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The Third Wave (2003)

Den tredje vågen (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 15 October 2003 (Sweden)
Johan Falk hasn't been working for over a year since he resigned from the police. Most of all he wants to move out to the countryside, but fate has a different thought.


Anders Nilsson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jakob Eklund ... Johan Falk
Irina Björklund ... Rebecca
Nicholas Farrell ... Devlin
Ben Pullen ... Kane
Marie Richardson ... Helén
Sylvester Groth ... Dauphin
Lennart Hjulström ... Sellberg
John Benfield ... Stevens
Robert Giggenbach ... Sorensen
Pierre Deny Pierre Deny ... Leblanc
Emmanuel Limal ... Rocca
Hanna Alsterlund Hanna Alsterlund ... Nina
Jacqueline Ramel ... Anja (as Jaqueline Ramel)
Joram Voelklein Joram Voelklein ... Van Nuys
Joep Sertons Joep Sertons ... Van Effen


In The Hague, Holland, the new chief of Europol Sellberg broadcasts a tough speech against the third wave of crimes in Europe, promising to suffocate the schemes of powerful criminals. He invites his former detective and friend Johan Falk for a meeting, with the intention to join him to his team. Meanwhile, the executive Rebecca accidentally opens one correspondence of her mate, Kane, and finds that he launders illegal money for European mobsters. When she decides to disclose her discoveries to Europol, her life is jeopardized by the associates of her boy-friend, but Rebecca is rescued by Johan, and they have to fight against the organized crime to save their lives and Johan's family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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En hel kontinent håller på att stjälas. An entire continent is being stolen


Action | Crime | Thriller


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Did You Know?


Stunt coordinator Stefan Kumberg fell 18 meters deep while checking out a stunt, his ropes teared. He needed six months for rehabilitation. Peter Lundberg acted as his substitute. See more »


When Rebecca is sitting on the ferry to Hoek van Holland, the green screen used for the window is reflected in the shiny table. See more »


Bodice: [Radio] We need a fucking hospital here!
Devlin: [Radio] Roger. And can we please use the proper procedure of language, over.
Bodice: [Radio] Fucking roger, out!
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Crazy Credits

"Dock INGET TACK till polisledningen i Göteborg som för tredje gången vägrat lyfta ett finger för att hjälpa oss. Tur att polishuset i Göteborg i övrigt är fyllt med samarbetsvilliga poliser..." Which translates roughly to: "But NO THANKS go to the police-management in Göteborg as they, for the third time, have been unwilling to lift a finger to help us. Lucky for us the police-houses of Göteborg are filled with cooperative officers..." See more »


Followed by Johan Falk: Tyst diplomati (2015) See more »

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Best in the trilogy
22 May 2004 | by thrixSee all my reviews

The top-budget Swedish movie of all time- "The third wave", with a budget of ~35 million SEK (errh some $4.5 million...) scores well for a Swedish action movie. It's predecessors is among the top of the later years' movies and "Third wave" continues the work of art. Jacob Eklund is as before excellent in his role as Johan Falk, we have a tight script and the plot is both interesting and somewhat applicable to reality. Of course there are some flaws, and the storyline gets a little messy at times, but overall I was very satisfied and I am happy that the capacity is there for making high-class movies although the budgets compared to US numbers are substantially smaller. it also proves that money does not equal quality. 8/10

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Release Date:

15 October 2003 (Sweden) See more »

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SEK34,000,000 (estimated)

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