PusherAugust 30, 1996
A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.
Release Year: 1996
Rating: 7.4/10 (9,446 voted)
Nicolas Winding Refn
Stars: Kim Bodnia, Zlatko Buric, Laura Drasbæk
Frank is a drug pusher on the roll, until he makes a huge deal with dope that he hasn't payed for, and he gets busted by the police. He manages to dump the dope in a nearby lake, but he owes his supplier a lot of money (not a nice guy to owe money too). Now we follow Frank in his quest to raise money in the underworld of Copenhagen.
Writers: Jens Dahl, Nicolas Winding Refn
Thomas Bo Larsen
Nicolas Winding Refn
(as Jang Go Star)
You don't have a chance. Seize it!
Release Date: 30 August 1996
Filming Locations: Copenhagen, Denmark
Box Office Details
Budget: DKK 6,000,000
Opening Weekend: $1,656
(9 May 1999)
(16 May 1999)
Did You Know?
Dedicated to Peter Refn (1941-1994), Nicolas Winding Refn's uncle.
When Frank enters the room and sits down next to sleeping Vic, he grabs her left leg and shakes it, but in the following shot, he drops her right leg.
[pulls a gun]
I need your money and your drugs.
Oh, man. Now you've lost it.
"You've got no chance! Grab it!" Yes, I love it and its personal!
Wow, I've just watched it. Probably, it'd be better to just lay back,
think about the movie and, only after cooling down on emotions, review
But not this one.
"Pusher" tells us the story of, perhaps, the worst week of Frank's
life, a 'middleweight' dealer caught in an unpayable debt to pay to
Eastern European type mafia. And as his story unfolds, your blood
pressure will rise just like the incredible tension increasing
throughout the movie. No wonder, the debt grows higher and higher every
day. Will Frank be able to ever repay it? Its just like the tag-line
"You've got no chance! Grab it!"
The fresh thing about this movie is that it shows what is actually
happening somewhere in the middle of the 'food-chain' of drug dealing.
Not at the top, covered by movies such as Casino, Scarface, Blow, or
any other high budget movie made in Hollywood. After all Copenhagen is
just not a world of amazing luxury and incredible piles of coke here
and there. But the movie doesn't follow another cliché' either. It
doesn't show us the bottom, where junkies scavenge on each other, sell
their mothers for a gram of heroin, a topic which is usually covered by
some low-budget off-movies.
Pusher is the ultimate, pure, refined truth about drug dealing. I have
a personal experience, myself being for a time an immigrant into
Denmark (I've never been a criminal or ever wanted to be, though, just
to clarify that matter). And some guys, that I've came across upon
coming here, went into this businesses and well, they all hit rock
bottom. OK, the movie is hard to get into with its dramatic realism,
but I assure you: this movie is as close to coarse truth and gritty
reality as it gets!