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The Kingdom 

Riget (original title)
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Doctors at an ultramodern hospital in Denmark become convinced, by way of weird, inexplicable happenings, that the place is haunted.
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Series cast summary:
Ernst-Hugo Järegård ...  Stig Helmer 8 episodes, 1994-1997
Kirsten Rolffes Kirsten Rolffes ...  Sigrid Drusse 8 episodes, 1994-1997
Holger Juul Hansen Holger Juul Hansen ...  Einar Moesgaard / ... 8 episodes, 1994-1997
Søren Pilmark ...  Jørgen Krogshøj 8 episodes, 1994-1997
Ghita Nørby Ghita Nørby ...  Rigmor Mortensen 8 episodes, 1994-1997
Jens Okking ...  Bulder Harly Drusse 8 episodes, 1994-1997
Otto Brandenburg Otto Brandenburg ...  Hansen 8 episodes, 1994-1997
Baard Owe ...  Palle Bondo 8 episodes, 1994-1997
Birgitte Raaberg Birgitte Raaberg ...  Judith Petersen 8 episodes, 1994-1997
Peter Mygind ...  Morten 'Mogge' Moesgaard 8 episodes, 1994-1997
Vita Jensen Vita Jensen ...  Opvasker #1 8 episodes, 1994-1997
Morten Rotne Leffers Morten Rotne Leffers ...  Opvasker #2 8 episodes, 1994-1997
Udo Kier ...  Age Krüger / ... 8 episodes, 1994-1997
Holger Perfort Holger Perfort ...  Professor Ulrich 8 episodes, 1994-1997
Laura Christensen ...  Mona Jensen / ... 8 episodes, 1994-1997
Ole Boisen ...  Christian 8 episodes, 1994-1997
Ruth Junker Ruth Junker ...  Opvasker #1 8 episodes, 1994-1997
Peter Gilsfort Peter Gilsfort ...  Opvasker #2 8 episodes, 1994-1997
Ulrik Cold ...  Narrator 8 episodes, 1994-1997
Søren Elung Jensen Søren Elung Jensen ...  Læge 8 episodes, 1994-1997
Louise Fribo Louise Fribo ...  Sanne 7 episodes, 1994-1997
Paul Hüttel Paul Hüttel ...  Steenbæk 7 episodes, 1994-1997
Klaus Wegener Klaus Wegener ...  Skadestuelæge 7 episodes, 1994-1997
Annette Ketscher Annette Ketscher ...  Skadestuesygeplejerske / ... 7 episodes, 1994-1997
Mette Munk Plum Mette Munk Plum ...  Monas mor 7 episodes, 1994-1997
Julie Wieth Julie Wieth ...  Sygeplejerske ved Mona / ... 6 episodes, 1994-1997
Birte Tove ...  Sygeplejerske på neurokirurgisk 6 episodes, 1994-1997
Solbjørg Højfeldt ...  Camilla 6 episodes, 1994-1997
Erik Wedersøe Erik Wedersøe ...  Ole / ... 5 episodes, 1994-1997
Henning Jensen ...  Bob 5 episodes, 1994-1997
Annevig Schelde Ebbe Annevig Schelde Ebbe ...  Mary Krüger 5 episodes, 1994-1997
Tomas Stender Tomas Stender ...  Medicinstuderende / ... 5 episodes, 1994-1997
Claus Nissen Claus Nissen ...  Jensen 5 episodes, 1994-1997
Birthe Neumann Birthe Neumann ...  Fru Svendsen / ... 4 episodes, 1997
John Hahn-Petersen John Hahn-Petersen ...  Nivesen 4 episodes, 1997
Søren Lenander Søren Lenander ...  Vagt 4 episodes, 1994
Michael Simpson Michael Simpson ...  Dyrepasser i dyrelaboratoriet / ... 4 episodes, 1994-1997
Evald Krog Evald Krog ...  Lillebror 4 episodes, 1997
Lise Schrøder Lise Schrøder ...  Sygeplejerske / ... 4 episodes, 1994-1997
Henrik Koefoed Henrik Koefoed ...  Læge ved CTR-skanner 4 episodes, 1994
Mette Marckmann Mette Marckmann ...  Ung sygeplejerske 4 episodes, 1994
Bente Eskesen Bente Eskesen ...  Sygeplejerske på neurokirurgisk 3 episodes, 1994
Dorit Stender Petersen Dorit Stender Petersen ...  Sygeplejerske / ... 3 episodes, 1997
Cecilie Brask Cecilie Brask ...  Kvinde i terapi 3 episodes, 1997
Benny Hansen Benny Hansen ...  Chauffør i radioen / ... 3 episodes, 1994
Nis Bank-Mikkelsen Nis Bank-Mikkelsen ...  Hospitalspræst / ... 3 episodes, 1994-1997
Müslie Müslie ...  Bongo 3 episodes, 1994
Helle Virkner Helle Virkner ...  Emma Mogensen / ... 3 episodes, 1994-1997
Lars Lunøe Lars Lunøe ...  Sundhedsminister 3 episodes, 1994-1997
Peter Hartmann Peter Hartmann ...  Flyttemand 3 episodes, 1997
Tine Miehe-Renard Tine Miehe-Renard ...  Natsygeplejerske 3 episodes, 1997
Dick Kaysø Dick Kaysø ...  Vagtmester 2 episodes, 1994
Michelle Bjørn-Andersen Michelle Bjørn-Andersen ...  Børnelæge 2 episodes, 1997
Finn Nielsen Finn Nielsen ...  Madsen 2 episodes, 1994
Else Petersen Else Petersen ...  Patient på Ellens stue 2 episodes, 1994
Henrik Fiig Henrik Fiig ...  Trafikoffer 2 episodes, 1997
Klaus Pagh Klaus Pagh ...  Stævningsmand 2 episodes, 1997
Kim Jansson Kim Jansson ...  Betjent Jensen 2 episodes, 1997
Thomas Bo Larsen ...  Falken 2 episodes, 1997
Claus Flygare ...  Betjent Nielsen 2 episodes, 1997
Steen Svare Steen Svare ...  Hospitalsansat 2 episodes, 1997
Ole Dupont ...  Læge / ... 2 episodes, 1994-1997


The Kingdom is the most technologically advanced hospital in Denmark, a gleaming bastion of medical science. A rash of uncanny occurrences, however, begins to weaken the staff's faith in science--a phantom ambulance pulls in every night, but disappears; voices echo in the elevator shaft; and a pregnant doctor's fetus seems to be developing much faster than is natural. At the goading of a spiritualist patient, some employees work to let supernatural forces rest. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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A baptism of fear awaits you at... THE KINGDOM


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Danish | Swedish

Release Date:

24 November 1994 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

The Kingdom II See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »


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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stephen King developed a 13-episode mini-series based on Riget, under the title Kingdom Hospital (2004), which was broadcast in 2004. The plot retained many of the elements of Riget, transferring the location of the hospital to Lewiston, Maine and placing it on the site of a mill built before the Civil War. Many of the characters derived their names from the Danish original (e.g., Sigrid Drusse became Sally Druse and Stig Helmer became Dr. Stegman). A significant difference in the American series was the introduction of a talking giant anteater character in the role of spirit guide/death/Anubis/Antubis. See more »


Helmer procures hot coffee, and enters the archive. Mogge returns, with Krogshøj, and they lock Helmer in - he's left standing with a cup of scalding coffee - he can't move with setting off the infra-red alarm sensors. He's left, statue-like, staring at his cup of steaming liquid. Cut to Drusse and Bulder. She says she has to perform a seance for some doctors, and tells Bulder that in 1 hour, they are to attempt to enter the archive. When they get there, they inadvertently liberate Helmer, who casts away his cup of still scalding, yet hour-old coffee. See more »


Bondo: I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that I can't prove anything.
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Alternate Versions

For the UK release, 5 seconds were cut from the fourth episode ("The Living Dead") where Rigmor shoots rats with a pistol. The footage was cut under the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act of 1937, which forbids the depiction of cruelty to animals. See more »


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Quite possibly the best TV series ever
25 December 2006 | by MrVibratingSee all my reviews

Von Trier's Riget is his playground. It's fun watching and you can sense it was fun making. The cast all give top-notch performances, which is rare if there is only money involved. The directing is inspired and ambitious and best of all, it works, hand camera and all.

Riget is also a tour-de-force for Ernst-Hugo, a man who left my home town in his youth never to return. His cynical, out-of-his depth, partly incompetent and totally danophobic Swede Stig-Helmer is one of the funniest and best-played characters I've ever seen. He dominates every scene he's in, and his monologues on top of the hospital are priceless.

The rest of the cast do their best to overshine Jähregård, and they're not far behind. Krogshöj, Stig-Helmers nemesis, is really memorable, with a really unsettling gaze. Fru Drusse, played by Kirsten Rolffes, is another great character, utterly believable and also very funny. Then there's Bulder, Rigmor, the incompetent hospital director Moesgaard and his love-sick medical-student son, the mongoloid dish-washers, the elderly gentlemen of the secret society, and so on and so on.

The plot is a simple ghost hunt thing, nothing special. It's the quirks and the characters that move Riget forward. In four hours time, not a lot has happened on a larger scale, but you will still be sorting through all the details.

Riget is the concrete evidence that the Danish movie culture is superior to the Swedish. One can only hope we will ever produce something as great as this.

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