Leif (film)

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Leif movie poster.jpg
Directed byClaes Eriksson
Produced byWaldemar Bergendahl
Written byClaes Eriksson
StarringAnders Eriksson
Kerstin Granlund
Claes Eriksson
Knut Agnred
Per Fritzell
Peter Rangmar
Jan Rippe
Laila Westersund
Kimmo Rajala
Music byClaes Eriksson
CinematographyDan Myhrman
Distributed byAB Svensk Filmindustri
Svenska Filminstitutet
Release date
  • June 26, 1987 (1987-06-26)
Running time
108 minutes
Country Sweden

Leif is a 1987 Swedish comedy film directed by Claes Eriksson and the first to star the members of Galenskaparna och After Shave.


Gunnar Volt (Anders Eriksson), the head of the weapons factory Kanoner & Krut ("Cannons & Gunpowder") in the small community of Rotum plans for the upcoming demonstration of a new weapon called "The Fighting Egg". However, this is interrupted by an article in the local newspaper where the signature Leif claims that the company engaged in the illegal arms trade. The name Rotum spelled backwards is mutor, which is the Swedish word for bribes. When Inspector Mård (Peter Rangmar) and his assistant Nilsson (Jan Rippe), two police officers from Stockholm, comes to the town hell breaks out. At the same time two Iranians arrives to the office to close a deal, when the police knocks at the door. Volt, the deputy directors Max Kroger (Claes Eriksson) and Rambo (Knut Agnred) flees through the window with the Iranians. After stealing some clothes they head to Volt's brother Håkan (Per Fritzell), which operates in the entertainment industry.

Later, after a series of incidents like Volt's wife Doris (Kerstin Granlund) giving birth to their son, they decide to confront Leif at the demonstration of their latest weapons. After a car chase between the main characters and the Iranians, Volt finds out that he is Leif. The film ends with Volt quitting the weapons industry to start selling Japanese dance bands.



The film's story proved to compare fairly well with reality. Around the same time as it was filmed media uncovered the Bofors scandal. Regarding this, one can amuse themselves with reading the place name backwards, as it says mutor which is Swedish for bribes.

At the start of the film there is an animation that seems to be inspired by the animated introduction to Monty Python's Life of Brian. The name "Brian", is replaced with "Leif".

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