Based on the absurd but true 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis in Stockholm that was documented in the New Yorker as the origins of the 'Stockholm Syndrome'.

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Robert Budreau

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Robert Budreau, Daniel Lang (article) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Hawke ... Lars Nystrom
Noomi Rapace ... Bianca Lind
Mark Strong ... Gunnar Sorensson
Christopher Heyerdahl ... Chief Mattsson
Bea Santos ... Klara Mardh
Mark Rendall ... Elov Eriksson
Ian Matthews ... Detective Halsten Vinter
John Ralston ... Detective Jakobsson
Shanti Roney ... Olof Palme
Christopher Wagelin ... Vincent
Thorbjørn Harr ... Christopher Lind (as Thorbjörn Harr)
Gustaf Hammarsten ... Taxi Driver
Vladimir Jon Cubrt ... Bank Manager
Nonnie Griffin ... Old Lady in Bank
Anders Yates ... Bank Employee
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Storyline

A semi-fictional account, including most of the names of the players being changed, of the event that resulted in the creation of the term Stockholm Syndrome to describe people who feel empathy and sometimes more for their captor(s) is presented. In 1973, a lone armed man, thought to be American, storms the downtown Stockholm branch of Kreditbanken. Ultimately the authorities, led by Chief of Police Mattsson learn of his at-gunpoint demand: $1 million US, the release of convicted bank robber and murderer Gunnar Sorensson, and a Mustang Boss 302 like the one Steve McQueen drove in Bullitt (1968) as a getaway vehicle for the two of them. By the time Mattsson gets Sorensson to the bank - unknown to the gunman, who is thought to be well known robber Kaj Hansson, Sorenson having made a plea deal with Mattsson for his cooperation against the gunman - there are three hostages at the bank, all the others that were in the bank at the time let go. Arguably the most lucid of the three is bank ... Written by Huggo

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Based On An Absurd But True Story


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Rated R for language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Thursday, August 23, 1973 was an otherwise ordinary late summer day in Stockholm, Sweden. At 10.03 AM, a masked robber stepped into Kreditbanken at Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm. It was the beginning of one of the most internationally recognized crimes in history. Waving a sub-machine gun, bank robber Janne Olsson shouted orders in English, telling people in the bank to lie down on the floor, while also firing his gun towards the ceiling. In the commotion, a bank official still managed to reach the button for the silent alarm. See more »

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The Vespa scooter seen outside the bank when Kaj Hansson enters is a 1980 model PX version of the scooter, which wasn't even designed in 1973. See more »

Quotes

Bianca Lind: If you let us go, we might live. If the police don't interfere, nobody will get hurt and we will survive. You can save our lives.
Olof Palme: And the best way to do that is not to let them out on the roads with you.
Bianca Lind: But we are willing to take that risk.
Olof Palme: I wish that would make a difference, but, as Prime Minister, I'm responsible for all the Swedish people.
Bianca Lind: Exactly. But all the Swedish people are not in here, we are trapped in here. We.
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References Bullitt (1968) See more »

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New Morning
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Bob Dylan
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about loneliness
2 May 2020 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

The basic virtues are the performances of Noomi Rapace and Ethan Hawke. And the wise way to say an absurde, ridicule real story in fair manner. A film about love in different manners and with a lot of nuances. And, off course, a film about loneliness. A good one, no doubts and a smart definition of the Stockholm syndrome.


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English | Swedish

Release Date:

12 April 2019 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$292,590

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$665,527
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