Pusher [1996]

PusherThe first of Nicolas Winding Refn’s astute career…Pusher was initially slated as a 10-minute short with the director in the lead role.


Film #147 of 2013

PusherDirector: Nicolas Winding Refn  Cast: Kim Bodnia [Frank], Mads Mikkelsen [Tonny] & Zlatko Buric [Milo]

Plot: A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord. Source IMDB.com

80Hipster Review: Pusher is a primal heart pounding crime story that follows the life of drug dealer Frank, (a younger looking Tony Soprano and grit to match) who for one week attempts to undo a deal gone bad to pay off his nefarious boss…there’s a reason Nicolas Winding Refn is one of the best filmmakers working today, this is an early example of his raw talent. Watched June 05, 2013.



“I took a knife, stabbed it in his kneecap and teared the shit up. Sometimes, I’d like to have another job. Believe me. ” Radovan



  • Except for a junkie committing suicide, it’s not as gruesome as you would expect
  • Vic, a beautiful champagne girl played by Laura Drasbæk
  • The RESPECT tattoo on the back of Mads Mikkelsen’s head
  • Roundhouse kicks, Cognac, mother jokes, air guitar and robbing gym rats
  • Hints of Refn’s later work within the soundtrack and sketchily told story

Biggest Surprise: This movie was remade by Luis Prieto, starring Richard Coyle and Agyness Deyn…why oh why?

Biggest Let Down: Ends on a cliffhanger…the second film comes 8 years later.

Does the guy get the hot girl in the end? We’ll never know…

Worth a Blu-ray purchase? I’m waiting patiently for the box set of the trilogy.

Similar to: Pusher 2 [2004], Pusher 3 [2005].

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Thanks for stopping by. Until next time my pusher friends, Chris

Posted on August 7, 2013, in 1996, Movies watched in 2013 and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.

  1. Such a raw, brilliant film. Refn is easily one of the best in the game today. Excellent as always!

  2. I still have to watch this trilogy, I don’t know what is taking me so long considering I am a fan of Refn and Mads Mikkelsen

  3. Well done for giving this some exposure; great movie.

  4. Wow, looks good. Gotta check it out!

  5. I really need to get on this one. Great work in bringing some attention it’s way, Chris.

  6. Excellent review for an awesome movie!

  7. Been meaning to watch this for a while. Good work Chris.

  8. Is this before this guy got really full of himself?

  9. Someone just mentioned this film on the OGF review from Ted, and I sauntered here and see this, ahah. Hmmm, I like Mads but I think Refn’s films just aren’t my cup of tea, sorry Chris.


    You know I hated Only God Forgives….. I don’t know about this. Does everyone just stand there and stare at each other?

  11. Good review. As you saw with my review, I liked it but I didn’t love it. The second one, for some odd reason, remains my favorite. But you already know that.

  12. Nice job buddy. I havent seen the remake but I’m aware some british model is in it. Not even that pretty……

  13. It is like Only God Forgives except stuff happens in this one ;-)

    When you gonna write up Valhalla Rising that is probably my second favorite Refn film?

  14. Ooh sounds interesting…

  15. I think I need to see all three.

  16. Good set of three reviews. :-) I didn’t know a thing about these! I do like Drive although these sound very much not my sort of thing.

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