Göta kanal eller Vem drog ur proppen? (English: Göta Canal or Who Pulled the Plug?) is a Swedish comedy film which was released to cinemas in Sweden on 18 December 1981 directed by Hans Iveberg and starring Janne 'Loffe' Carlsson and Kim Anderzon.
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.
Janne 'Loffe' Carlsson - Janne Andersson
Kim Anderzon - Lena Andersson
Stig Ossian Ericson - Sigurd
Yvonne Lombard - Rut
Nils Eklund - Rune
Stig Engström - Björn H:son Larsson
Magnus Härenstam - Peter Black, kronofogde
Rolv Wesenlund - Ole
Per Oscarsson - Exportföreningens representant
Georg Rydeberg - Gustav, slussvakt
Peter Harryson - Polis
Svante Grundberg - Kanotisten
Lars Amble - Leif Andersson
Marie Göranzon - Astrid Ohlson
Frank Andersson - Man i båt
Kent Andersson - Göteborgare
Weiron Holmberg - Göteborgare
Gösta Engström - Husvagnskille
Sune Mangs - Serviceman
Bertil Norström - Slussvakt
Anders Nyström - Tage, fiskare
Bosse Parnevik - Carl XVI Gustaf
Christer Lindarw - Queen Silvia
Anna-Lotta Larsson - Spådam
Ulf Brunnberg - Båtpolis
Michael Segerström - Slussvakt
Mona Seilitz - Sivan
Johan Thorén - stuntman
Jannis Pesketzis - Grek
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.
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.
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.
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.