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Pelle the Conqueror (1987)

Pelle erobreren (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 21 December 1988 (USA)
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When his wife dies, Lassefar (Max von Sydow) takes his 12-year-old son, Pelle (Pelle Hvenegaard), from their home in Sweden to Denmark in search of a better life. Signing on as laborers at ... See full summary »

Director:

Bille August

Writers:

Martin Andersen Nexø (novel), Bille August (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 21 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pelle Hvenegaard ... Pelle
Max von Sydow ... Lassefar
Erik Paaske Erik Paaske ... Forvalter
Björn Granath ... Erik (as Bjørn Granath)
Astrid Villaume Astrid Villaume ... Fru Kongstrup
Axel Strøbye ... Kongstrup
Troels Asmussen Troels Asmussen ... Rud
Kristina Törnqvist Kristina Törnqvist ... Anna
Karen Wegener Karen Wegener ... Madam Olsen
Sofie Gråbøl ... Jomfru Sine
Lars Simonsen ... Niels Køller
Buster Larsen Buster Larsen ... Ole Køller
John Wittig John Wittig ... Skolelærer
Troels Munk Troels Munk ... Læge
Nis Bank-Mikkelsen Nis Bank-Mikkelsen ... Præst
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When his wife dies, Lassefar (Max von Sydow) takes his 12-year-old son, Pelle (Pelle Hvenegaard), from their home in Sweden to Denmark in search of a better life. Signing on as laborers at a large farm, father and son undergo numerous trials, including prejudice against immigrants and run-ins with those more powerful than themselves in both the physical and the social sense. Over the course of a year, young Pelle learns what it takes to survive in a harsh and unforgiving world. Written by yusufpiskin

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Taglines:

De trodde att världen skulle bli deras

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film is set in the island of Bornholm, but none of the characters speak in the local dialect. 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.
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Connections

Featured in The 61st Annual Academy Awards (1989) See more »

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Hard Work and Dreams on the Horizon
27 October 2004 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

Max Von Sydow gives a stirring performance as an immigrant father with an enduring dream of conquering the world. Realizing his failure, he instills the dream in his son. Together, they seek a better life in the new land, but are confronted with harsh conditions and a bleak economic system, systemic of poverty and prejudice. The film locations and the fine acting enhance this Danish import. It should be noted that Von Sydow' character is a man possessed with inner strength and is unafraid of the punishing work and low pay, yet in several parts of the story, the father which his son has come to admire, retreats from the simple promises he has given his son. consequentially, the boy learns to accept his father as just an ordinary man with an enduring dream. Don't we all? ***


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Country:

Denmark | Sweden

Language:

Scanian | Danish | Swedish | Finnish

Release Date:

21 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,985, 25 December 1988

Gross USA:

$2,063,688

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,063,688
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| (English)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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