The Emigrants
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Director/writer Jan Troell's expansive saga deals with the Larsen family, who during the 19th century famine in Sweden emigrate to the more fertile fields of Minnesota. With painstaking detail, the director follows the Larsens as they make the perilous (and, to some of their fellow immigrants, fatal) journey by foot, steamer, train, and paddle boat. The film, which originally ran 190 minutes but was pared down to 150 by its director for American consumption, earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Direction, and Best Actress… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's very slow, subtly acted, and if you can last the course, quite moving"
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Infinitely absorbing and moving."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A masterpiece about the other side of immigration."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"The Emigrants is a stately, pictorially romantic chronicle of the lives of a small group of peasants for whom existence at home becomes so tenuous that emigration seems the only solution."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"One of the best films to show the tribulations, bravery and faith of the people who helped build this country."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The acclaim for this 1971 151-minute revisionist epic on the settlement of America still mystifies me."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Harsh yet poetic, Jan Troell's epic saga about Swedish emigration to America in the 19th century is superbly acted by Ullmann and Von Sydov, deservedly receiving Oscar nominations for best foreign-language and best picture."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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