The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared

The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared

DVD - 2015 | Swedish
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When Allan lands in a nursing home, he refuses to celebrate his 100th birthday and instead escapes out a window to embark on a journey that involves a suitcase of cash and a gang of criminals. Flashbacks reveal that Allan played a key role in 20th century history when he was pals with U.S. presidents and Russian tyrants.

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misatim
May 17, 2018

Brilliant! an international Swedish centenarian forrest gump like film, but with more jokes.

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trotter73
Mar 29, 2018

It was a pleasant surprise for me. Wasn't sure what to expect going into the movie, but I liked the humour.

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missy2
Jan 26, 2018

Superior Forest Gump-like centenarian fantasy in which good prevails, evil gets punished, and others get a chance at enjoying life again. Moments of hyper violence, but funny moments dominate. Theme: breaking away from the restrictive life we find ourselves in — and the ex-circus elephant is an apt and clever symbol for this. Recommended.

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maipenrai
Oct 24, 2017

This amazing Swedish films is akin to the Coen Brothers on steroids. I have not laughed out loud so frequently during a film in ages. I felt guilty ( at first ) for laughing at the mayhem - think Fargo times 10 - then I simply enjoyed the film. I loved the way the old man bumbled through life impacting world history. Terrific movie!! Highly recommend!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

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pokano
Dec 31, 2016

Sweden's answer to Forrest Gump. Charming film.

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BridgettM
Oct 19, 2016

This funny Swedish film reminded me of Forrest Gump. It is worth the effort of having to read the subtitles. I have not read the adult fiction book of the same title on which it was based. The movie is rated R for language and some violence.

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dprodrig
Aug 31, 2016

This was a hoot, have watched it several times including with the kids. At 8 and 11, both were able to follow both the action and the subtitles without difficulty.

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kathrynmurdock
Aug 27, 2016

Fun and a comic nod : that all old people are not boing and dumb and incapacitated.

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JLMason
Aug 27, 2016

Bizarre, whimsical, and delightful little movie that lightly addresses the stereotypes of and assumptions about old people. Who knew this simple man had led such an interesting life? (Note: Casual, comedic violence and swearing are not suitable for young children.)

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Ron@Ottawa
Jul 27, 2016

A light-hearted comedy from Sweden. Good for a few laughs, and no more. Subtitles.

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jimg2000
Oct 10, 2015

Alan's place in the Manhattan Project supplemented from book:
Every week that spring, the most important military people met for hours with the leading physicists, led by chief scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, while Allan filled their coffee cups and listened. ...on one occasion, to his own surprise, he heard himself say:
Alan: Excuse me, but why don’t you divide the uranium into two equal parts? It just sort of slipped out, while he was pouring coffee into Robert Oppenheimer’s cup.
Oppenheimer: What did you say?
Alan: Well, if you divide the uranium into two equal parts and slap them together only when it is time, then they’ll explode when you want them to.
Oppenheimer: Equal parts?
Alan: Well, perhaps you have a point there, professor. The parts don’t have to be equal in size, the important thing is that they are big enough when they come together.

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jimg2000
Oct 10, 2015

-Regret doesn't do you much good, not unless you own a time machine. You know, regret doesn't undo the thing you regret doing.
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-So... who does the money belong to? You didn't win it in the lottery.
-So what? Does anyone really own anything? I mean, everything seems to change hands sooner or later.
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PM Erlander to Alan: Excuse me, I have to leave. The government is calling. That is to say, my wife.
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There was never anything classified in that bag. Both the Russians and the Americans emptied their trash cans straight into it.
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Alan: Not everyone gets that.
- What do you mean?
Alan: I mean, to have what you two have. Few are that lucky. Just go and tell her.

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jimg2000
Oct 10, 2015

Alan: The very first person to scream at me was my mother. I don't remember it, but I'm sure she did. I'm sure I screamed too. I guess that is what babies do when they arrive in the world. I didn't get much time to hear my father scream. ...
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Mother: You sound like your father, Allan. He was always thinking for no good reason. And see how he ended up. Thinking will get you nowhere. The only sure thing is that it is what it is. And that it will be what it will be.
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Malmkping retirement home staff to cop who just wanted to go: Can you imagine? Running away from his own party! And I've spent so much time and effort on him, and he just disappears. We bought a huge marzipan cake, good for 40 people at the very least. We ordered it for him, because he likes marzipan cake. We usually get cream cakes. Marzipan gets stuck in old folks' teeth. What do I do with that cake now? The old folks here can't eat marzipan. I could consider a Black Forest cake, but it's not my birthday. ...

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