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The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)

Flickan som lekte med elden (original title)
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As computer hacker Lisbeth and journalist Mikael investigate a sex-trafficking ring, Lisbeth is accused of three murders, causing her to go on the run while Mikael works to clear her name.

Director:

Daniel Alfredson

Writers:

Jonas Frykberg (screenplay), Stieg Larsson (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Nyqvist ... Mikael Blomkvist
Noomi Rapace ... Lisbeth Salander
Lena Endre ... Erika Berger
Peter Andersson ... Nils Bjurman
Michalis Koutsogiannakis Michalis Koutsogiannakis ... Dragan Armanskij
Annika Hallin ... Annika Giannini
Sofia Ledarp Sofia Ledarp ... Malin Erikson
Jacob Ericksson ... Christer Malm
Reuben Sallmander ... Enrico Giannini
Yasmine Garbi ... Miriam Wu
Ralph Carlsson ... Gunnar Björk
Georgi Staykov Georgi Staykov ... Alexander Zalachenko
Hans Christian Thulin Hans Christian Thulin ... Dag Svensson (as Hans-Christian Thulin)
Jennie Silfverhjelm Jennie Silfverhjelm ... Mia Bergman
Per Oscarsson ... Holger Palmgren

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Storyline

Mikael Blomkvist, publisher of Millennium magazine, has made his living exposing the crooked and corrupt practices of establishment Swedish figures. So when a young journalist approaches him with a meticulously researched thesis about sex trafficking in Sweden and those in high office who abuse underage girls, Blomkvist immediately throws himself into the investigation. Written by benmo

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Fight Fire With Fire See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal violence including a rape, some strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Boxer Paolo Roberto is featured as a character in the original novel and plays himself in the movie. This is quite possibly only the fourth time in film and literature that this has happened. Previously, Richard Kiley was the tour guide voice in the movie Jurassic Park (1993), having been identified as such in Michael Crichton's novel. Lady Chablis played herself in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) after being a character in the original non-fiction book by John Berendt. Finnish painter Kimmo Kaivanto played himself in Farewell, Mr. President (1987) after being a character in the original novel by Pentti Kirstilä. See more »

Goofs

When Lisbeth is in the Caribbean early in the movie, she has the tail of the dragon tattoo coming down below her tan line. Later, when she is with Miriam Wu, the tail ends a couple of inches above her tan line. See more »

Quotes

Lisbeth Salander: I don't know why I didn't say goodbye.
Dragan Armanskij: You don't care about other people. You treat your friends like dirt, it's as simple as that.
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Featured in Charlie Rose: Episode dated 25 October 2010 (2010) See more »

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Calling You
Text & Music by Jacob Groth and Misen Groth (as Misen Groth)
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Satisfying central segment
24 October 2010 | by rogerdarlingtonSee all my reviews

This is the Swedish-language film adaptation of the second of the three "Millennium" crime novels by the Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson and it's really essential that one sees "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" first because vital themes are continued. Most middle segments of trilogies lack the bright originality of the first and the satisfying denouement of the last, but this one will certainly hold your attention until the girl kicks the hornet's nest.

In this central segment, Lisbeth Salander (the mesmerising Noomi Rapace) is much more central to the narrative and indeed she and investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) are only physically together for moments, although often in electronic communication and always in emotional connection.

The criminality being investigated by the "Millennium" team is more woman-hating in the form of sex trafficking and again the plot contains some surprises but this time the villains are reminiscent of Bond baddies like Blofeld and Jaws. The violence is not quite as stomach-churning as in the first episode, yet there's still plenty of bone-crunching, blood-splattering action. Lisbeth here is the most death-defying female avenger since The Bride in "Kill Bill Part 2".


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Country:

Sweden | Denmark | Germany

Language:

Swedish | Italian | English | French

Release Date:

27 August 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl Who Played with Fire See more »

Filming Locations:

Galé, Algarve, Portugal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$904,998, 11 July 2010

Gross USA:

$7,638,241

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,153,225
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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