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The Emigrants (1971)

Utvandrarna (original title)
In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden). They get married and try to make a living on a small spot of land. ... See full summary »

Director:

Jan Troell

Writers:

Bengt Forslund (screenplay), Jan Troell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max von Sydow ... Karl Oskar
Liv Ullmann ... Kristina
Eddie Axberg ... Robert
Sven-Olof Bern Sven-Olof Bern ... Nils (as Svenolof Bern)
Aina Alfredsson Aina Alfredsson ... Märta
Allan Edwall ... Danjel
Monica Zetterlund ... Ulrika
Pierre Lindstedt ... Arvid
Hans Alfredson ... Jonas Petter
Ulla Smidje ... Inga-Lena, Danjels hustru
Eva-Lena Zetterlund Eva-Lena Zetterlund ... Elin, Ulrikas dotter
Gustaf Färingborg Gustaf Färingborg ... Prosten Brusander
Åke Fridell ... Aron på Nybacken
Agneta Prytz ... Fina-Kajsa
Halvar Björk ... Anders Månsson, hennes son
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Storyline

In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden). They get married and try to make a living on a small spot of land. However, the small size of their land, the infertile soil, and some bad harvests make it tough. One of their children even starves to death. Thus, they decide to emigrate to the U.S. They meet a group of farmers with their families planning the emigration under the leadership of a banned priest. They sell everything and embark for the U.S. The journey on the sailing ship is long and tedious. Some of the emigrants will never reach the New World. Written by Gerhard Windecker <g.wind@mbox300.swipnet.se>

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a new land...a new hope...a new dream

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | English

Release Date:

8 March 1971 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Emigrants See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

It was the third film not in English to be nominated for Best Picture in the history of the Academy Awards. See more »

Goofs

Black slaves are shown chained to the Lake Erie steamboat leaving Buffalo, New York, circa 1850. Slavery had been abolished in the State of New York since 1827. See more »

Quotes

Robert: There are two kinds of folk in America. There are those who become rich because they've been here so long and there are some who have come so recently they haven't had time to get rich.
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Alternate Versions

The USA television version, retitled "The Emigrant Saga", consists of this film plus its sequel, The New Land, joined and re-edited together in chronological order and dubbed in English. See more »

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THE Great American Film
31 October 2006 | by tangoviudoSee all my reviews

Even without 40 minutes of its original running time (trimmed by the idiots at Warner Brothers, who couldn't see American audiences sitting through a 3-hour film), "The Emigrants" is one of the greatest films ever made in Sweden - and probably the finest so far about the immigrant experience.

Troell's film was also the most expensive production to date (1971) in Sweden, which outraged many Swedes and made them attack the film quite unfairly. Box Office receipts worldwide, however, persuaded Hollywood that Troell was "bankable" and gave him a few shots at at fame and fortune ("Zandy's Bride" and "The Hurricane" - the latter to have been directed by Roman Polanski just prior to his banishment from America). Luckily, Troell failed in Hollywood and went back to Sweden.


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