The Element of Crime

The Element of Crime (1984)

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Science Fiction
  • Release Date: 1984-05-18
  • User Rating: 6.404/10 from 172 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 44min
  • Language: العربية
  • Production Company: Det Danske Filminstitut
  • Production Country: Denmark
  • Director: Lars von Trier
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Fisher, an ex-detective, decides to take one final case when a mysterious serial killer claims the lives of several young girls. Fisher, unable to find the culprit, turns to Osbourne, a writer who was once respected for his contributions to the field of criminology. Fisher begins to use Osbourne's technique, which involves empathizing with serial killers; however, as the detective becomes increasingly engrossed in this method, things take a disturbing turn.

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  • Michael Elphick

    as Fisher
  • Esmond Knight

    as Osborne
  • Me Me Lai

    as Kim
  • Jerold Wells

    as Kramer
  • Ahmed El Shenawi

    as Therapist
  • Janos Hersko

    as Coroner
  • Stig Larsson

    as Coroner's Assistant
  • Harry Harper

    as Portier 1
  • Roman Moszkowicz

    as Portier 2
  • Lars von Trier

    as Schmuck of Ages
  • Frederik Casby

    as White Policeman
  • Duke Addabayo

    as Black Policeman
  • Jon Bang Carlsen

    as Angry Policeman
  • Leif Magnusson

    as Hotel Guest
  • Preben Lerdorff Rye

    as Grandfather
  • Camilla Overbye

    as Lotto Girl 1
  • Maria Behrendt

    as Lotto Girl 2
  • Mogens Rukov

    as Librarian
  • Gotha Andersen

    as Judge
Writing Lars von Trier Screenplay
Directing Lars von Trier Director
Costume & Make-Up Manon Rasmussen Costume Design
Sound Morten Degnbol Sound Engineer
Crew Lasse Spang Olsen Stunts
Camera Otto Stenov Grip
Production Per Holst Executive Producer
Writing Niels Vørsel Screenplay
Sound Bo Holten Music
Camera Tom Elling Director of Photography
Directing Åke Sandgren Assistant Director
Editing Michael Frank Nielsen Color Grading
Editing Tómas Gislason Editor
Sound Tómas Gislason Sound Editor
Art Peter Høimark Production Design
Crew Peter Høimark Special Effects
Production Sanne Arnt Torp Production Manager
Production Per Årman Production Manager
Costume & Make-Up Birte Christensen Makeup Artist
Camera Steen Møller Rasmussen Camera Operator
Sound Iben Haahr Andersen Sound Engineer
Production Liz Cassidy Casting
Crew Steven Wakelam Translator
Crew William Quarshie Translator
Camera Søren Berthelin Camera Operator
Art Tove Robert Rasmussen Property Master
Lighting Eg Norre Lighting Technician
Lighting Jan Guldbrandsen Electrician
Lighting Jens Gielow Gaffer
Lighting Flemming Bruhn Pedersen Gaffer
Editing Jack Thuesen Assistant Editor
Directing Stine Monty Continuity
Camera John Johansen Still Photographer
Crew O.J. Victor Stunts
Sound Peter Englesson Assistant Sound Engineer