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Idealisten (2015)

A whistleblower attempts to reveal the secret behind a nuclear disaster that occurred during the height of the Cold War.

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Lars Kristian Andersen (as Lars Andersen), Simon Pasternak | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Plaugborg Peter Plaugborg ... Poul Brink
Søren Malling ... Marius Schmidt
Arly Jover ... Estibaliz
Thomas Bo Larsen ... Carl Dinesen
Nikolaj Cederholm Nikolaj Cederholm ... Pontoppidan - doctor
Henrik Birch ... Ole Damgaard
Filippa Suenson Filippa Suenson ... Eva - journalist
Jesper Hyldegaard Jesper Hyldegaard ... Lars Krogsgård
Claus Bue ... Per Strandgaard Jensen
Kristoffer Fabricius Kristoffer Fabricius ... Journalist
Anne-Vibeke Mogensen Anne-Vibeke Mogensen ... Radio receptionist
Christian Lund Christian Lund ... Radiotekniker
Hans Rønne Hans Rønne ... Chauffer
Marianna Jankovic Marianna Jankovic ... Sekretar
Michael Moritzen Michael Moritzen ... Direktor udensrigministeriet
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A whistleblower attempts to reveal the secret behind a nuclear disaster that occurred during the height of the Cold War.

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In the 50s, Denmark made a decision about nuclear weapons. A decision with which we we all felt secure. Until a US B-52 crashed in Greenland carrying 4 nuclear bombs. 20 years went by before a journalist finally asked: What was that plane doing over Danish territory? See more »

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Denmark | USA

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Danish | English | Spanish | Greenlandic

Release Date:

9 April 2015 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

The Idealist See more »

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$372,897
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Color | Black and White (archive footage)
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An interview with the real Poul Brink appears just before the credits. See more »

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These Boots are Made for Walking
Written by Lee Hazlewood (as Hazlewood)
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An engaging real life event.
20 August 2016 | by paullychickSee all my reviews

Yet again I am reminded of the power of cinema to entertain, educate and inform. Yes I know it's all manipulation and the real meaning is constructed in the edit room, but last night I saw a Danish film 'The Idealist' (2015) which was an expose of the conspiracies surrounding a nuclear disaster at the Thule airbase in Greenland during the Cold War, Greenland then being a colony of Denmark which the Americans wanted to buy. In 1968 a there was an American bomber plane crash carrying four nuclear war heads on the base, and during the clean up both Americans and Danes were infected by radioactivity. Throughout the film we followed the efforts of a whistle blower journalist Poul Brink in the 1980s to expose the accident, get survivors recognised for compensation and the then Prime Minister uncovered for the deal he'd secretly done with the Americans to allow nuclear weapons on the base at all. Original archive footage was seamlessly woven together with fictional dramatic performances. I was ashamed that yet again, this event had happened during my lifetime but I had been ignorantly unaware. in fact, I haven't felt so ashamed since watching 'Hotel Rwanda.' I was gripped by the performances and the unfolding of events. I came away better informed and impressed again by the intelligent medium of cinema to move and engage me.


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