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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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Karin
Zoe Zandvliet ...
Elisabeth, Karins Daughter (as Zoé Zandvliet)
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Soldier Peter
Oskar Bökelmann ...
Emil Belton ...
Oskar Belton ...
Werner Lessner
Leon Seidel ...
Wilhelm Hahn
Karl Alexander Seidel ...
Manfred
Maximilian Beck ...
August Kluger
August Carter ...
Rudolf Selke
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 »

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Drama | History | War

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

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3 December 2015 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Land of Mine  »

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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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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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Excellent movie
4 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

What an excellent movie! Good actors, wonderful scenes, great plot. The Movie brings the feels to the audience so you can feel with them. Every second is as exciting as the second before. Maybe one of the best films in Denmark. Especially Leon Seidel plays his role perfect in every way. And all other Boys and Guys and Women are necessary and play an important role for the film. Martin Zandvliet created an film for the past and the future which entertains and teaches everyone. The film includes a dark past of Denmark. Young Boys are forced to disarm mines and this will be a deadly experience. If you watch Land of Mine you will not regret it. Thanks to everyone.


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