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The Salvation (2014)

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In 1870s America, the fury of a notorious gang leader is unleashed when a peaceful American settler avenges the death of his family. Then as his cowardly fellow townspeople betray him, he is forced to hunt down the outlaws alone.

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Kristian Levring
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mads Mikkelsen ... Jon Jensen
Eva Green ... Madelaine
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Henry Delarue
Eric Cantona ... Corsican
Mikael Persbrandt ... Peter Jensen
Douglas Henshall ... Sheriff Mallick
Michael Raymond-James ... Paul Delarue
Jonathan Pryce ... Mayor Nathan Keane
Alexander Arnold ... Voichek Borowski
Nanna Øland Fabricius ... Marie Jensen
Toke Lars Bjarke Toke Lars Bjarke ... Kresten Jensen
Sean Cameron Michael ... Lester
Carel Nel Carel Nel ... Stagecoach Whip
Kobus Swanepool Kobus Swanepool ... Stagecoach Gunman
José Domingos José Domingos ... Mr. Raul Delgado (as Jose Domingos)
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Storyline

The American West in the 1870s. A European settler, Jon Jensen (Mads Mikkelsen), has just welcomed his wife and son to the country when they are kidnapped and murdered. He takes revenge on the murderers, only to discover that one was the brother of a local land baron, Henry Delarue. Delarue runs the local town with a brutal hand. Now he wants vengeance on the man who killed his brother and the local townspeople are too scared of him to stand up to him. Jon is fighting more than just the local thugs, he is facing the entire town. Written by grantss

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Bad men will bleed.

Genres:

Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence throughout | See all certifications »

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Official site [Japan]

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Denmark | UK | South Africa | Sweden | Belgium

Language:

English | Danish | Spanish

Release Date:

27 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Salvação See more »

Filming Locations:

Johannesburg, South Africa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,000, 1 March 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,000, 1 March 2015
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The music score in the ending, pays homage to the spaghetti western genre, and to Ennio Morricone in particular, by including a stanza from Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). See more »

Goofs

When Peter rescues Jon, they are pursued by Delarue and his men. In the first long shot, there are seven mounted pursuers. When the pursuers split into two groups, the groups comprise four and five riders respectively, for a total of nine. The next day, when Delarue and his riders return to town, there are nine horses with seven riders. It is possible (implied?) that Peter managed to kill two of the riders. It would be assumed that Peter's horse was killed which is why it was not brought back to town. See more »

Quotes

Peter: Yeah, I was a soldier once, and it taught me a lesson. Don't get into a fight you know you're gonna lose.
Lester: [under his breath] Cowards.
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References High Noon (1952) See more »

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Intense and unforgiving
23 May 2014 | by nphilip21See all my reviews

Saw this on premiere-night in Denmark and left the cinema relieved and with a smile on my face. Director Kristian Levring delivers a very believable, dark and uncompromising western set in a very classic western atmosphere.

The story is straightforward and although it moves along slowly at times (fast paced at others), it's quite intense and is generally beautifully shot.

If you're going for a feel good movie, this is not it, but if you like classic westerns, you'll enjoy it.

Mads Mikkelsen and Mikael Persbrandt deliver solid performances as the danish brothers Jon and Peter who've emigrated to America after fighting the Germans in the danish/German war of 1864. But for me, Eva Green steals the show as the mute Madelaine (princess). She has a very mystical and powerful presence and leaves you wondering, wanting more.

All in all a very enjoyable picture that is a great testament to how far danish cinema has come. This is quite uncharacteristic for a typical danish movie, but Levring really pulls it off and I think any lover of westerns will find this a solid addition to the batch of quality westerns in the past 10 years (The Proposition, 3:10 to Yuma, True grit, Django Unchained etc.) It doesn't quite reach those levels, but it's close and it's enjoyable.


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