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Under sandet (2015)

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In post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs are forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight.

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Martin Zandvliet
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roland Møller ... Sgt. Carl Rasmussen
Louis Hofmann ... Sebastian Schumann
Joel Basman ... Helmut Morbach
Mikkel Boe Følsgaard ... Lt. Ebbe Jensen
Laura Bro ... Karin
Zoe Zandvliet Zoe Zandvliet ... Elisabeth, Karins Daughter (as Zoé Zandvliet)
Mads Riisom Mads Riisom ... Soldier Peter
Oskar Bökelmann Oskar Bökelmann ... Ludwig Haffke
Emil Belton Emil Belton ... Ernst Lessner
Oskar Belton Oskar Belton ... Werner Lessner
Leon Seidel Leon Seidel ... Wilhelm Hahn
Karl Alexander Seidel Karl Alexander Seidel ... Manfred
Maximilian Beck Maximilian Beck ... August Kluger
August Carter August Carter ... Rudolf Selke
Tim Bülow Tim Bülow ... Hermann Marklein
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In post-World War II Denmark, the Danish government puts their hated German prisoners of war to work clearing the 1.5 million land mines from the western beaches of the country. At one such beach, Sgt. Carl Leopold Rasmussen finds himself in charge of one such labor unit and finds they are largely all inexperienced boys. As the boys struggle to complete and survive their dangerous work, Sgt. Rasmussen's hate for Germans gradually cools as he grows to understand the horrific situation these child soldiers are in even as the mines claim more and more victims. Eventually, the boys and the Sergeant must decide what can be done in a situation that would be later be denounced by later generations as the worst war crime in Danish history. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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They survived World War II. Now they have to survive the clearing. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, some grisly images, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Denmark | Germany

Language:

German | Danish | English

Release Date:

3 December 2015 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Land of Mine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DKK 35,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,754, 12 February 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$435,266, 25 May 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,164,333, 6 August 2017
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Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)| DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The actors were trained in mine clearance 'anno 1945' at the Military Training Compound 'Oksbøl'. During training they found a 'live' mine. It had been there for seventy-plus years - and was in fine working condition. The mine was removed and disarmed by the danish de-mining experts. See more »

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In the opening scene after Sgt. Rasmussen takes a flag from a German soldier we see him yelling at another soldier with nothing in his hands. In the next shot the flag is back in his hand. See more »

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Sgt. Carl Rasmussen: Those of you who count the mines, make sure my card is updated. This task is as important as defusing mines.
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Great film – just a great film about life, the cancer of war, and death
11 July 2016 | by DuchinoSee all my reviews

My dear friend Ilario, a cultured movie buff, had warmly suggested this film these past days, among the many he mentions and those we get to talk about, and I could perceive that he had figured how this "Land of Mine" would strike many chords with me. And it did; I watched it in original German/Danish with English subs (shaky at times, but OK), and the immersion was immediate from the impactful start. I'm sensitive to war scenarios and characters – especially lesser told ones – as this story tactfully paints a very sad, cruel and almost hopeless reality. The Sergeant is a great figure, the kids are true to life, the skies and beaches cold and lonely too. And full of death. "Under Sandet", instead, is full of cinematographic art.


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