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Mad Ship (2013)

A poor young Scandinavian immigrant couple winds up in Canada in search of prosperity, but the hardship of the Great Depression takes a toll in a way they never feared when they went in search of the dream.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Tomas Sorenson
Gil Bellows ... Archie Cameron
Line Verndal Line Verndal ... Solveig Sorenson
Gage Munroe ... Petter Sorenson
Martha Burns ... Judith Cameron
Lane Styles ... Liv Sorenson
Aidan Devine ... Edmund
Rachel Blanchard ... Adeline
Darren Felbel Darren Felbel ... Store Owner
Nancy Drake Nancy Drake ... Ruby
Cory Wojcik Cory Wojcik ... Police Officer
Blane Cypurda ... Donald
Karl Thordarson ... Shantytown Father
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During the Great Depression, the Sorenson family - father Tomas, mother Solveig, their adolescent son Petter and their infant daughter Liv - live on the Canadian prairies, specifically Manitoba, to where they emigrated from their Norwegian homeland. Solveig didn't really want to emigrate fearing never seeing her father again, but Tomas convinced her that there was arable land for the taking in America, on which they could carve out a better life than they had in Norway. But two years of drought during the crucial growing season while trying to farm in Manitoba have left them in a financial bind, with a large debt owing to the bank. One final natural disaster on top of the drought is enough for Tomas to concede that he must find work elsewhere. While Solveig wants them to go back to Norway, Tomas knows they don't have enough money for the passage. So Tomas leaves Solveig, Petter and Liv on the farm by themselves while he goes to look for work. The situation leaves Solveig to deal with ... Written by Huggo

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18 December 2013 (Denmark) See more »

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Madship See more »

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Selkirk, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Solveig's Song
from the opera "Peer Gynt"
Composed by Edvard Grieg
Vocal Performed by Kirsten Flagstad
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When the chips are down, you find who your real friends are.
11 December 2013 | by Tom WhiteSee all my reviews

Fundamental life lessons abound in this very well done film. Many of the foundations of modern American society were still being defined during this time. Created by and for banks, the Dust Bowl Days of the 1930's helped to define just how much power over our own destinies we were willing to give away and the consequences for doing it. But some things are today, very much as they were back then. Not a lot has changed in many respects and this film should serve as a reminder of just how easily lives can be torn apart. One last thing, the ending couldn't have been done any better! Very nice. But an even more appropriate title for this film might have been, 'Stolen Harvest.'


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