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The Stockholm Syndrome (2003)

Norrmalmstorg (original title)
This is the true story of the failed bank robbery-cum-hostage taking in a bank at the square Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm, in September 1973. The Stockholm Syndrome is named after this incident.


Håkan Lindhé


Håkan Lindhé
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Torkel Petersson ... Janne (Jan Erik) Olsson
Shanti Roney ... Clark Olofsson
Melinda Kinnaman ... Kicki
Tova Magnusson ... Barbro (as Tova Magnusson-Norling)
Johan Widerberg ... Lasse
Tuva Novotny ... Lisa
Bengt Braskered Bengt Braskered ... Nisse (as Bengt Nilsson)
Marit Falk Marit Falk ... Kassörska
Donald Högberg Donald Högberg ... Wennergren
Ola Isedal Ola Isedal ... Persson
Niklas Falk Niklas Falk ... K-G Lönnroth
Göran Ragnerstam ... Sten Thunander
Örjan Landström Örjan Landström ... Martin Rydmark
Toni Wilkens Toni Wilkens ... Hallberg
Peter Wahlqvist Peter Wahlqvist ... Bertil Ejeroth


This is the true story of the failed bank robbery-cum-hostage taking in a bank at the square Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm, in September 1973. The Stockholm Syndrome is named after this incident.

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Release Date:

29 August 2003 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Stockholmssyndromet See more »

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SVT Drama See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The bank set is an exact duplicate of the original. The original safe-deposit boxes were found in an old barn, and even hostage taker Jan-Erik Olsson's old transistor radio was used. See more »


Remake of Clark (1977) See more »

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An accurate depiction of the infamous Norrmalmstorg robbery which gave birth to the term "Stockholm Syndrome".
3 January 2020 | by lizardjimsSee all my reviews

We've all heard the term "Stockholm Syndrome" in various, academic or not, contexts, though few of us know the event which named this particular psychological phenomenon. On 23 August 1973, a violent robbery took place in Kreditbanken at Norrmalstorg square in Stockholm, that's the reason why this phenomenon was originally called "Norrmalmstorg syndrome ("Norrmalmstorgssyndromet"). The perpetrator Jan-Erik Olsson, invaded the bank's premises with an automatic rifle in his hands, held four persons hostages and demanded three million dollars as well as the release of a prison inmate, named Clark Olofsson. Olsson knew Olofsson from his time in prison and considered him to be a close friend, more of a soulmate. The Swedish authorities decided to grant his wish, so Olofsson was transferred from the penitentiary he was held, in the bank where Olsson waited for him to share the ransom money and getaway. The four hostages, three women, and one man, all employees of the bank were held captive for five days in total (23-28 August) and ended with the two criminals surrendering to the Swedish Police.

"The Stockholm Syndrome" (original title: "Norrmalmstorg") focuses on the interaction between Olsson and Olofsson on one hand and the reactions of the hostages to the escalation of the situation throughout these horrible five days. We also take a glimpse into the workings of authorities who attempted to de-escalate the hostage crisis through various means. The director of this documentary-like movie, Håkan Lindhé (The Inner Circle, Show Me Love), interjects snippets of footage featuring the official announcements from the police and psychologists made at the time, while there is also a short statement by the Prime Minister of Sweden, the later assassinated Olof Palme, who was kept informed about the crisis every step on the way.

Lindhé portrays in a humane and rather sympathetic manner the two protagonists and the audience witnesses many discussions made between the robber and the hostages. In that way, he attempts to shine Olsson's and Olofsson's characters under a different light, avoiding any harsh judgments and moral didacticism. Both Torkel Petersson and Shanti Roney deliver solid performances as the two thugs having a heart and a conscience while there are more well-known actors in the main roles such as Melinda Kinnaman, Göran Ragnerstam and Tova Magnusson. Overall, The Stockholm Syndrome is a noteworthy movie which is also severely underrated by both audience and critics, and if you are interested in psychology and more specifically to the "Stockholm Syndrome" which is defined as "a condition which causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors during captivity" (Jameson, 2010). It should also be mentioned that the building of the bank is an exact duplicate of the original.

ENDING NOTE: There is also "Stockholm" (2018), by Robert Budreau starring Ethan Hawke and Noomi Rapace, which is loosely based on the notorious 1973 robbery.

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