7.8/10
9,243
48 user 26 critic

Pelle the Conqueror (1987)

Pelle erobreren (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 21 December 1988 (USA)
Trailer
1:41 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find ... See full summary »

Director:

Bille August

Writers:

Martin Andersen Nexø (novel), Bille August (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Won 1 Oscar. Another 21 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The story of Ingmar Bergman's parents. In 1909, poor, idealistic theology student Henrik Bergman falls in love with Anna Åkerbloom, the intelligent, educated daughter of a rich family in ... See full summary »

Director: Bille August
Stars: Samuel Fröler, Pernilla August, Max von Sydow
Zappa (1983)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In the early '60s, 3 Danish classmates join a "den"/tree house. Steen likes his pet fish Zappa because it eats the weaker fish. Bjørn attracts girls and Mulle is a talkative, strong boy. Steen gets them into burglary and later escalates.

Director: Bille August
Stars: Adam Tønsberg, Peter Reichhardt, Morten Hoff
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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
Stars: Adam Tønsberg, Lars Simonsen, Camilla Søeberg
Jerusalem (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The beginning of the 20th century. Gertrud and Ingmar are in love with each other. While Ingmar is away during the winter, a religious wave spreads in the area. Also Gertrud becomes a ... See full summary »

Director: Bille August
Stars: Maria Bonnevie, Ulf Friberg, Pernilla August
Honning måne (1978)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young man finds love and settles down, but when his young wife spirals into depression they both have decisions to make.

Director: Bille August
Stars: Claus Strandberg, Kirsten Olesen, Jens Okking
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

During the late 19th century, a strict religious community in a Danish village takes in a French refugee from the Franco-Prussian War as a servant to the late pastor's daughters.

Director: Gabriel Axel
Stars: Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A rancher, his clairvoyant wife and their family face turbulent years in South America in this adaptation of Isabel Allende's best-seller.

Director: Bille August
Stars: Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Winona Ryder
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pelle Hvenegaard ... Pelle
Max von Sydow ... Lassefar
Erik Paaske Erik Paaske ... Forvalter / Foreman
Björn Granath ... Erik (as Bjørn Granath)
Astrid Villaume Astrid Villaume ... Fru Kongstrup / Mrs. Kongstrup
Axel Strøbye ... Kongstrup
Troels Asmussen Troels Asmussen ... Rud
Kristina Törnqvist Kristina Törnqvist ... Anna
Karen Wegener Karen Wegener ... Madam Olsen / Mrs. Olsen
Sofie Gråbøl ... Jomfru Sine / Miss Sine
Lars Simonsen ... Niels Køller
Buster Larsen Buster Larsen ... Ole Køller
John Wittig John Wittig ... Skolelærer / School teacher
Troels Munk Troels Munk ... Læge / Doctor
Nis Bank-Mikkelsen Nis Bank-Mikkelsen ... Præst / Clergyman
Edit

Storyline

The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find employment at a large farm, but are treated as the lowest form of life. Pelle starts to speak Danish but is still harassed as a foreigner. But none of them wants to give up their dream of finding a better life than the life they left in Sweden. Written by Mattias Thuresson

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

De trodde att världen skulle bli deras

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Denmark | Sweden

Language:

Scanian | Danish | Swedish | Finnish

Release Date:

21 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pelle the Conqueror See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,985, 25 December 1988, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,053,931
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Swedish director Ingmar Bergman told August he saw the film seven times, choosing August to direct the film The Best Intentions (1992). See more »

Goofs

Although set on the island of Bornholm, the characters speak standard Danish instead of the Bornholmsk dialect, and do not have Bornholm accents either. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pelle: Father?
Lassefar: Everything's gonna be fine.
Pelle: Tell it again.
Lassefar: This new country we're going to is very different.
Pelle: Talk more about it.
Lassefar: They put raisins in the pork roast and butter on the bread. They put a lot of butter on the bread. Brandy is cheap as water and it is so strong that it knocks you off. But your father can take it, Pelle, because he's strong.
Pelle: And children are free all day.
Lassefar: Yes, Pelle, yes.
Pelle: Tell it again.
[...]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An exceptionally well made film that is bound to depress you...
25 August 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I can see why "Pelle the Conqueror" won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. It's exceptionally well made. However, I am warning you that although it's worth seeing, it's not a particularly pleasant film--as it's grim from start to finish...VERY, VERY grim.

The film is set in late 19th century Denmark. It begins with an older man (Max Von Sydow) and his young son, Pelle, arriving there from Sweden. According to the dad, Denmark is a land of many opportunities and there life will be so much better than it had been back home. However, soon they learn that life is dreadfully oppressive here in their new home. They are hired on as indentured servants of sorts--and even the young boy must toil very hard on this farm. In some ways, they are like slaves as the food is terrible, the hours long and there is almost no let up to the bleakness of their lives. Many awful things happen through the course of the film--murdered babies, people getting pounded in the head by a large stone, rapes, and Pelle ultimately learns that through all this, his father is a spineless wimp.

This movie does seem to illustrate just how tough life was and does a great job of showing the lives of illiterate workers, but it's also a real chore to stick with it. Lovers of art films will probably be able to stick around for the almost three hour running time--most of the rest will not. In many ways it reminds me of other Oscar-winners like "The Last Emperor" and "The English Patient"--very grim and miserable films. However, at least with "Pelle" you actually care about the characters--which makes it worth seeing IF you are very, very patient. However, if you are depressed at all, do NOT watch the film--it might just push you over the edge.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 48 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed