Rail Workers

Rail Workers (Swedish: Rallare) is a 1947 Swedish drama film directed by Arne Mattsson and starring Victor Sjöström, John Elfström and Gunnel Broström.[1][2] It was shot at the Råsunda Studios in Stockholm. The film's sets were designed by the art director Nils Svenwall. It is based on the 1946 novel Nordanvind by Olle Länsberg.

Rail Workers
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Directed byArne Mattsson
Written byRune Lindström
Gardar Sahlberg
Arne Mattsson
Based onNordanvind by Olle Länsberg
Produced byHarald Molander
StarringVictor Sjöström
John Elfström
Gunnel Broström
CinematographyMartin Bodin
Edited byOscar Rosander
Music bySven Sköld
Distributed bySvensk Filmindustri
Release date
26 December 1947
Running time
108 minutes


In 1902 a team of navvies work on the construction of a new railway line from Luleå on the Gulf of Bothnia in Northern Sweden to Narvik on the Norwegian Sea, then under Swedish sovereignty. Valfrid, from Southern Sweden, is ostracised by the other workers and their informal leader Stora Ballong.



  1. ^ Qvist & Von Bagh p.134
  2. ^ McIlroy p.71


  • McIlroy, Brian. World Cinema: Sweden. Flicks Books, 1986.
  • Qvist, Per Olov & von Bagh, Peter. Guide to the Cinema of Sweden and Finland. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000.

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