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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

14 cast members have also appeared in the Swedish "Wallander" series, including Lena Endre, who played Prosecutor Katarina Ahlsell in the second series. See more »

Goofs

When Mikael Blomkvist plays the slide show of the pictures taken of Harriet at the parade, the rate of which the pictures were taken is way too fast for a camera/photographer at the time. Motorized film cameras capable of continuous shooting didn't emerge until 1970. With a non-motorized film camera, shooting and winding the film at that rate is impossible. See more »

Quotes

Mikael Blomkvist: I would have never done it, Lisbeth, but I understand why you did. I don't know what you have experienced, but I was about to die in that cellar, and you saved my life. Whatever you have seen, you don't need to tell me. I'm just happy that you're here.
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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 Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.23 (2011) 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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A Worthy & Different Crime Mystery When Compared To American Films Of The Genre
13 September 2009 | by AudioFileZSee all my reviews

An intrigue fueled slow building thriller, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" is a refreshingly different take on the "whodunit" crime genre. This Swedish movie has loads of great cinematography, taking advantage of the beautiful Swedish country side as well as framing the eerie story. The principal characterizations are quite well suited by the cast who fit naturally in the roles they play with great realism. Like I have already noted this is a much different presentation as compared with American filmed crime thrillers. Even though this obviously has a well-funded budget it is grittier and less commercialized thus lending a realism over glossiness. The music score also adds quite a bit of ominous darkness.

I guess if you want to be overly critical you could punch a hole or two here or there, but I think this story comes off so most all viewers will ignore any inconsistencies in favor of the mysterious pieces which, eventually, add up, but not too fast – keeping the viewer invested and hoping to figure out how it may all end.

Though graphic at times, it isn't "porn-horror", "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" is a dark story where the unsettling pieces fit. I am fairly certain it will not be released in the US, but if you can see it do so as it is a well crafted and executed drama.


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