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The Flight of the Eagle (1982)

Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd (original title)
In 1897 Swedish engineer S. A. Andrée with 2 colleagues prepares to fly over the North Pole in his balloon "Eagle".


Jan Troell


Klaus Rifbjerg (screenplay), Ian Rakoff (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Max von Sydow ... S.A. Andrée
Sverre Anker Ousdal ... Knut Fraenkel
Göran Stangertz ... Nils Strindberg
Eva von Hanno Eva von Hanno ... Gurli Linder
Charlotta Larsson Charlotta Larsson ... Anna Charlier (as Lotta Larsson)
Clément Harari Clément Harari ... Lachambre
Cornelis Vreeswijk ... Lundström
Jan-Olof Strandberg ... Nils Ekholm
Henric Holmberg Henric Holmberg ... Svedenborg
Mimi Pollak ... Mina Andrée
Siv Ericks ... Mrs. Assarsson
Ulla Sjöblom ... Andrée's Sister
Knut Husebø Knut Husebø ... Fridtjof Nansen
Peter Schildt ... Andrée's Clerk
Ingvar Kjellson ... Alfred Nobel


The Swedish 19th century engineer S. A. Andrée sets out to become the first man on the north pole. His idea is to launch a polar expedition using a hydrogen balloon, together with two friends. The balloon, "The Eagle", takes off from Svalbard in 1897, but the three men are not heard of again. Written by Tommy Sjöblom <embrace@alfaskop.net>

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En film av Jan Troell fritt efter Per Olof Sundmans roman.


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one of the two most extraordinary movies of Man's relationship to "space (area)."
5 December 1999 | by boywonder_4See all my reviews

Seen in America as "The Flight of the Eagle," this is one of the two most extraordinary movies of Man's relationship to "space (area)." Where "Das Boot" best captured a world of confined spaces, this movie dramatically arrests the viewer in an terrifying environment of "too much space." Beginning as a beautiful period-piece, this story follows our three adventurers as they pitch and win the argument, to be the first humans to reach the North Pole. As an accomplished balloonist, Max Von Sydow as the real life Swedish Engineer, S. A. Andrée, meets and collects two hardy companions and embarks the `great adventure' via what else ? …a balloon! The film brilliantly captures the three travelers' descent from excitement into stark realization that `blueprints' do not always describe reality. The remainder of the film which runs about 3 hours, is an incredible story of how intellect, will always be limited against the harsh reality of God. Tremendous performances by Von Sydow and company, and significantly inter-cut with actual photos from the expedition, this movie won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. One of the most psychologically-terrifying, emotional films (and a true story), this is a must see for fans of great film-making.


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26 August 1982 (Sweden) See more »

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Gulf of Bothnia, Baltic Sea See more »

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