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King's Game (2004)

Kongekabale (original title)
Not Rated | | Thriller | 1 October 2004 (Denmark)
Election for the Danish parliament is up and the main opposition party has a chance at winning and its leader at becoming the next prime minister. The leader is hospitalized and the scheming begins.


Nikolaj Arcel


Nikolaj Arcel (screenplay), Rasmus Heisterberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anders W. Berthelsen Anders W. Berthelsen ... Ulrik Torp
Søren Pilmark ... Erik Dreier Jensen
Nastja Arcel Nastja Arcel ... Lone Kjeldsen
Nicolas Bro ... Henrik Moll
Lars Mikkelsen ... Peter Schou
Ulf Pilgaard Ulf Pilgaard ... Gunnar Torp
Charlotte Munck ... Mette Torp
Lars Brygmann ... Mads Kjeldsen
Helle Fagralid ... Signe Jonsen
Jesper Langberg Jesper Langberg ... Aksel Bruun
Jens Jørn Spottag ... Per Vestgaard
Kurt Ravn ... John Erhardsen
Bjarne Henriksen ... Bo Andersen
Nicolaj Kopernikus ... Søren Agergaard
Clara Maria Bahamondes Clara Maria Bahamondes ... Julie Torp


Three weeks before general elections, the leader of one of the country's largest parties, the Center Party, is involved in a severe car accident. The political scene is thrown into disarray. At the same time, young, ambitious journalist, Ulrik Torp, is given the opportunity of a life time and made Dagbladet's correspondent in Parliament. Before long, Ulrik gets caught up in a ruthless struggle for power headed by the party's two successors to the leadership, chairman Erik Dreier and spokesman Lone Kjeldsen. Ulrik barely geets to dip his toes in the water, before all hell breaks loose. Speculation in the press and calculated lies fuel the controversy at great personal cost to many of the people involved. Ulrik slowly uncovers a cynical plot that involves the country's incumbent Prime Minister. He becomes obsessed with learning the truth. But no one will listen to him, be it politicians or colleagues in the press corps, and as election day draws near, Ulrik has to face the power elite ... Written by Anonymous

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The novel on which this is based, Niels Krause-Kjær's "Kongekabale", was written shortly after the writer quit his job as spin-doctor for the Conservative party in Denmark. During his employment at the party it went through a power struggle between two different wings of the party. It is generally thought that this power struggle is the inspiration for the novel. See more »


Ulrik Torp: What does a 22 year old guy want most in the whole world?
Henrik Moll: I don't know... pussy?
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Alternate Versions

Aired on Danish TV in 2007 in a three-episode mini series version with new editing and new scenes. See more »


Referenced in Kongekabale - Sandheden om filmen (2004) See more »


King's Suite
Composed by Mads Storm
Performed by Mads Storm
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A Typical Thriller, But ... Danish ?
11 October 2004 | by DanielClausenSee all my reviews

This is one of the movies that you see hundreds of from the big movie-mekka, Hollywood... But in the last couple of years, danish movies have improved radically, and producers abroad has gotten an eye open towards danish actors, producers, directors and so on and so forward... But most of our big hits have been comedies and action-movies, and almost always with an actor by the name of Kim Bodnia in the leading role... But now it's time to introduce the first danish thriller since Nattevagten (Nightwatch, as the American replicant of it is called), Kongekabale...

The movie is based on a book by the same name, and the book is loosely based on a true story - with rewritten names and so on and so forward... The book got great reviews, and so did the movie... And it's just...

I went to the cinema to watch the movie, as I read the book a couple of months ago and wanted to see if the movie could live up to the suspense of the book... And it does...

With Søren Pilmark as the mean politician, who seems to be involved in all the mysterious happenings, and Anders W. Berthelsen as the nosey reporter, who smells something is wrong, we've got two of Denmarks best actors to ensure us of a good evening spend in front of the screen... Søren Pilmark, who is well-known for his comic-talent, shows a dark side of himself and delivers a GREAT performance... Anders W. Berthelsen, who got his real breakthrough this spring with a leading role in the danish drama-series Krøniken, shows a more progressive side of himself, and it suits him just as fine as the shy guy he is known for...

With all this said, I can't say nothing else that:

Go see the movie - it can easily live up to similar Hollywood-movies...

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