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THE SLINGSHOT


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  • Actors: Jesper Salen, Niclas Olund, Basia Frydman, Ernst Gunther, Stellan Skarsgard
  • Directors: Ake Sandgren
  • Producers: Waldemar Bergendahl, Miro Vostiar
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Swedish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: SPE
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2014
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HLT0YHM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,018 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A young boy growing up in 1920s Stockholm gets into trouble with bullies, schoolteachers and his family.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The Slingshot brings together a number of very interesting themes and issues. Its particularly unusual to see a depiction of committed socialist activists that does not paint them as evil incarnate, but rather as normal folks. Because we in the US are so uncritically anti-socialist (in any form and any context, even historically), we miss out on a very vibrant part of European AND American cultural history. The movie hilariously contrasts the boy's party-line parents with his own hyper-capitalist tendencies. Even though the movie is set in Sweden, my suspicion is that it comes far closer to representing what working class people in the US experienced in the 20s and 30s than most Hollywood films, which tend to sentimentalize and de-politicize daily life. In addition, the sub-plot concerning the movement to legalize birth control is both really funny, and somewhat sobering. All in all, I imagine the political content of this film would upset a few very conservative viewers even today--perhaps a good thing?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sir Hatton on May 11, 2008
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Treat yourself to a rare and wonderful entertainment, beautifully acted with heart, humor, and style. This movie evokes pity, compassion, and is emotionally moving. I give this film two thumbs and eight fingers up. The film is set in Stockholm during the 1930s. The following is an edited plot synopsis from the sleeve of the VHS box.
*Roland is twelve-years-old. His mother is a Russian Jew, his father is a Swedish Socialist, and his brother is a boxer. He lives in a society that considers his father's politics to be treason, his mother's religion to be blasphemy, and his brother uses him as a punching bag. Roland's rebellious ways gets him the special attention of his schoolteacher who always makes sure that he is punished. Roland is the victim of ceaseless bullying and prejudice but he's a survivor.
*When he's not busy being persecuted, the determined Roland is a budding inventor. Creating a powerful slingshot out of wire and two of his mother's contraband condoms, the young survival artist ultimately seizes on an ingenious way to turn the tables on his oppressors, which brings him fame, fortune, and trouble with the police. The film ends on a poignant note. Fantastic movie!!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 1999
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I enjoy renting foreign movies. They are very different than the ones produced in the USA. This story was almost tragic as we see the young innocent boy in this story being harrassed by his schoolmates and misunderstood by all those around him. Good acting -- I liked the good guys and hated the bad guys in this. If you like movies about boys growing up and learning about the world, you will love this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dexipuer on November 14, 2012
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I wanted so much more from this film. I wanted to care for the primary character as much as in My Life As A Dog and Fanny And Alexander. With the title and general synopsis I believed it was more was about his inventiveness and creativity. Maybe so much so that I waited for what didn't come and I was waiting for the shine.
Those around him were asses as a whole but I wanted him to rise up more, be so much more.
Think this is one where you really have to watch again to see nuances you may have missed the first time.
As I previously stated I was using the title to guide me but that's not what this movies about. It's family at its core and not a nice one, leastwise not one I liked. Well worth a view.
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