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  • Actors: Rolf Lassgard; Marie Richardson; Peter Gantzler; Gustav Hammarsten; Christer Fant
  • Directors: Birger Larsen
  • Writers: Klas Abrahamsson; Birger Larsen; Michael Hjorth and Tomas Tivemark
  • Producers: Martin Persson
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Zentropa Entertainments
  • DVD Release Date: January 2, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001OTZO7A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,900 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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One Step Behind is the 7th book in Henning Mankell's bestselling series about Kurt Wallander. The story begins with the death of Wallander's friend and colleague, Svedberg. Soon, dark and deep secrets emerge and it becomes obvious that Svedberg was murdered. This is the beginning of a journey where Wallander not only has to solve the murder of his friend but also, by doing that, discover who his friend really was. As the investigation proceeds, it is discovered that Svedberg's murder is connected with the killing of three teenagers earlier that summer. It soon becomes clear that the murderer will strike again. Entwined in a cat and mouse game, Wallander must use all his skill and intuition to find the murderer before more victims turn up. But in the end, Wallander frightingly realizes that he himself is indeed the last victim.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining police procedural February 10, 2010
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Thanks to Amazon for making one of the original Swedish Wallander film available to US fans!

First off, yes, the movie is produced as a DVDR by Amazon, but the quality all around is quite top-notch. The packing itself looks professional, and the video quality of the movie looks wonderful and doesn't suffer one bit. Buying a DVDR movie sounds strange, I'm sure, but Amazon produces a good product.

Secondly, and most importantly, the movie.


I've only seen one of the other original Wallander films - "The White Lioness", which is the only other one available in Region 1 with English subtitles. While that one looked rather...shoddy production-wise, "One Step Behind" is a huge step up. This movie is polished and slick, and looks beautiful.

Now, the story here has been tweaked somewhat, but not to the point where it detracts from the material. Another reviewer here criticizes the film for butchering the story and not following the novel at all. Frankly, I'd like to know what movie he/she was watching. Yes, there are changes made, but the story remains intact, and still deals with the murder of three teenagers and one of Wallander's colleagues, Svedberg, and the team must start investigating his life in order to understand his connection with these killings. There are characters added and others excised from the film, but again, nothing that detracts from the story. Though this film seems to skimp on Wallander's own personal dramas, they try to compensate by giving Wallander a coworker (not from the novels) whom he dated previously.

But none of the thrills or suspense are sacrificed. Having read the novel and watched the BBC version with Kenneth Branagh, I still enjoyed it thoroughly, and recommend it to all Mankell/Wallander fans out there.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars awful October 22, 2009
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I thought the Wallander detective story "One Step Behind" was one of Mankell's best. I've seen the BBC version and this Swedish version. This was just awful. The plot was completely trashed. Virtually rewritten, and for the worst. And this really was no Wallander. The BBC although lacking is better. And the "Firewall" episode you get there isn't too bad.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought this was excellent January 30, 2010
By Kristin
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I really enjoyed this movie. I liked it better than "The White Lioness"--another Wallendar movie. Rolf Lassgård is fun to watch. This Wallendar film had a lot of depth and I will watch it more than once.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Any Wallanderophile will enjoy this May 16, 2011
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I got this because I had already purchased the BBC version with Kenneth Branagh and wanted to compare the interpretation of the Wallander character between the two. I wasn't disappointed. Rolf Lassagard's Wallander was quite close to the one depicted in the novel, as was Branagh's. The story lines were quite different in overall direction and details.

I definitely recommend this dvd to all Mankell fans. I wish more of these original TV Wallander episodes would made available in the US.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suggestion September 15, 2013
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wish you would let customers just rate things without having to write a review. This is very annoying. I dont want to write a review to rate everything I watch or use from Amazon. Be like Netflix and give us the option of just using a star rating and write a review if we wish but do not require both. I dont have time to do both so I just dont do either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wallander Reincarnated November 7, 2012
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I have seen the Swedish Series Wallander and was astounded by it. I have seen the English Series with Kenneth Branagh and was amazed that they had not relocated the story to England, but kept it in Sweden where it is routed. This made for a much better retelling of the Wallander stories with some added ones. The film Wallander, One Step Behind was an exceptional piece. Like The Millenium Trilogy otherwise known as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Trilogy, I have found that I have a need for really top notch, edge of my seat fare and that it seems the Nordic sources seem to be the most cold bloodedly wonderful that I have ever experienced. Bravo, Sweden. (Note: Please let up on Mr. Assange.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah any Wallander fan will or should like it. September 22, 2012
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Ok yeah I have now seen al ost all the versions of Wallander. And naturally I do like the Swedish Johanna Sällström,
Krister Henriksson,
Ola Rapace....ones, all 26? of them. But I did like this Rolf one. Supposedly same story as One step Behind even though when played it said MIDSUMMERS EVE....". Whatever, same basic story as the Kennth B BBC one. I actually liked some of the new twists...or I suppose I should say old twists because this one came first. Quite complicated, subtitles zooming by fast...frankly if I had not read the book I may have been lost.
Also I did find the odd camera/flashback device very interesting...letting us "see" what Kurt was thinking...key to his type of intuitive solving know tha thing where Kalle appears on film as we hear him on tape or as Kurt FEELS him..his presence . I liked that. I supposed if this was the only Wallander that you just happened upon you might not get all the nuances of his character..the whole history, as it were...BUT it still would be an enjoyable film. Plus you are hugely luckily because now you got like 26 & 8 more to look forward too. I had to laugh when I read someone's comment about a random early Wallander...the guy commented " I liked the blonde woman cop"....this was the only episode he saw and was referring to an amazing..enchanting ...key actress Johanna, playing key key role of Linda. GAD....her she acts very much like herself, depressed..stressed...just fantastic ...and as many of you know kills tragic, so upsetting.......that blonde cop....gad....kinda lame....?....
So enjoy this one and then enjoy them all. I havemreadmall the books too. I assume you have found the fan site ?..[...]. Not sure if this will paste a link. It has nice lists to track all the versions...mostlynupmtomdate..except for season 3 kenneth B new ones. Sept 2012 in USA.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Kurt Lives!
Rolf Lassgard brilliantly captures Kurt Wallander. Screenplay is so-so - everything else is excellent. Read more
Published 10 days ago by L. K.
2.0 out of 5 stars SWEDISH VERSION
Fairly close to the book, as much as you can do with a movie. Slow moving, somehow translation leaves something to be desired. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Res Ipsa
3.0 out of 5 stars He's no Krister Henriksson
This was not nearly as satisfying as the Swedish Wallander series. But, if you are a Wallendar addict. You should watch it anyway.
Published 3 months ago by C. Matera
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! Absolutely Compelling!
The slow, tortuous path to the end is worth every minute of viewing. This, here, shows Wallander reflecting amongst all the secrets, the one, true friend who reveals they are all... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul Medus
2.0 out of 5 stars no comparison to the Krister Henriksson renditions and O that Ola...
Compared to the Henriksson series slow, glum, boring, almost like a parody of an
Bergman movie. Could not finish it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by T. Robinson
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
Mike R

Loved the Swedish version. BBC version was OK. This was the worst. Plot is terrible and you will feel like you lost an hour of your life watching it.
Published 7 months ago by Michael Rennick
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to keep up with the sub titles
It was Wallander - whats not to like?? Unfortunately, I prefer Kevin Branaugh and the English version better. The subtitles threw me off.
Published 7 months ago by M T Huff
5.0 out of 5 stars What evil lurks in the heart of man? Henning Mankell knows!...
Even amateurs can't screw up a Wallander story, contrary to what the pro's do in the USA. Maybe if Two and a Half Men,
Hostages, Criminal Minds, How I Met Your Mother, etc. Read more
Published 8 months ago by fchmdpc
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but not as good as the Other Swedish Version
I loved the Krister Henriksson, Johanna Sallstrom, Wallander series. This one is good too, and Steget Efter does a good Wallander (frankly, this was the fourth movie I saw with... Read more
Published 9 months ago by A Gamer at Heart
4.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't one step behind. It was midsummer murders
Very god but it wasn't the episode we expected to see tonight. This never happened before. Hope it doesn't happen again
Published 10 months ago by Joe Onofrey
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One Step Behind - Languages & Subtitles
I saw it with amazon instant video rental mad it has subtitles. It was great. Other wallander, bbc Kenneth B has no subtitles or CC.
Good luck with hard of hearing customers??
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