The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

March 19th 2010
  • Suspense/Thriller,
  • Unrated,
  • 152 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Peter Haber, Sven-Bertil Taube, Peter Andersson, Ingvar Hirdwall, Marika Lagercrantz, Björn Granath, Ewa Fröling, Michalis Koutsogiannakis, Annika Hallin, Sofia Ledarp, Tomas Köhler, David Dencik, Stefan Sauk, Gösta Bredefeldt, Fredrik Ohlsson, Jacob Ericksson, Gunnel Lindblom, Reuben Sallmander, Yasmine Garbi, Georgi Staykov, Nina Norén, Emil Almén, Mikael Rahm, Willie Andréason, Lennart R. Svensson
  • Director: Niels Arden Oplev
  • Writers: Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg
  • Producer: Søren Stærmose
  • Associate Producer: Jenny Gilbertsson
  • Executive Producers: Anni Faurbye Fernandez, Lone Korslund, Peter Nadermann, Ole Søndberg, Mikael Wallen
  • Casting: Tusse Lande
  • Costume Design: Cilla Rörby
  • D.O.P.: Eric Kress
  • Editor: Anne Østerud
  • Makeup: Jenny Fred
  • Music: Jacob Groth
  • Production Design: Niels Sejer


First film in the Millennium trilogy. Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate.

When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vanger’s are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Marbella, Spain; Stockholm, Sweden
  • Production Budget: $13 million
  • Production Companies: Danish Filminstitute, Danmarks Radio, Film i Väst, Filmpool Stockholm Mälardalen, Nordisk Film, Sveriges Television, Swedish Film Institute, TV2 Norge, Yellow Bird Films, ZDF Enterprises
  • Production Schedule: 26 February 2008 - April 2008

Featured Articles


2010 Guide Analysis: "What could be the next cross-Atlantic foreign-language hit of "Tell No-One" proportions if marketed right, Oplev's film adaptation of the international literary sensation is a thoroughly engaging mystery thriller and a solid translation of the first of Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy of novels.

One of the more entertaining film going experiences I had this year, the cinematography and production values of 'Girl' are excellent and the performances are solid, especially Rapace's effective if somewhat simplified interpretation of the novel's truly fascinating Lisbeth Salander character.

Be warned though, this is a dark whodunit with some disturbing themes of misogyny, serial murder and corruption. For example there's a brutal rape scene involving the female lead that's very difficult to watch, but later on she gets some brilliantly creative revenge.

At 153 minutes it's a long film and to be fair has a few problems, from a religious ritual killing angle that doesn't work to the typical difficulty of any adaptation to not fully convey atmosphere-rich prose.

The film does however perfectly straddle that line of being just mainstream enough to pull in a sizeable audience and certainly good enough to please a lot of critics and arthouse filmgoers, but it will have to be handled carefully or risk alienating both groups."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 27 February 2009: Denmark, Sweden
  • 13 March 2009: Norway
  • 27 March 2009: Finland
  • 13 May 2009: France
  • 20 May 2009: Belgium
  • 29 May 2009: Italy, Spain
  • 24 July 2009: Iceland
  • 6 August 2009: Netherlands
  • 24 September 2009: Portugal
  • 1 October 2009: Germany, Greece
  • 5 November 2009: Poland
  • 1 January 2010: Japan
  • 12 March 2010: UK