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Pelle the Conqueror (1987)

Pelle erobreren (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 21 December 1988 (USA)
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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 »



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


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

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De trodde att världen skulle bli deras




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21 December 1988 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$974, 17 March 2017, Limited Release

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1.85 : 1
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[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.
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Again..a pleasant surprise!
27 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Very few films can stand up so well as this one. I was very pleasant surprised when I got the DVD from the public library and I realized that I had and in my hands an unknown gem. Starting with the costumes, that are probably the most realistic ones I've seen in many movies; the actors that just perfect for their parts (specially the kids..) and finishing with a brilliant director that to me was quite unknown( I realized later that is the same one from `Misérables, Les'). If there is something missing or maybe not as good as the rest of the film is the MUSIC. Sometimes it lives up to the quality of the movie, but most of the time is just missing or is not really appropriate for the particular scene..sorry, but that's my opinion! Most of the people think that the characters are not well developed and not coherent , but to me adaptation of the book is always hard to follow, so maybe that's why you get the feeling that something is missing… The movie ranks on top of my `all times favorites', a true European masterpiece!

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