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Stockholm (2018)

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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
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Hawke ... Kaj Hansson / 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 Vinter
John Ralston ... Detective Jackobsson
Shanti Roney ... Olof Palme
Christopher Wagelin ... Vincent
Thorbjørn Harr ... Christopher Lind
Gustaf Hammarsten ... Taxi Driver
Vladimir Jon Cubrt ... Bank Manager
Nonnie Griffin ... Old Lady in Bank
Anders Yates ... Bank Employee
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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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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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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stockholm See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,224, 12 April 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$300,000, 7 July 2019
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

All names, except the name of the Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, (who was assassinated in an unrelated 1986 crime), have been changed for this movie due to many of the actual persons depicted in the film still being alive while the screenplay was being written. See more »

Goofs

The police uniforms are wrong. Most notable are the shoulder belts that does not cross the chest as they are supposed to, nor do they have the reflective stripe that was used at the time. Further, the gun holster was attached with clips and hung freely from the bottom of the belt, not sitting on top of it. All in all the police looks like they're wearing fantasy uniforms. See more »

Quotes

Kaj Hansson: Do I look like a rapist?
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References Bullitt (1968) See more »

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Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You
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Funny and serious--just the way I like my heist films. And it's true.
23 April 2019 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"Their resistance to outside help and their loyalty toward their captors was puzzling, and psychologists began to study the phenomenon in this and other hostage situations." Rachel Lloyd

It doesn't pay to second guess Bianca Lind's (Noomi Rapace) falling for her abductor, Lars Nystrom (Ethan Hawke), in the real life 1973 heist/abduction that originated the descriptor, Stockholm Syndrome. Even as romantic as writer/director Robert Budreau makes the situation, no matter how crazy-charming he makes Lars, the situation, close to life or death, strains credulity.

Although the scene has been regularly described as "absurd" by officials and the media, Budreau and his first-rate actors create a reality that at the very least reminds me of Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon. Dog is another hostage situation at a bank with Sonny (Al Pacino) seeking funds for a sex change for his lover. Sounds absurd until you feel the human emotions involved; in Stockholm the sympathy flows between mother Bianca, with a weak husband, and the defiant but "soft" Lars.

Lars had been known to save a heart-attack victim at a heist and shows care for the hostages in the Stockholm bank. The two actors are so good, you can forgive his larceny and understand her attraction to him. It is by no means to exculpate Lars or to condemn the police for using gas-what else could they do?

No one would think that the cinematic setups of this heist are an accurate rendition of the Norrmalmstorg robbery, yet the heightened passions; Lars' motive to spring his bank robbery buddy, Gunnar (Mark Strong); and the imperfect strategies of Chief Mattsson (Christopher Heyerdahl) ring true in any situation. Stockholm is a stock situation riddled with humanity, and some light humor (see the bumbling husband), to make an eccentric spin on an old formula.

Enjoy the characters, and let your reality demands take a sideline.


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