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Soya (novel) and
Bob Ramsing
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6 September 1965 (Denmark) See more »
As time is is manhood! See more »
In the summer of 1913, 17-year-old Jacob (Ole Soltoft), a Danish high school student, lives in the frustrating limbo between boyhood and manhood... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Ole Søltoft ... Jacob Petersen

Ghita Nørby ... Vibeke
Emil Hass Christensen ... Prof. Latour Petersen
Ole Monty ... Jacob's Uncle
Bodil Steen ... Jacob's Aunt
Lily Broberg ... Frk. Rosegod
Arthur Jensen ... Konduktøren
Henry Nielsen ... Stationsforstanderen
Annie Birgit Garde ... Girl on Train
Susanne Heinrich ... Hansigne
Ingolf David ... Pharmacist
Jørgen Kiil ... Dr. Irving Mogensen
Hugo Herrestrup ... Knud
Lise Rosendahl ... Sophie
Jytte Abildstrøm ... Frk. Steinkop
Valsø Holm ... Bageren
Jens Jensen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gunnar Strømvad ... Mand med kasket ved Jakobs afrejse

Directed by
Annelise Meineche 
Writing credits
Soya (novel "Sytten")

Bob Ramsing 

Produced by
Jens Ravn .... producer
Original Music by
Ole Høyer 
Cinematography by
Ole Lytken 
Film Editing by
Edith Schlüssel 
Art Direction by
H. Gärtner 
Otto Lund 
Costume Design by
M.G. Rasmussen 
Edith Sørensen 
Makeup Department
Birthe Lyngsøe .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hans Peder Linder .... assistant director
Jens Ravn .... assistant director
Art Department
Willy Berg Hansen .... property master
Sound Department
Leon Seibæk .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Ove Hansen .... lighting technician

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Also Known As:
"Eric Soya's '17'" - USA
"Seventeen" - Australia (theatrical title)
"Soya's Sytten" - Denmark (complete title)
"17" - Japan (English title) (festival title)
"17 sai" - Japan (festival title)
"Inocencia erótica" - Spain
"Kuuma 17-vuotias" - Finland (video title)
"La première fois" - Canada (French title)
"La prima volta..." - Italy
"Odkritje ljubezni" - Slovenia (imdb display title)
"Seitsemäntoistavuotias eli Viattomuus paratiisissa" - Finland
"Siebzehn - Vier Mädchen machen einen Mann" - West Germany
"Sjutton" - Sweden (imdb display title)
"Ta dekaeptahrona" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
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USA:87 min | West Germany:81 min
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
saw it as a teen, 15 May 2007
Author: gsarget from United States

I first saw Sytten in Denmark when I was about 19. Being the right age and in the right place, I LOVED it. It captured the Denmark I had come to love better than any other Danish film. Back in the States at age 23, the film turned up in my college-town theater, so I took my fiancé in order to "share some of my Danish experience." What I thought was a fun, boyish romp, was for her, the dirtiest thing she had ever seen. Now that my own sons are past that age, I'd love to see it again to see how it plays in my memory. I particularly remember the funniest scene with the lad struggling with masturbation and the local priest trying to, literally, help him out with it, "So we can repent together later." Then, after his own awkward experience with one of the farm girls, entering the farm house and seeing the maid on her knees scrubbing the floor. She had been coming on to him even though she was old enough to be his mother, but now with some experience under his belt, he quietly sneaked up behind her and gave her the thrill of her life. The older woman/young boy is a recurring theme in the Danish coming of age novels I've read, and this supposed autobiographical portrait of the writer fit right in.

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