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Against the Odds (1995)

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Maverick pilot must learn to live with disability.


Mikael Ruttkay Hylin (as Mikael Hylin)


Rolf Börjlind (screenplay), San Malmström (screenplay in collaboration with) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Hanzon ... Patrik
Camilla Lundén ... Mia
Marika Lagercrantz ... Karin
Mats Långbacka Mats Långbacka ... Kjell
Suzanne Reuter ... Gunilla
Peter Andersson ... Henrik
Polki Nordström Polki Nordström ... Lövis
Martina Haag ... Tove (as Martina Uusma)
Per Grytt Per Grytt ... Kalle
Peter Gardiner Peter Gardiner ... Martin
Erika Höghede Erika Höghede ... Cecilia
Patrik Larsson Patrik Larsson ... Uffe
Viktoria Tolstoy Viktoria Tolstoy ... Viktoria Tolstoy
Iwa Boman ... Dr. Lindevall
Fredrik Hammar Fredrik Hammar ... Manager


Patrik is an air force pilot, one of the most daring and promising. However, while diving he breaks his spine and is paralyzed from the waist and down. His anger and self pity know no bounds and he ultimately breaks up from his girlfriend Mia. But a new therapist tries to help him to accept that there are other things in life than being a maverick pilot with an attitude. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

27 October 1995 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Born to Fly See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | DTS


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Referenced in The Voice of Bergman (1997) See more »


Allting hon gjorde med mig
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Swedish Airforce looking for an opening
20 October 2006 | by paaskynenSee all my reviews

This film can be seen as one in a series starting in 1941 with Första Divisionen, in which pilots from a dive-bomber squadron were the protagonists and the film served as propaganda for the Swedish Airforce. In 1954 Gula Divisionen performed the same function during the golden age of the Swedish Airforce with much aerial acrobatics featuring the SAAB Tunnan jet. Thus for every era the Airforce sought to showcase its material on the big screen. In 1995 it was the turn of the SAAB Viggen fighter to be featured in the cinema, but since the cold war had ended there was no enemy in the background and therefore the screenplay focuses much more on the camaraderie and true grit of the Airforce pilots in face of personal hardships than on combat training. The first part of the film introduces a devil-may-care pilot and has some nice aerial shots of the Viggen in action, but the second part of the film focuses on the personal battle fought by the pilot after a debilitating accident. It is nothing you haven't seen before in different other movies, but it is not badly done.

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