Pelle the Conqueror PG-13

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  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: May 30, 2017
  • Originally Released: 1987
  • Label: Film Movement
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Commentary by film scholar Peter Cowie
    • New essay by Terrance Rafferty
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - Danish, Swedish
    • PCM Stereo - Danish, Swedish
    • Subtitles - English

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1988 - Best Foreign Language Film
Cannes 1988 - Palme d'Or

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 23


User Ratings: 3,990
Rating: 3/5 -- This is an often brutal tale which is boosted by a powerful performance from Von Sydow. Full Review
TV Guide
Feb 27, 2017
Rating: 4/5 -- Director Bille August's adaptation of the first part of Nobel Prize winner Martin Andersen Nexo's four-volume novel is genuine life-affirming drama. Full Review
Radio Times
Feb 27, 2017
Rating: 2/4 -- The chilly, oppressive Danish film Pelle the Conqueror has only one artistic aim: to wrench as much pity as possible from its audience. Full Review
Chicago Tribune
Feb 27, 2017
The movie -- ravishingly photographed by Jorgen (Elvira Madigan) Persson -- dazzles with incident but fails to find the human focus to validate a lasting claim on the heart. Full Review
People Magazine
Feb 27, 2017
The film is a towering achievement, grueling in its portrayal of a harsh existence yet ultimately an exhilarating experience unlikely to be forgotten. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Feb 27, 2017
Rating: 1/4 -- Beneath the transparent, by-the-numbers schema there are potent elements at play in this work, but unfortunately they go unexplored. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Feb 27, 2017
Written and directed by Bille August, Pelle the Conqueror is peopled with the sort of vivid minor characters that lodge in your consciousness. Full Review
Orlando Sentinel
Feb 27, 2017

Product Description:

PELLE THE CONQUEROR is based on the first of the four volumes of Martin Andersen Nexo's epic novel. Talented Danish director Bille August focuses on Pelle when he and Lasse find work at Stone Farm. After being humiliated by the farm's young trainee manager, Pelle is disappointed when Lasse does not stand up for him. Pelle admires Eric, an older immigrant who is not cowed by the farm manager and who dreams of going to America. He watches as an affair develops between Anna, an immigrant worker, and Nils, son of a local dignitary, and sees the affair's tragic outcome. Pelle's friend Rud fails his school exams, then runs away. Through Pelle, Mrs. Olsen, whose sailor husband is lost at sea, becomes interested in Lasse. Pelle observes the drinking of Mrs. Kongstrup, wife of the farm's owner, and the philandering of her husband. He sees Mrs. Kongstrup's niece, the lovely Sine, arrive and witnesses the disastrous consequences of her visit. At the center of these events is the striking young Pelle Hvenegaard. It is his face that August focuses on, his mind that is forming right onscreen, as Pelle observes and reacts and learns and, then, moves on alone.

Plot Synopsis:

Early-20th-century Denmark. A boat arrives in the morning mist. Among the hopeful immigrants from Sweden looking for work are Lasse Karlsson (Max von Sydow) and his son, Pelle. Lasse is a sad man: beaten down by life; struggling with the loss of his wife; wanting to stand up for his son but afraid of authority; and finding relief in the bottle. Max von Sydow received a well-deserved Oscar nomination for his fine performance as Lasse, but PELLE THE CONQUEROR is not his film--instead it belongs to the remarkable 12-year-old, Pelle Hvenegaard, who plays Pelle himself.


Production Notes:

  • At the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, PELLE THE CONQUEROR won the Palme d'Or--the fesitival's top prize.
  • PELLE THE CONQUEROR was the fourth film on which director Bille August and writer Bjarne Reuter collaborated. They were joined by Per Olov Enquist as they crafted their script from the first volume of Martin Andersen Nexo's four-volume epic novel, written between 1913 and 1916. In the remaining three volumes, Nexo relates how Pelle goes to Copenhagen and eventually becomes a militant labor leader.

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 116,217
  • UPC: 859686006147
  • Shipping Weight: 0.23/lbs (approx)
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