The Emigrants

by Jan Troell 2h15min Sweden 1971
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The Emigrants
by Jan Troell

In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar 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. 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.

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  • Max Von Sydow : Karl Oskar Nilsson
  • Liv Ullmann : Kristina Nilsson
  • Eddie Axberg : Robert Nilsson
  • And with: Pierre Lindstedt, Allan Edwall, Monica Zetterlund, Hans Alfredson, Aina Alfredsson, Svenolof Bern, Gustaf Färingborg


  • Director Jan Troell
  • Scenario Bengt Forslund, Jan Troell
  • Dialogs Bengt Forslund, Jan Troell
  • Original work author Vilhelm Moberg
  • Photo director Jan Troell
  • Set Design P.A. Lundgren
  • Costume Design Ulla-Britt Søderlund
  • Sound mix Eddie Axberg
  • Editing Jan Troell, Georg Oddner, Jan Persson
  • Original music Erik Nordgren
  • Excutive producer Bengt Forslund
  • Production Compagny AB Svensk Filmindustri

Technical information

  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1971
  • Release date for France03/13/1974
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorColors
  • LanguageSwedish
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