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The Boys from St. Petri (1991)

Drengene fra Sankt Petri (original title)
A group of school-mates form a resistance group in nazi-occupied Denmark.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomas Villum Jensen Tomas Villum Jensen ... Lars Balstrup
Morten Buch Jørgensen Morten Buch Jørgensen ... Gunnar Balstrup
Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Otto Hvidmann
Christian Grønvall Christian Grønvall ... Søren Brinck
Karl Bille Karl Bille ... Olaf 'Luffe' Juhl
Søren Hytholm Jensen Søren Hytholm Jensen ... Anders Møller
Joachim Knop ... Åge Terkilsen
Xenia Lach-Nielsen Xenia Lach-Nielsen ... Irene / Kor
Bent Mejding Bent Mejding ... Provst Johannes Balstrup
Helle Merete Sørensen Helle Merete Sørensen ... Fru Ingeborg Balstrup
Ida Nepper Ida Nepper ... Gerda Balstrup
Philip Zandén ... Jacob 'Rosen' Rosenheim
Solbjørg Højfeldt ... Fru Hvidmann
Tilde Maja Frederiksen Tilde Maja Frederiksen ... Lis Hvidmann
Amalie Ihle Alstrup Amalie Ihle Alstrup ... Kylle Hvidmann
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Storyline

In nazi-occupied Denmark, a group of school-mates form a gang devoted to resistance against the occupying forces, but they don't go any further than putting up posters and steeling German soldiers' helmets. But then Otto Hvidmann joins the group, and he knows how to get hold of guns. Soon the game turns deadly serious. Written by Barend

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Det begyndte som drengestreger. Pludselig var det alvor: Kammeratskabet, kærligheden - og krigen. (It began as pranks. Suddenly it was serious: The friendship, the love - and the war.)

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Drama | War

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Country:

Denmark | Sweden | Norway | Finland

Language:

Danish | German

Release Date:

11 October 1991 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boys from St. Petri See more »

Filming Locations:

Denmark See more »

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Budget:

DKK 25,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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At its release this was the second most expensive Danish production. See more »

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Not conceptual, but includes numerous actors present in Danish films and series today
29 October 2015 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

I was eager to see this film for a long time, as it is the 1st film role and breakthrough of one of the best contemporary Danish actors Nikolaj Lie Kaas. Appearance-wise, he has not changed much, and his distinctive performance was noticeable back then already (for being Otto, he won two important awards in Denmark). Pity and odd, that other young performers have not become so famous (apart from that Tomas Villum Jensen who played Lars Balstrup, the leading character, has turned into talented film-maker). But as for them playing adult roles, we see them still in the most famous Danish series today: Bent Mejding, Helle Merete Sørensen, Morten Suurballe...

As regards the script - based on real events - I had somewhat higher expectations. At times, it lacks evenness and contains scenes not providing additional value. Sometimes German occupiers seem just evil teachers to play pranks with, thus the motifs to begin with sabotage is somewhat vague - as German occupation in Denmark was rather mild in comparison with other countries. The ending could have been less trivial as well.

Nevertheless, Drengene fra Sankt Petri is a more-than-okay film, and it a must for admirers of NLK's talents; there, it all began...


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