The Emigrants (Utvandrarna)
The Emigrants (Utvandrarna) (1971)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 8, 1971
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It's very slow, subtly acted, and if you can last the course, quite moving

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Infinitely absorbing and moving.

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TV Guide

One of the best films to show the tribulations, bravery and faith of the people who helped build this country.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Christopher Machell

Nowhere has the experience of European emigration to America been told so forcefully and definitively as in Swedish director Jan Troell's duo, The Emigrants and The New Land.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The acclaim for this 1971 151-minute revisionist epic on the settlement of America still mystifies me.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

physical and sensory components are essential to the film's dramatic effectiveness, and Troell weaves them quiet masterfully into the fabric of his characters' lives

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

A masterpiece about the other side of immigration.

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The Swedish "Little House" is aided by a European sensibility to be evenly paced and with great subtlety. A tale of a proud but not grandstanding… More