When his wife dies, Lassefar (Max von Sydow) takes his 12-year-old son, Pelle (Pelle Hvenegaard), from their home in Sweden to Denmark in search of a better life. Signing on as laborers at ... See full summary »

Director:

Bille August

Writers:

Martin Andersen Nexø (novel), Bille August (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pelle Hvenegaard ... Pelle
Max von Sydow ... Lassefar
Erik Paaske Erik Paaske ... Forvalter
Björn Granath ... Erik (as Bjørn Granath)
Astrid Villaume Astrid Villaume ... Fru Kongstrup
Axel Strøbye ... Kongstrup
Troels Asmussen Troels Asmussen ... Rud
Kristina Törnqvist Kristina Törnqvist ... Anna
Karen Wegener Karen Wegener ... Madam Olsen
Sofie Gråbøl ... Jomfru Sine
Lars Simonsen ... Niels Køller
Buster Larsen Buster Larsen ... Ole Køller
John Wittig John Wittig ... Skolelærer
Troels Munk Troels Munk ... Læge
Nis Bank-Mikkelsen Nis Bank-Mikkelsen ... Præst
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When his wife dies, Lassefar (Max von Sydow) takes his 12-year-old son, Pelle (Pelle Hvenegaard), from their home in Sweden to Denmark in search of a better life. Signing on as laborers at a large farm, father and son undergo numerous trials, including prejudice against immigrants and run-ins with those more powerful than themselves in both the physical and the social sense. Over the course of a year, young Pelle learns what it takes to survive in a harsh and unforgiving world. Written by yusufpiskin

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Taglines:

De trodde att världen skulle bli deras

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Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The sailors on the sinking ship are speaking Finnish. First there are multiple cries of help and then, when Niels gets to the ship, they are saying, "help him up" and "tighten the rope". See more »

Goofs

Although set on the island of Bornholm, the characters speak standard Danish instead of the Bornholmsk dialect, and do not have Bornholm accents either. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pelle: Father?
Lassefar: Everything's gonna be fine.
Pelle: Say it again.
Lassefar: This new country we're going to is very different.
Pelle: Tell me more about it.
Lassefar: They put raisins in the pork roast and butter on the bread. They put a lot of butter on the bread. Brandy is as cheap as water and it is so strong that it knocks you off. But your father can take it, Pelle, because he's strong.
Pelle: And children are free all day.
Lassefar: Yes, Pelle, yes.
Pelle: Say it again.
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Referenced in Bille & Pelle (1988) See more »

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A beautiful portrayal of immigration and dreams
23 July 1999 | by Kritic-3See all my reviews

Pelle The Conqueror is one of the best films I have ever seen. The story describes the journey of Lasse Karlsson(Max Von Sydow), and his little boy, Pelle, as they move from Sweden to Denmark. In Denmark, they hope to find a better life than in Sweden. Lasse Karlsson and his boy, however, find the Danish life brutal and hard. Finding work on a large farm, Pelle and his father struggle to survive. Pelle The Conqueror is about more than their life on this farm. It is more about the dreams of this young boy, and the inspiration, and determination he gains from his first journey. And it is at the same time about how Pelle eventually needs to move on from his father and find more from life. What a magical movie.


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Country:

Denmark | Sweden

Language:

Finnish | Scanian | Danish | Swedish

Release Date:

21 December 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pelle the Conqueror See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,985, 25 December 1988

Gross USA:

$2,063,688

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,063,688
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (English)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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