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Under sandet (2015)

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In post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs are forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight.

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Karin
Zoe Zandvliet ...
Elisabeth, Karins Daughter (as Zoé Zandvliet)
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Soldier Peter
Oskar Bökelmann ...
Emil Belton ...
Oskar Belton ...
Werner Lessner
Leon Seidel ...
Wilhelm Hahn
Karl Alexander Seidel ...
Manfred
Maximilian Beck ...
August Kluger
August Carter ...
Rudolf Selke
Tim Bülow ...
Hermann Marklein
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In post-World War II Denmark, the Danish government puts their hated German prisoners of war to work clearing the 1.5 million land mines from the western beaches of the country. At one such beach, Sgt. Carl Leopold Rasmussen finds himself in charge of one such labor unit and finds they are largely all inexperienced boys. As the boys struggle to complete and survive their dangerous work, Sgt. Rasmussen's hate for Germans gradually cools as he grows to understand the horrific situation these child soldiers are in even as the mines claim more and more victims. Eventually, the boys and the Sergeant must decide what can be done in a situation that would be later be denounced by later generations as the worst war crime in Danish history. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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They survived World War II. Now they have to survive the clearing.

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Drama | History | War

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Rated R for violence, some grisly images, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 December 2015 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Land of Mine  »

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Box Office

Budget:

DKK 35,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,754, 12 February 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$435,266, 25 May 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,164,333, 6 August 2017
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2.35 : 1
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The film was shot at historically authentic locations, including in Oksbøllejren and areas in Varde. See more »

Goofs

The boys keep having the same 'fresh' haircut throughout the movie (that covers three months). It's unlikely that they had a hairdresser around, or even a pair of scissors. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Ebbe Jensen: If they are old enough to go to war, they are old enough to clean up.
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Magnificent Anti-War Film
13 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

In 1945, in Denmark, after the defeat of Germany, the tough veteran Sergeant Carl Rasmussen (Roland Møller) is assigned by Lieutenant Ebbe Jensen (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard) to defuse and remove 2.2 million mines in the Danish West Coast to make the beaches safe. Carl receives a group of teenage Germans prisoners of war to clear mines. With the formal promise of Ebbe, Carl tells to the youngsters that when the task is accomplished, the survivors would be released to return to Germany. After the initial hostility with the enemy, Carl realizes that the POWs are too young and befriends the boys. But when a mine in a clear area blows up his dog, Carl forces the boys to walk together on the safe areas to check whether any mine was left behind. Months later, the survivors complete their task but Ebbe sends them to another mined field. What will Carl do?

"Land of Mine", a.k.a. "Under sandet", is a magnificent anti-war film based on real events in Denmark where German POWS were sent to clear German mines on the beaches in a violation of Geneva Convention. The plot also shows the behavior and relationship of persons in power and the defeated ones and in the end there is no difference of who is who. Ebbe is as cruel as a Gestapo Commander and most of the POWs have the same concerns of any teenager, seeking for a job or to be with family and friends. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Terra de Minas" ("Land of Mines")


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