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The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

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Powered by the antics of a mischievous centenarian on the run, comic fable The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared abounds with irreverent charm. After a long and colorful life working in munitions and getting entangled in the Spanish Civil War, the Manhattan Project, and other definitive events of the 20th century, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home. Determined to escape on his 100th birthday, he leaps out of a window and onto the nearest bus, kicking off an unexpected journey involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some wicked criminals, and an elephant named Sonya. Like an unruly Nordic cousin of Forrest Gump, Allan’s youthful escapades and current adventures weave together into an offbeat treat for anyone who’s young at heart. Starring beloved comedian Robert Gustafsson, this fanciful spin on world history is based on a best-selling novel and also the highest-grossing Swedish film of all time.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

“Eccentric, wry and highly entertaining. Another quality release from Music Box Films, which boasts a blemish-free record in finding and dispensing world cinema with a pedigree.”

John Anderson


“Irreverent and frequently outrageous. Clever and thoroughly crowd-pleasing.”

Peter Debruge


“An explosive comedy...A hoot and a half.”

Betsy Sharkey

Los Angeles Times

Critcs’ Pick!

Neil Genzlinger

New York Times

“A start-to-finish rocket-speed riot.”

Colin Covert

Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A quirky comic odyssey with a winningly off-kilter sense of humor.”

Charles Bramesco

The Dissolve

“Savagely amusing...delightfully absurd. It dazzles with the sweep of history.”

Kurt Halfyard


“An absurdist comic fable about an ordinary man who keeps stumbling into extraordinary circumstances.”

David Rooney

Hollywood Reporter

“The humor of this film is delivered with such deadpan panache that it’s irresistible…has a good eye for the madcap, and maintains a constant breezy mood.”

Demetrios Matheou

Screen Daily

Winner - Audience Award - Chicago International Film Festival 2014

Winner - Audience Award - 2015 Flordia Film Festival

Winner - Audience Favorite - World Cinema Indie Silver Award - Mill Valley Film Festival

Cast & Crew
  • Allan Karlsson : Robert Gustafsson
  • Julius Johnson : Iwar Wiklander
  • Benny : David Wiberg
  • Gunilla : Mia Skäringer
  • Gäddan : Jens Hultén
  • Pim : Alan Ford
  • Director : Felix Herngren
  • Screenplay : Felix Herngren & Hans Ingemansson, Jonas Jonasson (Novel)
  • Producers : Malte Forssell, Felix Herngre, Henrik Jansson-Schweizer, Patrick Nebout
  • Director of Photography : Göran Hallberg
  • Editing : Henrik Källberg
  • Costume Designer : Madeleine Kihlbom Thor
  • Make-up Artists : Eva Von Bahr & Love Larson
  • Music : Matti Bye
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2013
  • Release Date : May 8, 2015
  • Countries of Production : Sweden
  • Languages : English, French, German, Swedish, Italian, Russian
  • Running Time : 114 Minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 2.35:1
  • Sound : Dolby Digital Color 5.1
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : R For Language and Some Violence
DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features

The Making of The 100 Year-Old Man

Interview with Robert Gustafsson

Interview with Felix Herngren

Theatrical Trailer