-minded Sven's mother dies and he is hired as a farm-hand at the rich, affluent Höglund's farm. He has to work without pay and sleeps together with the cows. He meets the disabled Anna who is the first one to treat him as an adult. One day he has had enough of Höglund's maltreatment and moves in with Anna's family. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Drama

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Trivia

For authenticity, Stellan Skarsgård cut his own hair with a pair of sheep-shears, and used a mouthpiece to simulate the cleft palate that was the reason for the speech impediment that made others mistake Sven for being mentally challenged. See more »

Goofs

This film is set in the 1930s, yet when Sven goes by a toy store during his breakdown, a plush toy of Snoopy can be spotted in the store's vitrine. Snoopy wasn't invented until 1950. See more »

Quotes

Höglund: What the hell, can't we have some fun?
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Connections

Featured in Stjärnbilder (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Requiem
Written by Giuseppe Verdi (as Verdi)
Conducted by Georg Solti (as Sir Georg Solti)
Decca LP SET 374-5
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As relevant as ever
15 September 2018 | by aleistad-1See all my reviews

As others have remarked, this may be the best movie to come out of Sweden. It both enrages and soothes, as it follows the oppression and uprising of the main character.

While it covers the tribulations and triumphs of the main characters perfectly, it's about so much more. It has a big heart and reminds you that overcomplicating things can lead us astray, whereas the purity of simplicity is sometimes what we should strive for, and it's a lesson in the corrupt nature of power.

The production may seem plain at first, but you'll soon realize that it's pitch perfect. Unfortunately I didn't see this movie before now - I, like every man, could have done well with the additional ballast that this piece of art provides.


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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Scanian | Swedish

Release Date:

September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Simple-Minded Murderer See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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