(Jim & the Pirates Blom)

Sweden, 92 minutes, 1987

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Hans Alfredson


Jonas Åkerblom - Jim
Ewa Fröling - Siv, Jim's Mother
Jan Malmsjö - Ove Bengtsson
Mats Bergman - Dummer-Jöns
Stig Olin - Potatis-Algot
Stellan Skarsgård - Gustav, Jim's Father
Hans Alfredson - Kolavippen
Lena T. Hansson - Inez
Kenneth Milldoff - Bruno
Catharina Alinder - Lisa
My Skarsgård - Mother
Sam Skarsgård - Little child


Hans Alfredson & Stellan Skarsgård based on stories from the comic strip


12 February 1987 in Sweden


The death of Jim’s father weighs on his heart like a heavy black stone. But Jim has a wonderful imagination which magically transports him to the land where his father now lives – a land filled with adventure...

In Sweden, the popular post-WWII newspaper cartoon strip created by Steve Terry was known as Jim & the Pirates instead of Terry and the Pirates, its U.S. moniker. In this children's story based on some of the stories from that strip, a pre-teen boy receives counseling from his dead father's ghost on how to cope with new developments in his life from his mother's getting a new boyfriend to the fine art of chopping onions. The boy learns a pretty good trick from his father's shade which enables him to use his imagination to turn a boring birthday party into an ocean adventure among pirates.    ...All Movie Guide





"This is a very well-made film... clearly one of the best children's films made in this country... A believable depiction of childhood with a big heart and an invaluable message."

"As a whole, it is a rather sweet film that touches on something that children also need to know, namely death. Had I seen it as a child, I would surely have loved it."

"A great children's film. Hans Alfredson and Stellan Skarsgård make fantastic contributions."

"Alfredson was able to make a distinctive film in perhaps any genre, and this time he successfully infused a fresh breath of children's adventure and great imagination into his work. A story full of strange take-offs, partly about things between heaven and earth."

"This is one of the few children's films where death is so constantly present. Hans Alfredson takes a comic approach to it: he plays Kolavippen himself, who lifts the mourning stones out of people's chests and drives them away on his flatbed moped... It is not entirely impossible that the film's black undertone was Alfredson's own way of processing the grief of his colleague and best friend Tage Danielsson (1928–1985), who had passed away two years earlier."