7.4/10
30,202
56 user 77 critic

Pusher (1996)

Not Rated | | Crime, Thriller | 30 August 1996 (Denmark)
Trailer
2:00 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Pusher II (2004)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Tony is released from prison - again. This time he has his mind set on changing his broken down life, but that is easier said than done.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Leif Sylvester, Anne Sørensen
Pusher III (2005)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Milo tries to be a family man and run his criminal organization but a wrong drug shipment endangers everything.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Stars: Zlatko Buric, Marinela Dekic, Slavko Labovic
Bleeder (1999)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two stories for the price of one: Lenny works in a video shop and tries to get aquainted with the waitress Lea. Leo beats his pregnant wife, Louise, which is a VERY bad idea, as her brother, Louis, is a violent racist.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Stars: Kim Bodnia, Mads Mikkelsen, Rikke Louise Andersson
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Forced for some time to be a fighting slave, a pagan warrior escapes his captors with a boy and joins a group of Crusaders on their quest to the Holy Land.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Maarten Stevenson, Alexander Morton
Fear X (2003)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When his wife is killed in a seemingly random incident Harry (Turturro), prompted by mysterious visions, journeys to discover the true circumstances surrounding her murder.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Stars: John Turturro, Deborah Kara Unger, Stephen Eric McIntyre
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two brothers, one cold and ruthless, the other sensitive and reluctant, and their brutal misadventures.

Director: Lasse Spang Olsen
Stars: Kim Bodnia, Dejan Cukic, Nikolaj Lie Kaas
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm
Pusher (2010)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A desperate drug-pusher must avoid police, and find money to pay-off a huge debt.

Director: Assad Raja
Stars: Assad Raja, Mahima Chaudhry, Marc Anwar
Bronson (2008)
Action | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young man who was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending three decades in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter-ego, Charles Bronson.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Stars: Tom Hardy, Kelly Adams, Luing Andrews
Pusher I (2012)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In London, a street dealer's life spins out of control over the course of one week after he borrows money from his supplier on what's supposed to be a sure thing.

Director: Luis Prieto
Stars: Richard Coyle, Bronson Webb, Agyness Deyn
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The last wish of the dying "Monk" is for his foster child, Harald, to find his real son, Ludvig. But the latter is currently in a Swedish prison cell. Peter and Martin - the two chefs - ... See full summary »

Director: Lasse Spang Olsen
Stars: Kim Bodnia, Torkel Petersson, Tomas Villum Jensen
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Svend and Bjarne work for a butcher in a small Danish town. Fed up with their boss' arrogance, they decide to start their own butcher shop. After dismal beginnings, an unfortunate accident ... See full summary »

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen
Stars: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Mads Mikkelsen, Line Kruse
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Bodnia ... Frank
Zlatko Buric ... Milo
Laura Drasbæk ... Vic
Slavko Labovic Slavko Labovic ... Radovan
Mads Mikkelsen ... Tonny
Peter Andersson ... Hasse
Vasilije Bojicic Vasilije Bojicic ... Branko (as Vanja Bajicic)
Lisbeth Rasmussen Lisbeth Rasmussen ... Rita
Levino Jensen ... Mike
Thomas Bo Larsen ... Junkie
Lars Bom Lars Bom ... Uro'er
Michael Hasselflug Michael Hasselflug ... Uro'er
Nicolas Winding Refn ... Brian (as Jang Go Star)
Jesper Lohmann ... Mikkel
Steen Fridberg Steen Fridberg ... Lasse
Edit

Storyline

Frank is a drug pusher on the roll until he makes a huge deal with dope that he hasn't paid for and he gets busted by the police. He manages to dump the dope in a nearby lake but he owes his supplier a lot of money (not a nice guy to owe money to). Now we follow Frank in his quest to raise money in the underworld of Copenhagen. Written by S. Lasborg <Lasborg@dk-online.dk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

You don't have a chance. Seize it! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish | Swedish | Serbian

Release Date:

30 August 1996 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Diler See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

DKK 6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,656, 9 May 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,440, 16 May 1999
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Balboa Entertainment See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Frank (Kim Bodnia) is in every scene of the movie, except the second-to-last scene. See more »

Goofs

When Frank enters the room and sits down next to sleeping Vic, he grabs her left leg and shakes it, but in the following shot, he drops her right leg. See more »

Quotes

Tonny: What's with you and Vic?
Frank: I'm fucking her.
Tonny: Is she "the one"?
Frank: No. She's a hooker. My girlfriend shouldn't be a hooker.
Tonny: Is she wild in bed?
Frank: Yeah, she's alright.
Tonny: Does she moan alot?
Frank: I'm not fucking telling you.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Til min onkel Peter Refn See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tusind former for frygt (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Knucklehead
by Bleeder
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

MEAN STREETS, Danish style
15 June 2006 | by Camera ObscuraSee all my reviews

PUSHER (Nicolas Winding Refn - Denmark 1996)

A genuinely original and completely fresh take on the gangster genre by first time Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, giving us an insight in the live of Frankie, a lowlife Copenhagen drug-pusher. The film follows his day-to-day pusher-routine during a crucial week in his life but in this particular week things go wrong, as he sets up a heroine deal with a former mate of him, that goes completely bust because the police was informed. He is arrested but is released soon. Problem is, he lost the drugs AND a lot of money and now owes big time to one of the most dangerous criminals in town, a Balkan low-life Yugoslav mafia type, named Milo. Now he desperately tries to find money to repay him in what is very likely to be the last week of his life.

There must have been some buzz about this movie when it came out in 1996, but it completely passed me by. Luckily I managed to catch up at the 2006 International Film Festival Rotterdam when hordes of people were attending a screening of the complete Pusher-trilogy ( a bit too much for me at the time, it was sold out anyway). At the same time, Nicolas Winding Refn, was giving an intriguing interview for quite a huge crowd. He had a very dry sense of humor and a scene from MEAN STREETS by Martin Scorsese was shown as his main inspiration for this film, so it stuck with me and I simply had to see it for myself.

A tense, exciting storyline, executed in a raw almost documentary-like fashion with a hand-held camera, this film grabs you by the collar and never lets go once it's gets going. Not for the squeamish though, as the sometimes very violent and intense confrontations come very unexpected. Kim Bodnia, who was equally outstanding in NATTEVAGTEN (1994) is exceptionally good. His character, Frank, doesn't invoke much sympathy, but somehow he manages to make his character very much alive and even touching at times. The rest of the cast is equally good with some truly extraordinary performances.

Camera Obscura --- 9/10


27 of 32 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 56 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed