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My Life as a Dog (1985)

Mitt liv som hund (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Comedy | 1 May 1987 (USA)
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A boy and his brother don't get along well. In order to let their ill mother rest, they're separated and sent each one with their relatives.

Director:

Lasse Hallström

Writers:

Reidar Jönsson (novel), Lasse Hallström (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anton Glanzelius ... Ingemar Johansson
Tomas von Brömssen ... Gunnar, Ingemars morbror
Anki Lidén ... Ingemars mamma (as Anki Liden)
Melinda Kinnaman ... Saga
Kicki Rundgren Kicki Rundgren ... Ulla, Gunnars fru
Lennart Hjulström ... Konstnären
Ing-Marie Carlsson ... Berit (as Ing-Mari Carlsson)
Leif Ericson Leif Ericson ... Farbror Sandberg (as Leif Ericsson)
Christina Carlwind ... Fru Sandberg
Ralph Carlsson ... Harry
Viveca Dahlén Viveca Dahlén ... Tanten i tvättstugan
Arnold Alfredsson Arnold Alfredsson ... Mannes farfar (as Arnold Alfredson)
Fritz Elofsson Fritz Elofsson ... Mäster på glasbruket
Didrik Gustafsson Didrik Gustafsson ... Farbror Arvidsson, Ullas far (as Didrik Gustavsson)
Jan-Philip Hollström ... Manne, den grönhårige pojken
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Storyline

Ingemar lives with his brother and his terminally ill mother. He may have a rough time, but not as bad as Laika - the russian dog sent into space... He gets sent away to stay with relations for the summer. While there, he meets various strange characters, giving him experiences that will affect him for the rest of his life. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Det kunde ha varit värre. Jag har faktiskt haft tur. Om man jämför...

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Michael Jackson loved this movie. He took contact with the protagonist (Anton Glanzelius) and took him to an amusement park in Sweden to get to know him. Glanzelius also got to visit Michael in America. See more »

Goofs

At the very end, the uncle is trying to fix the door. When he turns to go in the house, he leaves the door open, but in the next cut the door is closed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ingemar: I should have told her everything. Mom loved stories like that. It's not so bad if you think about it. It could have been worse. Just think how that poor guy who got a new kidney in Boston ended up. He got his name in all the papers, but he died just the same. And what about Laika, the space dog? They put her in the Sputnik and sent her into space. They attached wires to her heart and brain to see how she felt. I don't think she felt too good. She spun around up there for five ...
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Connections

Referenced in Kommissarie Späck (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Far, jag kan inte få upp min kokosnöt
(original song title "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts")
Written by Fred Heatherton (joint pseudonym of Elton Box, Desmond Cox and Irwin Dash) (uncredited)
Swedish lyrics by Povel Ramel
Performed by Povel Ramel (uncredited)
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An absolute delight
19 May 2001 | by irajoelSee all my reviews

My Life As A Dog, now this is a total delight. The film follows the life of Ingemar in his 12th year as he has to cope with the slow death of his mother. The film takes place in 1959 in Sweden, and is just right in its atmosphere. Hallestrom works wonders with Anton Glanzelius as Ingemar, and he gives a marvelous performance that is truly touching and real. When his mother can no longer care for him and his older brother, Ingemar is sent off to his Uncle who lives in a small town in which it seems that all the residents work at the glass factory, and he soon becomes part of the town's fabric. His adventures are many,and includes his learning to box from the town tomboy who worries about her budding breasts, the chaperoning of the lovely town beauty as she poses nude for a sculptor, and his reading of a lingerie catalog to a dying old man. The film has been accused at least by someone on this list as being pornographic and prurient which is idiotic and stupid. This is a film about childhood and like most childhoods the film includes several scenes about children's growing awareness and curiosity about sex and their bodies and presents it in a real and sensitive way. A word of warning about the DVD transfer of the film. It stinks. Not only is it not letterboxed, but is full of flaws and looks no better than a video, but it is subtitled, and is still a joy to watch. One of the ten best films I saw in 1985.


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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

1 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,667, 3 May 1987

Gross USA:

$8,345,266

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,349,284
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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