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Edderkoppen 

A reporter is drawn into the dark side of post-war Copenhagen as he attempts to uncover a crime syndicate on an unprecedented level.
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Complete series cast summary:
Jakob Cedergren ...  Bjarne Madsen 6 episodes, 2000
Stine Stengade ...  Lisbeth Gordan 6 episodes, 2000
Lars Mikkelsen ...  Ole Madsen 6 episodes, 2000
Bent Mejding Bent Mejding ...  H.C. Vissing / ... 6 episodes, 2000
Lars Bom Lars Bom ...  Arthur Næslund 6 episodes, 2000
Birthe Neumann Birthe Neumann ...  Vera Madsen / ... 6 episodes, 2000
Bjarne Henriksen ...  Svend Aage Hjalmar 6 episodes, 2000
Louise Mieritz ...  Eva Lund 6 episodes, 2000
Flemming Enevold Flemming Enevold ...  Georg Vanbjerg 6 episodes, 2000
Troels Lyby ...  Walter 6 episodes, 2000
Max Hansen Max Hansen ...  Ove Ramsing 6 episodes, 2000
Steen Springborg Steen Springborg ...  Peder Taulov 6 episodes, 2000
Henrik Prip Henrik Prip ...  Aaberg 6 episodes, 2000
Peter Flyvholm Peter Flyvholm ...  Jochumsen 6 episodes, 2000
Peter Rygaard Peter Rygaard ...  Hjort 6 episodes, 2000
Peter Steen Peter Steen ...  Ingvar Gordan 5 episodes, 2000
Lotte Andersen ...  Lillian Olsen 5 episodes, 2000
Klaus Bondam Klaus Bondam ...  Gylling 5 episodes, 2000
Claus Ryskjær Claus Ryskjær ...  Væsel 5 episodes, 2000
Thure Lindhardt ...  Billy / ... 5 episodes, 2000
Lars Brygmann ...  Dam Jensen 4 episodes, 2000
Preben Harris Preben Harris ...  Vilhelm Davidsen 4 episodes, 2000
Susse Wold ...  Kitty Gordan 4 episodes, 2000
Gerard Bidstrup Gerard Bidstrup ...  Svenne / ... 4 episodes, 2000
Jimmy Jørgensen Jimmy Jørgensen ...  Krølle 4 episodes, 2000
Thomas Milton Walther Thomas Milton Walther ...  Victor 4 episodes, 2000
Mikkel Vadsholt Mikkel Vadsholt ...  Røde 4 episodes, 2000
Per Goldschmidt Per Goldschmidt ...  Meyer 4 episodes, 2000
Henrik Birch ...  Advokat 4 episodes, 2000
Steen Stig Lommer Steen Stig Lommer ...  Carlo 4 episodes, 2000
Henrik Koefoed Henrik Koefoed ...  Overbetjent Pedersen 3 episodes, 2000
Thomas Bo Larsen ...  Arne Hansen 3 episodes, 2000
Trine Dyrholm ...  Topsy 3 episodes, 2000
Kjeld Nørgaard Kjeld Nørgaard ...  Asmus 3 episodes, 2000
Lars Lunøe Lars Lunøe ...  Justitsministeren 3 episodes, 2000
Nikolaj Lie Kaas ...  Rudolf Novak 3 episodes, 2000
Michael Hasselflug Michael Hasselflug ...  Volmer Olsen 3 episodes, 2000
Jens Jørn Spottag ...  Erik Thuesen 2 episodes, 2000
Paprika Steen ...  Helga Krog / ... 2 episodes, 2000
Al Agami Al Agami ...  Chip 2 episodes, 2000
Ole Thestrup Ole Thestrup ...  Foto-Brandt 2 episodes, 2000
Søren Pilmark ...  Jørgen Schiøtt 2 episodes, 2000
Niels Anders Thorn Niels Anders Thorn ...  Grev Erik 2 episodes, 2000
Birgit Zinn Birgit Zinn ...  Pensionatsværtinde 2 episodes, 2000
Moussa Diallo Moussa Diallo ...  Dale 2 episodes, 2000
Marianne Høgsbro Marianne Høgsbro ...  Dommer 2 episodes, 2000
Hans Henrik Clemensen Hans Henrik Clemensen ...  Carlzon 2 episodes, 2000
Martin Roy Wade Martin Roy Wade 2 episodes, 2000
Pia Koch Stead Pia Koch Stead ...  Greta 2 episodes, 2000
Nikolaj Steen ...  Busch 2 episodes, 2000
Katrine Madsen Katrine Madsen ...  Sangerinde 2 episodes, 2000
Jesper Bodilsen Jesper Bodilsen ...  Bassist / ... 2 episodes, 2000
Carsten Bagge Carsten Bagge ...  Trommeslager 2 episodes, 2000
Carsten Skov Nielsen Carsten Skov Nielsen ...  Vibrafonist 2 episodes, 2000
Mads Tolling Mads Tolling ...  Violinist 2 episodes, 2000
Jacob Dinesen Jacob Dinesen ...  Tenorsaxofonist 2 episodes, 2000
Søren Kristiansen Søren Kristiansen ...  Pianist 2 episodes, 2000
Ghita Nørby Ghita Nørby ...  Ella Davidsen 2 episodes, 2000
Carina Due Carina Due ...  Værtinde 2 episodes, 2000
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Storyline

In 1949, during perilous times in post-war Denmark, Bjarne Madsen, an honest and ambitious young journalist, is determined to unmask the organised crime, the underground black markets and the corruption which plague the city of Copenhagen. Sooner or later, Bjarne will finally get the chance to begin his crusade after the unexpected encounter of two faceless bodies that were bound together and washed ashore. Eventually, Bjarne with the invaluable help of the esteemed crime reporter H.C. Vissing, they will discover that behind this web of corruption, fraud and blackmail, lie hidden, entrepreneurs, ex-Danish Resistance members, politicians and even the Police. Written by Nick Riganas

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Trickery, Fraud, Lawlessness and Corruption.


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Country:

Denmark | Sweden

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

26 March 2000 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

The Spider See more »

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Runtime:

(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The series is based on a true story - the case of the spider syndicate is Danish crime history. However, the story is fictionalized, and the conclusion of the plot is not to be considered absolute truth. The credits include this reminder (translated): "Some characters and events in 'Edderkoppen' are inspired by historical people and events, but it is important to stress that the story is fiction and that the characters, as they appear in the series, are fictional." See more »

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Featured in I Edderkoppens kølvand (2000) See more »

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Jeg gir mit humør en gang lak
Performed by Liva Weel
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Distinctive and intense, with great supporting performances also
11 August 2014 | by BeneCumbSee all my reviews

Scandinavia, particularly Denmark and Sweden are famous for their thrilling crime series, and as an admirer, I try to watch as many as possible. I had not heard of Edderkoppen before - apparently due to the distribution year - but several Danish actors I like have the series included in their filmography. And yes, lots of fine Danish actors active in the 21st century perform there, making even smaller roles memorable, for example Lars Mikkelsen, Lars Bryggmann, Bent Mejding, Lars Bom, Bjarne Henriksen, Stine Stengade... As for Jakob Cedergren as the leading character Bjarne Madsen, he is good too, although I am would not place him among the TOP10 - or I have not seen enough films with his presence.

The plot - based on real events - is also intense and wittily created, there are not too many films depicting post-WWII living, and from historical perspective, it does not easily become timeworn. Cinematography has skilfully exploited the era's larger mysticism and ambiguity, nevertheless, one can ponder on and over enduring issues and values such as loyalty, family ties, media's role, illusions vs. reality and others. The ending could have been more sophisticated, but it does not diminish the overall value.

Of course, Denmark is far another society than in the 1940ies, but thanks to well-tailored creation, Edderkoppen is pleasant to follow, and its 6 episodes is just right, not protracted. Strong 8 points from me.


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