The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011 film)

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Fincher
Produced by
Screenplay bySteven Zaillian
Based onThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson
Music by
CinematographyJeff Cronenweth
Edited by
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • December 12, 2011 (2011-12-12) (Odeon Leicester Square)
  • December 20, 2011 (2011-12-20) (United States)
  • December 21, 2011 (2011-12-21) (Sweden)
Running time
158 minutes[1]
  • United States
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
Budget$90 million[2]
Box office$232.6 million[2]

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2011 psychological crime thriller film based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson. This film adaptation was directed by David Fincher and with a screenplay by Steven Zaillian. Starring Daniel Craig as journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, it tells the story of Blomkvist's investigation to find out what happened to a woman from a wealthy family who disappeared 40 years prior. He recruits the help of Salander, a computer hacker.

Sony Pictures Entertainment began development on the film in 2009. It took the company a few months to obtain the rights to the novel, while recruiting Zaillian and David Fincher. The casting process for the lead roles was exhaustive and intense; Craig faced scheduling conflicts, and a number of actresses were sought for the role of Lisbeth Salander. The script took over six months to write, which included three months of analyzing the novel.

Critics gave the film favorable reviews, praising its bleak tone and lauding Craig and Mara's performances. With a production budget of $90 million the film grossed $232.6 million worldwide. The film was chosen by National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2011 and was a candidate for numerous awards, winning, among others, the Academy Award for Best Film Editing,[3] while Mara's performance earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.[4][5][6]


In Stockholm, disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist is recovering from the legal and professional fallout of a libel suit brought against him by businessman Hans-Erik Wennerström, straining Blomkvist's relationship with his business partner and lover, Erika Berger. Lisbeth Salander, a brilliant but antisocial investigator and hacker, compiles an extensive background check on Blomkvist for the wealthy Henrik Vanger, who offers Blomkvist evidence against Wennerström in exchange for an unusual task: investigate the 40-year-old disappearance and presumed murder of Henrik's grandniece, Harriet. Blomkvist agrees, and moves into a cottage on the Vanger family estate on Hedestad Island.

Salander's state-appointed guardian, Holger Palmgren, suffers a stroke, and is replaced by Nils Bjurman, a sadist who controls Salander's finances and extorts sexual favors by threatening to have her institutionalized. Unaware she is secretly recording one of their meetings, Bjurman brutally rapes her. At their next meeting, Salander tasers Bjurman, binds him to his bed, anally rapes him with a metallic dildo, and tattoos "rapist pig" across his torso. She then blackmails him into securing her independence and having no further contact with her.

Blomkvist explores the island and interviews various Vanger family members. He uncovers a list of names and numbers, that his visiting daughter, Pernilla notices is Bible verse references. Blomkvist discovers that Salander had researched him illegally, but rather than report it, he hires her as his research assistant. She uncovers a connection between the list and numerous young women brutally murdered from 1947 to 1967, indicating a serial killer. One morning, Blomkvist finds the mutilated corpse of his adopted cat on the doorstep. Another night, while walking outdoors, a bullet grazes his forehead; after Salander tends his wounds, they have sex. Blomkvist begins to suspect Martin, Harriet's brother and operational head of the Vanger empire. Salander uncovers evidence that Harriet's late father, Gottfried, and later Martin, committed the murders.

Blomkvist breaks into Martin's house to obtain more proof, but Martin arrives and catches him. He forces Blomkvist into his specially prepared basement, placing him in restraints. Martin reveals his father's abusive indoctrination, and brags about killing women for decades but denies murdering Harriet. As Martin is about to kill Blomkvist, Salander arrives, attacking Martin and forcing him to flee in his SUV. Salander, on her motor bike, pursues Martin until he runs off the road and is killed. Salander nurses Blomkvist back to health and begins opening up to him. As a child, she was institutionalized after attempting to burn her father alive.

They deduce that Harriet is alive and in hiding; traveling to London, they confront Harriet's cousin, Anita, only to discover that she is Harriet. Harriet reveals that her father and brother sexually abused her for years, and that Martin witnessed her killing their father in self-defense. Her cousin, Anita, smuggled her off the island and let Harriet assume her identity in London, though Anita and her husband were later killed in a car accident. Finally free of her brother, Harriet returns to Sweden and tearfully reunites with Henrik.

As promised, Henrik gives Blomkvist information against Wennerström, but it proves outdated and ultimately useless; Salander then hacks Wennerström's accounts, finds Blomkvist the evidence he needs and, traveling to Switzerland in disguise, removes two billion euros from Wennerström's secret accounts. Wennerström is later murdered in an apparent gangland shooting. Salander visits the recovering Palmgren, telling him that she has made a friend he would approve, and she is happy. On her way to give Blomkvist a Christmas present, Salander sees him with Erika. Salander tosses the gift into a dumpster and leaves on her motorbike.

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