A journalist is aided by a young female hacker in his search for the killer of a woman who has been dead for forty years.

Director:

Niels Arden Oplev

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Nyqvist ... Mikael Blomkvist
Noomi Rapace ... Lisbeth Salander
Lena Endre ... Erika Berger
Sven-Bertil Taube ... Henrik Vanger
Peter Haber ... Martin Vanger
Peter Andersson ... Nils Bjurman
Marika Lagercrantz ... Cecilia Vanger
Ingvar Hirdwall ... Dirch Frode
Björn Granath ... Gustav Morell
Ewa Fröling ... Harriet Vanger
Michalis Koutsogiannakis Michalis Koutsogiannakis ... Dragan Armanskij
Annika Hallin ... Annika Giannini
Sofia Ledarp Sofia Ledarp ... Malin Eriksson
Tomas Köhler Tomas Köhler ... Plague (as Thomas Köhler)
David Dencik ... Janne Dahlman

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Storyline

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle suspects murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history; but, the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves. Written by Music Box Films

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A Missing Girl. A Brutal Murder. An Unsolved Mystery. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content including rape, grisly images, sexual material, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When having dinner at Martin Vanger's house, Mikael is offered a 21-year-old whiskey. This is a Bushmills 21-year-old single malt, the oldest Irish single malt whiskey available as of the movie's release. See more »

Goofs

When Lisbeth Salander is sending her encrypted mail to Plague, the screen shows "decrypting" instead of "encrypting". See more »

Quotes

Lisbeth Salander: [tattooing Bjurman] I've never done this before. Hold still, or it'll get messy.
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Alternate Versions

Extended/TV version runs 30 min. longer and has its aspect ratio changed to 1.78:1. See more »


Soundtracks

Rabbits In Russia
Kenneth Bager
Music by Kenneth Bager / M. Pfundheller / Jonas Krag
EMI Music Publishing
Licensed from Music For Dreams
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Great Swedish thriller
4 March 2009 | by kovvanSee all my reviews

This film was very well-made with superb cinematography. The actors all portray their respective characters perfectly, although Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander, Michael Nyqvist as Michael Blomkvist and Sven-Bertil Taube as Hanrik Vanger deserve a special mentioning. They are all very likable and believable.

The films story is very exciting and puzzling (for those that haven't read the book) and the pace is steady with some really tense situations. The investigation part of the story is excellent. Although it is 2.5 hours long it is never boring.

The soundtrack was also very fitting and helped to set the mood of the film. This is far above any other Scandinavian thriller production, and I look forward to the rest of the films/series.

I recommend it to anyone!


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Sweden | Denmark | Germany | Norway

Language:

Swedish | English

Release Date:

30 April 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$335,502, 21 March 2010

Gross USA:

$10,095,170

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,414,200
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended) | (Extended Version) (Part 1 & 2)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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