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Me and Charly (1978)

Mig og Charly (original title)
Steffen is picnicking with his girlfriend, daughter of a rich businessman, when he meets Charly - trying to steal Steffen's moped. Later they end up as BFFs despite the differences.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Jensen Kim Jensen ... Steffen
Allan Olsen Allan Olsen ... Charly
Helle Nielsen Helle Nielsen ... Majbritt / Steffen's girlfriend
Ghita Nørby Ghita Nørby ... Helle / Steffen's mother
Jens Okking ... Auto-Gunnar
Finn Nielsen Finn Nielsen ... Jørgen
Karl Stegger Karl Stegger ... Grill-bar mand
Lise Henningsen Lise Henningsen ... Majbritt's mor-mother
Erno Müller Erno Müller ... Forstander
Otto Brandenburg Otto Brandenburg ... Journalist
Ole Larsen Ole Larsen ... Gammel mand / Old man
Else Højgaard Else Højgaard ... Majbritt's farmor-grandmother (as Else Højgård)
Per Pallesen Per Pallesen ... Hans-Wilhelm
Johnny Olsen Johnny Olsen ... Room-mate
Annette Lindgren Annette Lindgren
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Storyline

Steffen is a good child, a teenager who recently finished school and is looking for a job. He lives at home with his journalist widowed mother, Helle. He comes with Majbritt, the daughter of one of the rich men in Silkeborg, where the story takes place. Charly is a Copenhagen mess already knows life's dark sides and is placed in a youth home outside the city. They meet when Charly is trying to steal Steffen's moped. It will be the start of a friendship that will be stronger than anything else. As the story concludes, Charly again gets mixed up in something and have to run away, and now Steffen gives him his moped. The friendship has been shown to outweigh Steffens compared to Majbritt and the upper class, she represents. Written by Ported from BellaBio.dk website

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

19 March 1978 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Ben ve Charly See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.77 : 1
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The movie had repremiere in 2018 to celebrate its 40 years. See more »

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Followed by Charly & Steffen (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Lidt Til Og Meget Mer'
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Music by Kasper Winding
Lyrics by C.V. Jørgensen
Performed by C.V. Jørgensen & Sanne Salomonsen
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Coming of age and bromance
28 October 2016 | by mgulevSee all my reviews

I first watched this movie right when it came out. At that time it was great and re-watching it took me back to those days. The movie captures the essence of the late 70's in Denmark and watching the movie in that perspective is certainly worthwhile. The clothes and hair-styles are unsurprisingly authentic, but so are the thoughts and emotions of the characters.

Steffen is an only teen-age child living with his mother, who smokes and drinks a little too much. He doesn't really know what to do with his life; he wants a job but not to any great degree. His days pass by with his attractive rich-family girlfriend until he meets Charly.

Charly is the odd-ball, happy-go-lucky character that tries to steal Steffens moped. They become unlikely friends and down the line, Steffen has to make choices between his girlfriend and Charly.

Apart from the setting, there are many aspects that are real to the 70's and aspects that are real to teenagers irrespective of which decade they live in.

On the bad side: I really don't think the acting is especially good. It was probably the best Denmark had to offer at that time, but by today's standards it falls noticeably short. The characters are superficial - the movie offers no insight to Steffens situation (how happy is he with his girlfriend? has he any realistic plans for the future? what is Charlys past? why did he end up at the institution?) There is very little character development. The movie ends but there is no climax or resolution of their problems.

So, with the good and the bad, the movie ends up with a "5" from me.


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