Göta kanal eller Vem drog ur proppen?

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Göta kanal eller Vem drog ur proppen?
File:Göta kanal.jpg
Swedish DVD-cover.
Directed by Hans Iveberg
Produced by Göran Lindström
Written by Hans Iveberg
Music by Björn Isfält
Cinematography Petter Davidson
Edited by Roger Sellberg
Release dates
  • 18 December 1981 (1981-12-18)
Running time
99 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish
Box office SEK 27,609,579 (Sweden)

Göta kanal eller Vem drog ur proppen? (English: Göta Canal or Who Pulled the Plug?) is a 1981 Swedish comedy film directed by Hans Iveberg and starring Janne 'Loffe' Carlsson and Kim Anderzon.

Plot summary

A rich Arab wants to place a huge order of 1000 motorboats. The multinational Uniship and the smaller company Anderssons båtvarv compete for the contract. When the buyer can't reach a decision he wants the boats to compete in a race from Stockholm, through Göta kanal, to Göteborg. The winner of the race will win the contract. The competitors are ready to win at all cost.

Cast (selection)

Carina crew

Uniship crew



Filming took place between 13 July - 30 September 1981.

The two boats in the film are Orrskär 1000 (Carina) and Storebro's Storö 31 Baltic (Uniship).

A documentary, Hur dom drog ur proppen, was made about the, by Swedish means, advanced stunts.[1]


It's hard and an unnecessary waste of space to grade this misery. Hardest, perhaps, is to watch prominent actors make cameos as imbecile canal guardians without succeeding transforming the idiocy to humour.

— Hanserik Hjertén in Dagens Nyheter 19 December 1981

The film was a huge success in Sweden and was seen by over 1.5 million people. Two sequels were made, in 2006 and 2009.

The audience criticized the film for the sound. The film's screen writer and director Hans Iveberg answered in Expressen by blaming the tradition in Swedish film making where sound almost resembles that of radio theatre.[1]

In 1983 an article in Eskilstuna-Kuriren reported about a conference where the use of product placement in the film was an issue. There was discussions on whether the film should be taxed for this. Iveberg denied being sponsored but Urban Jäfvert and Per Håkansson at University of Stockholm had confirmed that products were exposed in the film in exchange for the crew using them.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Svensk filmdatabas. Entry on Göta Kanal eller Vem drog ur proppen?. Retrieved 15 November 2008.

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