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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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You never forget the taste of human flesh See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Quotes

Holger: [about sausages] I don't know if you can think of any greater humiliation than to be stuffed in your own arse.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Alene med en yndig pige
Written by Kai Normann Andersen and Børge Müller
Performed by Poul Reichhardt
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Excellent film that I can't write enough good stuff about it
6 May 2006 | by acleonSee all my reviews

Not entirely sure how I stumbled upon this movie, but I'm so glad I did. Initially, we were put off by the fact that it was subtitled, but even my dyslexic brother who hates to read (especially at the weekend) enjoyed this film. I found the script fantastic and the way it was delivered in such a dead-pan manner only added to the puddles of pee on my sofa. Not entirely sure whether it's quite so funny to the native Danish as the comedy seems to be enhanced by the tonelessness of the subtitles and the ambiguity of the translation. I haven't watched many Danish films (or any for that matter), but judging by this film I'm guessing they're not constrained by the same political correctness as elsewhere (gawd bless 'em) making the character of Eigel a breath of fresh air, because let's face it special needs are funny. There are so many great one-liners in this film it puts American sitcoms to shame.


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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

21 March 2003 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

The Green Butchers See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,483, 12 December 2004

Gross USA:

$3,783

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,783
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| (Ontario)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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