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Pelle the Conqueror ()

Pelle erobreren (original title)
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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... See more »

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Pelle
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Lassefar
Erik Paaske ...
Forvalter
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Erik (as Bjørn Granath)
Astrid Villaume ...
Fru Kongstrup
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Kongstrup
Troels Asmussen ...
Rud
Kristina Törnqvist ...
Anna
Karen Wegener ...
Madam Olsen
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Jomfru Sine
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Niels Køller
Buster Larsen ...
Ole Køller
John Wittig ...
Skolelærer
Troels Munk ...
Læge
Nis Bank-Mikkelsen ...
Præst
Lena-Pia Bernhardsson ...
Soen (as Lena Pia Bernhardsson)
Anna Lise Hirsch Bjerrum ...
Karna (as Anne Lise Hirsch Bjerrum)
Vilhelm Weber ...
Karl på Stengården
Merete Holst Hansen ...
Pige på Stengården
Mogens Dester ...
Karl på Stengården
Tine Stochholm ...
Pige på Stengården
Finn Knygberg ...
Karl på Stengården
Inge Marie From ...
Pige på Stengården
Henrik Hansen ...
Karl på Stengården
Jytte Strandberg ...
Pige på Stengården
Jørgen Hansen ...
Karl på Stengården
Nina Christoffersen ...
Pige på Stengården
Finn Olsen ...
Karl på Stengården
Lone Svendsen ...
Pige på Stengården
Thyge Andersen ...
Karl på Stengården
Birthe Jensen ...
Pige på Stengården (as Birte Jensen)
Henning Franck Hansen ...
Skoleelev
Thomas Hansen ...
Skoleelev
Lars Petersen ...
Skoleelev
Karen Bjørkøe ...
Skoleelev
Espen Hegnet Knudsen ...
Skoleelev
Sascha Lystrup Andersen ...
Skoleelev
Jeppe Nicolaisen ...
Skoleelev
Rikke Hacke ...
Skoleelev
Oliver Grumme ...
Skoleelev
Henriette Nielsen ...
Skoleelev
Benjamin Holk Henriksen ...
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Henriette Nolsøe ...
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Ingeborg Holten ...
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David Heilman ...
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Daniel Roosen ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kurt Frederiksen ...
Fisker (uncredited)
Morten Jørgensen ...
Landbrugselev (uncredited)

Directed by

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Bille August

Written by

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Martin Andersen Nexø ... (novel)
 
Bille August ... (screenplay)
 
Per Olov Enquist ... (in collaboration with) &
Bjarne Reuter ... (in collaboration with)

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Per Holst ... producer

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Stefan Nilsson

Cinematography by

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Jörgen Persson

Film Editing by

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Janus Billeskov Jansen

Editorial Department

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Lisbet Nielsen ... assistant editor
Michael Frank Nielsen ... color timer (as Michael Nielsen)
Martin Schmidt ... synchronization

Production Design by

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Anna Asp

Costume Design by

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Kicki Ilander

Makeup Department

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Malin Birch-Jensen ... assistant makeup artist
Kaj Grönberg ... makeup artist
Grethe Holleufer ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

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Lars Kolvig ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Tove Berg ... assistant director
Mads Egmont Christensen ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Ole Bachmann ... carpenter
Ivar Baungaard ... property master
Jan Eriksson ... carpenter (as Jan-Erik Eriksson)
Magnus Magnusson ... property master
Thorkil Slebsager ... property master
Leif Stoltze ... carpenter
Bengt Svedberg ... carpenter
Simon Bang ... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Jacob Wirth Carlsen ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Niels Arild ... sound
Lars Lund ... sound
Jérôme Lévy ... foley artist (as Jerome Levy)

Special Effects by

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Claus Bjerre ... special effects
Michael Kvium ... special effects
Kristian Lund ... special effects
Lasse Spang Olsen ... special effects

Stunts

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Lasse Spang Olsen ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Søren Berthelin ... assistant camera
Jan Guldbrandsen ... lighting technician
Kent Högberg ... gaffer
Rolf Konow ... still photographer
Rolf Lindström ... camera operator
Eg Norre ... grip
Fritz Schrøder ... camera operator: second unit
Otto Stenov ... grip (as Otto Stenow)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Gitte Kolvig ... wardrobe assistant
Birthe Qualmann ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

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Jens Arnoldus ... location manager

Music Department

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Janne Hansson ... music recordist: Atlantis Studio

Script and Continuity Department

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Stine Monty Freddie ... continuity

Other crew

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Camilla Bertilsson ... child minder
Ditte Christiansen ... production assistant
Katinka Faragó ... film consultant: Svenska Filminstitutet
Claes Kastholm Hansen ... film consultant: Det Danske Filminstitut
Max Lundgren ... translator: screenplay
Vibeke Mathiesen ... production secretary
Klas Olofsson ... film consultant: Svenska Filminstitutet
Peter Poulsen ... film consultant: Det Danske Filminstitut
Majken Rude Nørup ... catering assistant
Nanna Simonsen ... caterer
Jacob Sylvest ... runner
Lis Lund ... public relations (uncredited)

Thanks

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Familien Andersen ... special thanks: Konsted
Claus Bjørn ... special thanks: museum assistant
Dennis Demandt ... special thanks
Børge Hinsch ... special thanks: estate owner
Ole Højrup ... special thanks: museum director
Thor Kure ... special thanks
Thormod Smith ... special thanks
Ege Stub ... special thanks
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Plot Summary

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 See more »
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Also Known As
  • Pelle Erövraren (Sweden)
  • Pelle the Conqueror (United States)
  • Pelle the Conqueror (World-wide, English title)
  • Pelle the Conqueror (Canada, English title)
  • Pelle the Conqueror (United Kingdom)
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  • 157 min
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Trivia Pelle Hvenegaard, who plays the leading part, is actually named after the title character himself. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Eventyret om dansk film 18: Nye perspektiver - 1970-1987 (1996). 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.
Lassefar: You get so well paid that children don't need...
Pelle: Don't need to work. They can play all day long.
Lassefar: [smiling] Yes.
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