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Twist and Shout (1984)

Tro, håb og kærlighed (original title)
Denmark, 1963: Teenagers Bjørn and Erik are into girls and being in a band helps Bjørn meet Anna. Erik likes Kirsten but she likes Bjørn. Having a mentally ill mom at home also ruins Erik's chances. Anna's pregnancy changes everything.

Director:

Bille August
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Tønsberg ... Bjørn
Lars Simonsen ... Erik
Camilla Søeberg ... Anna
Ulrikke Bondo Ulrikke Bondo ... Kirsten
Bent Mejding Bent Mejding ... Erik's father
Aase Hansen Aase Hansen ... Erik's mother (as Åse Hansen)
Arne Hansen Arne Hansen ... Bjørns father
Lone Lindorff Lone Lindorff ... Bjørn's mother
Thomas Nielsen Thomas Nielsen ... Bjørn's littlebrother Henning
Malene Schwartz ... Kirsten's mother
Troels Munk Troels Munk ... Kirsten's father
Helle Spangaard Helle Spangaard ... Kirsten's sister Inge
Kurt Ravn ... Kurt
Grethe Mogensen Grethe Mogensen ... Anna's mother
Elga Olga Svendsen Elga Olga Svendsen ... Bjørn's grandmother (as Elga Olga)
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Danish teens come of age in 1963. Bjorn and Erik are close friends. Bjorn is pursued by Kirsten, a future Stepford wife, but he falls for Anna, who initiates him into love and sex. Erik is somber, caring for his home-bound mentally-ill mother while his strict father rules his life. He desires Kirsten, but she's unattainable. Pregnancy, a horrific abortion, an engagement party, and a revelation about the rectitude of Erik's father lead to a climax: Bjorn and Erik must stand up to controlling adults. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

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Twist and Shout
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Written by Phil Medley & Bert Berns
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Danish Cinema Supremacy
9 October 2019 | by dflynch215See all my reviews

Denmark turned out some cinematic masterpieces in the 1980s. Danish films such as Babette's Feast and Pelle the Conqueror received international acclaim and Academy Award recognition. Bille August's Twist and Shout, released in 1984, established new standards for coming-of-age films. Teens in American films are usually portrayed as immature brats who exist in a perennial state of puberty. Teens in Danish films are more complex. Twist and Shout tells the story of Danish teens in 1963 who deal with life's challenges and beauty with a refreshing degree of sophistication. Excellent film!


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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

26 September 1986 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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