The Emigrants

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Karl Oskar Nilsson (Max von Sydow) and his wife, Kristina (Liv Ullmann), work a farm in a cold and desolate area of rural Sweden in the middle of the 19th century. The growing privations of their life, combined with increasing social and religious persecution, cause the Nilssons and many of their neighbors to strike out for the United States. Following a treacherous ocean crossing and an equally grueling land passage, the emigrants find themselves in the seemingly idyllic land of Minnesota.

Cast & Crew

Eddie Axberg
Robert Nilsson
Hans Alfredson
Jonas Petter
Ulla Smidje
Danjel's Wife
Bengt Forslund
Screenwriter
Jan Troell
Screenwriter
Erik Nordgren
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Jan Troell
Cinematographer
Jan Troell
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P.A. Lundgren
Art Director
Ulla-Britt Söderlund
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Critic Reviews for The Emigrants (Utvandrarna)

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (1)

  • It's very slow, subtly acted, and if you can last the course, quite moving

    July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • The acclaim for this 1971 151-minute revisionist epic on the settlement of America still mystifies me.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The Emigrants is a stately, pictorially romantic chronicle of the lives of a small group of peasants for whom existence at home becomes so tenuous that emigration seems the only solution.

    June 24, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Infinitely absorbing and moving.

    June 12, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Having previously starred together in several Bergman features, most impressively in 1968's Shame, the performers share an indelible chemistry with one another, their journey filled with quietly authentic moments.

    October 9, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It is unquestionably the most ambitious film to reach us from Sweden, a big, expensive drama of impressive scope, yet with a careful attention to detail.

    January 3, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Emigrants (Utvandrarna)

  • Aug 13, 2013
    The Swedish "Little House" is aided by a European sensibility to be evenly paced and with great subtlety. A tale of a proud but not grandstanding people.
    John B Super Reviewer

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