Pelle the Conqueror

Synopsis: The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find employment at a large farm, but are treated as the lowest form of life. Pelle starts to speak Danish but is still harassed as a foreigner. But none of them wants to give up their dream of finding a better life than the life they left in Sweden.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Bille August
Production: HBO Video
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 21 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
157 min

- Kill him.

- That damn bastard.

- Will you kill him?

- Trust me on that, Pelle.

- How?

- Well, how...

What will you use?

The hammer, I think.

Kill him like a dead dog.

No question about it.

But who will read the names of the cows then?

You're right about that. Well...

I guess we'll just have to whip him.

Then he can keep on reading for us.

But he'll definitely get a good whipping!

Yarn for the boy's gray socks.

And what about this patch?

Oh, yes. The Sunday jacket, Bengta said.

I... Yes, I needed to let down the sleeves on that.

Your mother was worried

that I couldn't take care of you, Pelle.

But you can count on me, Bengta.

Don't wear them too long,

she said, or you'll wear them out.


It's the trainee.

- Where the hell are you?

- Will you kill him now, Dad?

I'm coming.

Yes, I'd like to object against...

- As a father, I want to--

- Why don't you answer?

I apologize. I want to object against the way Pelle--

Are you deaf? Be careful

or I'll report you to the foreman.

Well, don't turn Aspasia to grass tomorrow.

- Is she going to calve?

- Would she foal, do you think?

If you can't read where Aspasia

should stay, you have to be polite.

Aspasia is the third from the door.

You promised, Dad.

Speak Swedish to your father.

You do know Swedish, don't you?

Are you so haughty that you don't want

to speak in your mother tongue?

Lasse is old and poor. What's left?

No respect. They can treat you how they please.

What good is making a fist,

when you have no strength left?

That's what being old is like.

You are young. You can conquer the world.

I almost forgot. Have you seen this, Pelle?

Look what I've got.

Look at this, Pelle.

I brought this with me from Sweden.

From Tomelilla.

Here we go.

If we're lucky, we'll have wood strawberries.

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Bille August

Bille August (born 9 November 1948) is a Danish Academy Award-winning film and television director. His 1987 film Pelle the Conqueror won the Palme d'Or, Academy Award and Golden Globe. He is one of only eight directors to win the Palme d'Or twice, winning the prestigious award again in 1992 for The Best Intentions, based on the autobiographical script by Ingmar Bergman. He was married to Swedish actress Pernilla August from 1991 to 1997. more…

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