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The Simple-Minded Murderer (1982)

Den enfaldige mördaren (original title)
A mentally challenged man escapes from his tyrannical master and finds happiness when a poor family takes him in.

Director:

Hans Alfredson

Writers:

Hans Alfredson (screenplay), Hans Alfredson (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stellan Skarsgård ... Sven
Maria Johansson ... Anna
Hans Alfredson ... Höglund
Per Myrberg ... Andersson
Lena-Pia Bernhardsson Lena-Pia Bernhardsson ... Mrs. Andersson
Nils Ahlroth ... Månsson
Lars Amble ... Bengt
Carl-Åke Eriksson Carl-Åke Eriksson ... Wallin
Cecilia Walton Cecilia Walton ... Vera
Wallis Grahn Wallis Grahn ... Mrs. Höglund
Else-Marie Brandt Else-Marie Brandt ... Sven's Mother
Gösta Ekman ... The New Driver
Carl Billquist ... Flodin
Lena Nyman ... Woman Without Legs
Björn Andrésen Björn Andrésen ... Angel
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Storyline

In the 1930s, the feeble-minded Sven's mother dies and he is hired as a farm-hand at the rich, affluent Höglund's farm. He has to work without pay and sleeps together with the cows. He meets the disabled Anna who is the first one to treat him as an adult. One day he has had enough of Höglund's maltreatment and moves in with Anna's family. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

Sweden

Language:

Scanian | Swedish

Release Date:

September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Simple-Minded Murderer See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the sources of inspiration came when director Hans Alfredson first heard Verdi's "Requiem". He instantly knew that he wanted to use it for a movie. See more »

Goofs

This film is set in the 1930s, yet when Sven goes by a toy store during his breakdown, a plush toy of Snoopy can be spotted in the store's vitrine. Snoopy wasn't invented until 1950. See more »

Quotes

Höglund: [drunk] So old... why do you have to get so old... what are you doing here, idiot? What time is it?
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Connections

Featured in Minns Ni? (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Requiem
Written by Giuseppe Verdi (as Verdi)
Conducted by Georg Solti (as Sir Georg Solti)
Decca LP SET 374-5
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Absolutely brilliant!
18 April 2000 | by AKS-6See all my reviews

"Den enfaldige mördaren" is without a doubt one of the best Swedish films ever made. It's a beautiful film, as well as a harrowing experience to watch. Stellan Skarsgård is magnificent in the role of Sven who is generally considered to be an idiot (because he is harelipped and he's therefore unable to speak clearly) -- even by his own sister Vera who is deeply ashamed of him. He gets a job at a factory owner's estate and is treated cruelly by that man (played by wonderful Hasse Alfredson, who also wrote the script and directed the film).

The film is fairly episodic but it definitely works in this film and as Sven's life gets better and better the pace becomes more "fluent", so to speak, which is really brilliant. The cinematography's brilliant as well. This is truly a great accomplishment.


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