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Pelle the Conqueror (1988)

Cast: Max Von Sydow, Pelle Hvenegaard, Erik Paaske, more...
Director: Bille August
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Studio: Anchor Bay
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Scandinavia, Coming of Age
Running Time: 150 min.
Languages: English, Danish
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

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Long but rewarding, the Danish-Swedish Pelle the Conqueror is based on the early passages of Martin Andersen Nexoe's four-volume novel. Pelle (Pelle Hvengaard) is the son of a 19th-century Swedish farmer (Max Von Sydow). Seeking escape from their poverty-stricken surroundings, father and son emigrate to Denmark. Upon arrival, however, they are treated like indentured servants, leading to a profound ideological turnaround for the impressionable Pelle. In the original novel, Pelle ended up embracing Communism. Nexo's political overtones are soft-pedalled in the film, which concentrates on the close, indestructable relationship between Pelle and his father. Adapted for the screen by Bille August, Pelle the Conqueror won the 1988 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Milk and honey by JiQua May 24, 2005 - 10:39 PM PDT
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
We all know that life is not all milk and honey,
however a father tries to give his young son a
normal childs life only to find out that his son
has his own goals in life. Social power and class
struggle. Max Von Sydow at his best.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 7.74)
47 Votes
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