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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.

Director:

Nikolaj Arcel

Writers:

Nikolaj Arcel (screenplay), Rasmus Heisterberg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Truth Or Spin?

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Thriller

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Trivia

During a talk at a Danish high school, movie director Nikolaj Arcel said that he ask Søren Pilmark not to talk or be nice to Anders W. Bertelsen during production, because it would improve the acting (the two characters are supposed to dislike each other, the one being superior to the other). This resulted in Anders W. Bertelsen being somewhat nervous and cautious around Søren Pilmark. When shooting was done Arcel told Anders W. Bertelsen all about the secret and the two actors became friends. See more »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Sean Bradley Reviews: The Dark Tower (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Lost You Forever
Composed by Ken Lending (as Kenn Lending)
Performed by Kenn Lending Blues Band
From the album Heartache Motel
Olufsen Records 1993 (DOC5114)
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A real Danish player in the political thriller category
2 August 2005 | by claes-bertilsonSee all my reviews

As with most Danish films of the last ten years the visual images are brilliant, the intrigue is impressive and the actors are very good.

But best of all is that the imagery of Kongkabale fits in well with the shady nature of politics suggested by the filmmakers. As a political thriller its right up there with The Contender, City Hall or All the Presidents Men (although you can't really argue against the shadiness in the final one). But Kongakabale reaches the real heights because it doesn't overplay corruption or evil and shows that no matter which side you might play for you will face ethical dilemmas.

The one criticism that one might have about this film is that one or two of the characters are perhaps overtly cynical but then even these few exceptions are definitely needed to take the story home.


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Country:

Sweden | Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

1 October 2004 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Den tredje makten See more »

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$35,436
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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