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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 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


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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Comedy | Drama

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Svend: I don't feel like seeing a lot of people right now.
Bjarne: Then don't go into the cooler.
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Referenced in De grønne slagtere - en virkelig god marinade (2003) See more »


Ewig war ich
from "Siegfried"
Written by Richard Wagner (as Ricard Wagner)
Sonoton Music GmbH
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How much do you trust your local butcher...?
25 May 2013 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

"De Grønne Slagtere" (aka "The Green Butchers") is a great Danish comedy that has a twist of very dark humor to it. Why? Well, because the movie has some really hilarious characters in it, and also the storyline is very bizarre - about two misfit butchers who open up a store and become famous for their meat, human meat that is.

There is a lot of funny situations in the movie, many of which are really well carried and delivered by both Mads Mikkelsen (playing Svend) and Nikolaj Lie Kaas (playing Bjarne and Eigil). These are, of course, the main driving force in the movie, but they are well accompanied and supported by people such as Ole Thestrup (playing Holger).

The movie is set in a small town in Denmark, and it actually depicts such a community quite well, well aside from the murdering and turning corpses into food, of course. The movie does have a cannibalistic topic to it, but it addresses this with a great sense of humor, and that ghastly topic is not really the main issue for the storyline. So thumbs up for director Anders Thomas Jensen for managing to pull this movie off as nicely as he did.

"De Grønne Slagtere" is definitely a comedy that is well worth checking out if you enjoy comedies that are supported by a bizarre and twisted storyline. I warmly recommend "De Grønne Slagtere".

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Release Date:

21 March 2003 (Denmark) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,483, 12 December 2004

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2.35 : 1
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