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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

Män som hatar kvinnor (original title)
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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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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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Country:

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:

SEK 18,014,459 (Sweden), 1 March 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$335,502, 21 March 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,095,170, 24 February 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,395,170
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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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Trivia

The motorcycle used by Lisbeth is a Husaberg, which is a Swedish brand. See more »

Goofs

The postage stamp at the beginning of the movie shows it is from Hong Kong. The Chinese characters on it are written in simplified Chinese script, rather than the traditional Chinese script used in Hong Kong (and Taiwan). 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Hjelp, vi er i filmbransjen (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Ljus I Varje Hjärta
Text and Music by Misen Groth (as Misen Groth)
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I hate to say it, but more rounded than Fincher's version
22 July 2012 | by UnknownRealmsDotNetSee all my reviews

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has been a worldwide phenomenon for a while now. In book form, the original film, and the Hollywood remake. It is a disturbing, yet riveting tale, as is the story behind the author who made it. While Fincher's version is visually and stylistically more striking, I feel this original Swedish film does a better job bringing the disturbing mystery to the silver screen. Structured much more fluidly than the Hollywood version, the mystery of a missing girl flows and develops slowly, dishing out red herrings and suspense with each turn (something lacking in the Fincher version). It also stays closer to the original title of the book (and theme) Men who Hate Women. In the end, this is a dark tale of what rape does to women and to the world. Not everyone's idea of 'entertainment,' but a thought-provoking mystery for those with strong stomachs.


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