It's a milestone in Denmark. One of the most popular (if not the most popular) series of movies here. Everybody knows Olsen-Banden, young and old. Everybody can hum the theme, I'm sure. And even better; Olsen-Banden is a local-movie (all of them really), as it's set in Valby, which is just a few kilometers from here. Of course it can't be compared to some of the serious movies from Denmark in recent years, but this was the way we made movies back then.
Now, the production company (Nordisk Film) has just released the first four movies on DVD recently, and the rest are to follow. And it was about time, if you ask me! So what better time to write about the movie than now?
I'm not that crazy about this first movie. I can't deny that it all started with this one, so it's got my respect.
Egon Olsen's got a plan, and it's a good plan. The plan is to steal a German piece of art displayed at a Danish museum. It's not as easy as it would sound, since this piece of art is secured by the most modern anti-theft devices, and a direct alarm to the police. So of course the details has to be carefully planned at first. The only problem is that Egon's surrounded by amateurs and idiots. Anyway, typical Danish comedy-style of its time, though a bit weak, as the insults and characters ain't fully developed in this first movie. I'd recommend movie 3-13 of the series instead, as they're much more enjoyable.
"Sir, jeg vil gerne reportere at... SIR, NU KOMMER DER ET TOG!" "Sir, I'd like to report that... SIR, INCOMING TRAIN!" The enjoyable scene where Hr. Mortensen is trying to report back to his chief in a phone-booth, and a lone train-wagon derails and smashes into the phone-booth and his car.