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"a new land...a new hope...a new dream"

The Emigrants is a Swedish live action period drama that depicts the struggles of European emigrants to the United States in the mid-19th century. The film is based on two books from author Vilhelm Moberg - The Emigrants and Unto a Good Land. The Emigrants was shot on location in Denmark, Sweden, and the United States. The main characters of the story are Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson, played respectively by Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann. Karl and Kristina live and meet in a rural village in the southern part of Sweden known as Smaaland. Once married the two purchase a small plot of land and try to make a living off of it. However, things don't go so well. The tiny plot, combined with poor soil that results in bad crops, hurts the couple hard. What makes matters worse is when one of their children starves to death.

Seeing no other opportunities in Smaaland, the Nilssons decide to sell what belongings they have in exchange for a birth on a ship heading to America. During their preparations they meet a group of farmers, led by a defrocked priest, who are also heading towards the U.S. Together they and the Nilssons embark on a long, boring, and sometimes dangerous journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Though some emigrants never make it, the Nilssons are lucky enough to survive and relocate to the forests surrounding Minneapolis, Minnesota. It's here where they begin to live and adjust to the new American lifestyle.

The Emigrants was written and produced by Bengt Forslund and directed by Jan Troell. The film was released by Warner Brothers in March of 1971 and ran for 191 minutes. A sequel of The Emigrants was made a year later and featured the same cast as the original movie.

| 1971 | 3 hr 11 min | 8.0/10
Jan Troell
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