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The Green Butchers (2003)

De grønne slagtere (original title)
2 Danish friends are tired of their employer and open their own butcher shop. An electrician accidentally dies in the freezer and he's sold as marinated chicken and business picks up. What happens when they run out of "chicken"?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Bjarne / Eigil
Mads Mikkelsen ... Svend
Line Kruse Line Kruse ... Astrid
Ole Thestrup Ole Thestrup ... Holger
Bodil Jørgensen Bodil Jørgensen ... Tina
Aksel Erhardtsen Aksel Erhardtsen ... Pastor Villumsen (as Aksel Erhardsen)
Lily Weiding Lily Weiding ... Fru Juhl
Nicolas Bro ... Hus Hans
Camilla Bendix Camilla Bendix ... Beate
Elsebeth Steentoft Elsebeth Steentoft ... Ingrid Grith
Kjeld Nørgaard Kjeld Nørgaard ... Leif Larsen (as Keld Nørgaard)
Peter Reichhardt Peter Reichhardt ... Levnedsmiddelkontrollen
Kristian Halken Kristian Halken ... Levnedsmiddelkontrollen
Lars Ranthe Lars Ranthe ... Levnedsmiddelkontrollen
Mikkel Vadsholt Mikkel Vadsholt ... Elektriker
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Storyline

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 happens which coincides with a large order of meat. One hasty decision leads to another and soon the business thrives. In the meantime, Bjarne has to deal with his twin brother who has been in coma for years following a gruesome car accident. Written by Piotr Zembrowski

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Rated R for language, disturbing images and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

21 March 2003 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Les bouchers verts See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,483, 12 December 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,483, 12 December 2004
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| (Ontario)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Eigil: Give him this. A little squirrel
[Handing Svend a hippo toy figure]
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Connections

Featured in De grønne slagtere - en virkelig god marinade (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Ewig war ich
from "Siegfried"
Written by Richard Wagner (as Ricard Wagner)
Sonoton Music GmbH
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Best "foreign" film I've ever seen!!
30 July 2005 | by johnnyb6202See all my reviews

Many Americans are lazy, and this has manifested itself even in our DVD-watching. Many of us don't like to take the time to read an hour-and-a-half (or more) of subtitles, so we choose not to see many foreign films. One film that is TOTALLY worth your time, no matter how mundane a task you might think the subtitle-reading is, however, is "The Green Butchers." It's by far the best foreign film I've ever seen, and tops many American films I've seen lately as well. It's a complex situation told in a remarkably simple and funny dialogue. The character depth derived in this film is AMAZING. The way Svend and Eigel (sorry if those are spelled wrong) feed off each other's contrasting personas is downright spectacular! The actors were well-cast, and I'm very much hoping that a sequel is in consideration...it needs very little of Bjorne and what's-her-face...just give me Svend and Eigel on some sort of journey with supporting characters and more amazing dialogue! To the author of this fine screenplay, I say: Write more! The story itself is rather twisted, but you'll find yourself rooting for the bad guy anyhow...with no remorse. PLEASE check this movie out!


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