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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 »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,110, 5 November 1995

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character name Stig Helmer, played by Ernst-Hugo Järegård, is taken from the name of the character Stig-Helmer Olsson (portrayed by Lasse Åberg) which is the protagonist in the long running Swedish comedy movie series of "Sällskapsresan" (Sällskapsresan eller Finns det svenskt kaffe på grisfesten (1980) & Snowroller - Sällskapsresan II (1985)) during the 80's and 90's. The character Stig-Helmer Olsson is the epitome of Swedish dullness and strictness, which is somewhat parallel to the character of Stig Helmer as an unsympathetic Swede. 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 »


Lars von Trier: Next time, prepare to take the good with the evil.
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Alternate Versions

The series was released in some territories in a five-episode version, with each episode running approximately 50 minutes. This is the version available on video in the UK and Canada. See more »

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Cannot give this any more praise
16 December 2001 | by AdFinSee all my reviews

Acclaimed director Lars Von Trier came to Riget (The Kingdom) after the failure of his film Europa (1991) and some trouble with his personal life, weather these contrasting elements had anything to do with the set up of the story of the Kingdom is unknown, but it might explain the playfulness of the film. This was the first time that von Trier would use the documentary-style approach he continued in his Dogme film The Idiots (1998) and with this project it worked wonders at enriching the source material with a certain satire. We except straight away that these bizarre occurrences are actually happening in the largest hospital in Denmark (The Kingdom of the title) and we have no reason to doubt it. As well as visual style, the characterisation is also good, Von Trier and fellow writers Tomas Gíslason and Niels Vørsel understand that we need to be interested in the characters of a TV show if we are to follow them for the duration of the series, and the characters in The Kingdom are no exception. We have at the focus of the action Dr Helmer played by the late Ernst-Hugo Järegård, a Swede with a troubled past who despises the hospital and it's practices, his recurring catchphrase "Bloody Danes" is a memorable addition to the proceedings. But more importantly is the character of Mrs Drusse (Kirsten Rolffes), the Ms Marple type character who's strange visions of the ghostly young Mary set the ball rolling. All of the actors are perfectly cast and have a great time mixing the surreal horror with the more comedic moments. Having seen both series of the Kingdom, I would say that series two is much better, perhaps because by this time we have a better grasp on the characters, but that by no way means that series one isn't just as good, let's not forget just how important a stepping stone it is. With this one Von Trier and co-director Morten Arnfred created a modern TV masterpiece. 10/10

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