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

Imagine that. Real Swedish wood strawberries.

Get some water for your father, Niels.

Are you coming with that water?

Watch out, God damn it!

What the hell are you doing, boy?

Where have you been? Lasse has been asking for you.

The mistress sent me into town.

Let's see what you're hiding, Pelle.

The mistress said I couldn't show it to anyone.

You're a good boy, Pelle. Come here.

Give me the bag, then I'll give it to the mistress.

No one will see it.


Give it to me.

Or else I will not move.

He must know that you take things from me.

Don't do that!

Give me that bottle, Kongstrup.

You're so mean, you devil!

Pelle, go down and tell him how he's ruining my life.

That's enough!

You just keep that.

God, who loves all children,

look out for me, the little man.

Wherever I may go in this world

my fate lies in God's hands.

- Fortune comes, fortune goes--

- Lasse Pa.

Tomorrow you can say the day after tomorrow.

And the day after tomorrow you can say tomorrow.

My birthday.



Pelle, was it really cognac that he poured out?

Real cognac?

Straight into the flower vase?

Wherever I may go in this world

my fate lies in God's hands.

Fortune comes, fortune goes...

You'd better get dressed.

The trousers, Pelle. First your trousers.

What's that in your pocket? It looks so bulky.

You haven't been stealing eggs, have you?

Let's see what that is.

But it's just paper.

What's that rubbish you've got in your pockets?

Congratulations and God bless you, my son.

Thank you.

It's just a poor man's gift, Pelle.

Have you seen this?

I'll be damned! That's nice.

It's a birthday gift.

Yes, I thought you looked like a birthday boy.

Happy birthday. Congratulations.

They say that...

Is it true you want to run away to America?

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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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