Pelle the Conqueror


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When his wife dies, Lassefar (Max von Sydow) takes his 12-year-old son, Pelle (Pelle Hvenegaard), from their home in Sweden to Denmark in search of a better life. Signing on as laborers at a large farm, father and son undergo numerous trials, including prejudice against immigrants and run-ins with those more powerful than themselves in both the physical and the social sense. Over the course of a year, young Pelle learns what it takes to survive in a harsh and unforgiving world.

Release details

Rated: PG-13
Release date: Wednesday December 21 1988
Duration: 160 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Bille August
Screenwriter: Bille August
Cast: Max von Sydow
Pelle Hvenegaard
Astrid Villaume
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