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The Return of the Dancing Master 

Danslärarens återkomst (original title)
Former policeman is tortured and murdered and his friend and former colleague investigates the case.






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Series cast summary:
Jonas Karlsson ...  Stefan Lindman 2 episodes, 2004
Göran Graffman Göran Graffman ...  David Andersson 2 episodes, 2004
Peter Kneip Peter Kneip ...  Herbert Molin 2 episodes, 2004
Lia Boysen ...  Veronica Molin 2 episodes, 2004
Douglas Johansson ...  Giuseppe Larsson 2 episodes, 2004
Mats Bergman ...  Rundström 2 episodes, 2004
Ulf Dohlsten Ulf Dohlsten ...  Erik Johansson 2 episodes, 2004
Jacob Nordenson Jacob Nordenson ...  Aronsson 2 episodes, 2004
Gunilla Johansson Gunilla Johansson ...  Elena Bromwich 2 episodes, 2004
Alma Mattsson Alma Mattsson ...  Fanny 2 episodes, 2004
Sven-Bertil Taube ...  Wetterstedt 2 episodes, 2004
Lena Granhagen ...  Elsa Berggren 2 episodes, 2004
Baard Owe ...  Hereira 2 episodes, 2004
Margareta Stone Margareta Stone ...  Yvonne 2 episodes, 2004
Anders Lönnbro Anders Lönnbro ...  Rune 2 episodes, 2004
Stefan Gödicke Stefan Gödicke ...  Magnus 2 episodes, 2004
Ove Wolf Ove Wolf ...  Holger 2 episodes, 2004
Jerker Fahlström ...  Lanthandlaren 2 episodes, 2004
Anna Bjelkerud Anna Bjelkerud ...  Helen Larsson 2 episodes, 2004
Maja Gödicke Maja Gödicke ...  Ninna 2 episodes, 2004
Dan Sjögren Dan Sjögren ...  Johan Schwartz 2 episodes, 2004
Irma Erixson Irma Erixson ...  Kvinna i kiosk 2 episodes, 2004
Martin Wallström ...  Ung Molin 2 episodes, 2004


Coming home after his father's funeral service, police officer Stefan Lindman phones his friend and former colleague Herbert to thank him for the wreath he sent. But the detective who answers the phone tells him that Herbert has been tortured and beaten to death. Determined to uncover the circumstances of Herbert's death, Stefan heads for his friend's farm in the north of Sweden - to which Herbert never invited him. It is an unfriendly place, where the locals keep to themselves and newcomers are considered intruders. Everyone makes it clear that he is not welcome there. At Herbert's farm, bloody footsteps on the living-room floor retrace a tango, danced by the dying Herbert in the arms of the killer. The prime suspect is soon found murdered. So should the police be looking for one or two murderers? Stefan begins to uncover many facts he didn't know about Herbert. He makes excuses for his friend - until Herbert is exposed as a Nazi. Realising he has been lied to all his life, Stefan ... Written by Early Bird Films ApS

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Release Date:

5 November 2004 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Rache des Tanzlehrers See more »


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EUR2,700,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



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Did You Know?


The complete cast is credited in both episodes. See more »


Referenced in Wallander: Innan frosten (2005) See more »


Written by Per Störby Jutbring
Performed by New Tango Orquesta
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Much better than Wallander
2 September 2009 | by stephenmanktelowSee all my reviews

This is much better than any of the adaptations of Henning Mankell's Wallander books that I have seen. Jonas Karlsson makes a formidable appearance here and some of the other ones are also good. There are though a few pieces of dialogue which aren't aren't up to par as in most Swedish films. I don't know why, maybe Swedish scriptwriters can't get the right feel for the language.

My only objection is the setting of the story. It is supposed to be set in Jämtland, but is obviously set around Trollhättan and Vargön which doesn't make it very plausible for a Swede. The story is very interesting and involves a Jewish revenger and a Nazi network in Sweden. I think it is a well crafted work of one of Mankell's best books.

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