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The Emigrants (Utvandrarna) (1971)




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Director/writer Jan Troell's expansive saga deals with the Larsen family, who during the 19th century famine in Sweden emigrate to the more fertile fields of Minnesota. With painstaking detail, the director follows the Larsens as they make the perilous (and, to some of their fellow immigrants, fatal) journey by foot, steamer, train, and paddle boat. The film, which originally ran 190 minutes but was pared down to 150 by its director for American consumption, earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Direction, and Best Actress (Liv Ullmann). The Emigrants was followed by a sequel, Nybyggarna ("The New Land"); both films have been edited together for TV release under the title The Emigrant Saga. The subsequent American TV series The New Land (1974) starred Bonnie Bedelia in the role created in The Emigrants by Liv Ullmann, and Scott Thomas in the patriarch role originated by Max von Sydow. In 1991, Sven Nykvist directed a "prequel" to The Emigrants titled The Ox. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Max von Sydow
as Karl Oskar
Liv Ullmann
as Kristina
Hans Alfredson
as Jonas Petter
Ulla Smidje
as Danjel's wife
Eva-Lena Zetterlund
as Ulrika's Daughter
Agneta Prytz
as Fina Kajsa
Halvar Björk
as Anders, Her Son
Agneta Pruetz
as Fina Kajsa
Bror Englund
as Mans Jakob
Tom C. Fouts
as Patter Jackson
Goran Lundin
as 1st Mate
Peter Hoimark
as 2nd Mate
Erik Johansson
as Capt. Lorentz
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Critic Reviews for The Emigrants (Utvandrarna)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
New York Times
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The acclaim for this 1971 151-minute revisionist epic on the settlement of America still mystifies me.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Chicago Reader
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Infinitely absorbing and moving.

Full Review… | June 12, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
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physical and sensory components are essential to the film's dramatic effectiveness, and Troell weaves them quiet masterfully into the fabric of his characters' lives

Full Review… | February 18, 2016
Q Network Film Desk

One of the best films to show the tribulations, bravery and faith of the people who helped build this country.

Full Review… | January 30, 2012
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for The Emigrants (Utvandrarna)

A great movie with amazing performances from Liv Ullmann and Max Von Sydow. It does start to ramble on in the last half but it is well written, directed, and has really strong production values

Kyle Bailey
Kyle Bailey

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 Ballantine
John Ballantine

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**** (out of four) Spralling and wonderfully told tale of Swedish emigrants crossing the ocean for a new life in America. Heartfelt and uplifting, it features memorable performances from Liv Ullman and Max Von Sydow.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

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