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From The Spaghetti Western Database

Utvandrarna (Sweden 1971 / Director: Jan Troell)

Also known as

The Emigrants (USA) | Les émigrants (France) | Karl e Kristina (Italy) | Los emigrantes (Spain) | Die Auswanderer (Germany) | Emigranci (Poland) | Kivándorlók (Hungary) | Emigranti (Romania ) | Udvandrerne (Denmark)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Max von Sydow (Karl-Oskar), Liv Ullmann (Kristina), Eddie Axberg (Robert), Sven-Olof Bern (Nils), Aina Alfredsson (Märta), Allan Edwall (Danjel), Monica Zetterlund (Ulrika), Pierre Lindstedt (Arvid), Hans Alfredson (Jonas Petter), Ulla Smidje (Inga-Lena), Eva-Lena Zetterlund (Elin), Gustaf Färingborg (Prosten Brusander), Åke Fridell (Aron), Agneta Prytz (Fina-Kajsa), Halvar Björk (Anders Månsson), Arnold Alfredsson (Kyrkvärd), Bror Englund (Måns Jakob), Tom C. Fouts (Pastor Jackson), Peter Høimark (Andre styrman), Erik Johansson (Kapten Lorentz), Staffan Liljander (Landberg), Göran Lundin (Förste styrman), Ditte Martinsson (Barn)
  • Screenplay: Bengt Forslund, Jan Troell (based on the novel by Vilhelm Moberg)
  • Cinematography: Jan Troell (color)
  • Music: Erik Nordgren
  • Producer: Bengt Forslund


In the middle of the 19th century, Karl-Oskar (Max von Sydow) and Kristina (Liv Ullmann) live in a small rural village in Smaaland, Southern Sweden. They get married and try to make a living on a small spot of land. However, the small size of their land, the infertile soil, and some bad harvests make it tough. One of their children even starves to death. Thus, they decide to emigrate to the U.S. together with Karl-Oskar's younger brother Robert (Eddie Axberg). They meet a group of farmers with their families planning the emigration under the leadership of a banned priest. They sell everything and embark for the U.S. The journey on the sailing ship is long and tedious. Some of the emigrants will never reach the New World.


The film won international acclaim and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1971. It was nominated for four more Oscars the following year, including for Best Picture. It is followed by the 1972 sequel The New Land, with the same cast. The 1974 U.S. television series "The New Land" is based loosely on both "The Emigrants" and its sequel.


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