I watched Pusher I, II and III in the same week, fascinated by the realism. All these criminals are not Al Capone or God Father like, they are common gangsters in Copenhagen, also not the vice city you would think of.
I put the picture of the main character of the three movies. Even if you don’t see him a lot in the second movie, that the story is not built around him in the first, and that only the third movie has him as the main character, he is, along the trilogy, the only one you will see and see again.
So in a way, he is the core character of the trilogy, a lot of the plot depends upon him.
I forgot to say that this is again a Winding Refn movie, so be prepared to follow real characters at their own pace.
The first and second movies also show Mads Mikkelsen, you have surely saw him in Casino Royale (2006) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). But it is interesting to discover him before he became a major actor.
And this is another thing I love about these movies, you really focus on the characters because they are not played by famous actors, and they are anyway really, really good.
In Pusher I, you follow Frank, a local dealer which got in trouble after a failed deal. This is where Milo comes into play to get back his money, of course he doesn’t do it himself, he has Radovan to make sure the debts are paid.
Frank (Kim Bodnia) is pretty much a bad guy, not a cruel or a psychotic one, but quite cold-hearted and self-centred.
You understand this by how he behaves with his girlfriend, Vic, who is a call girl.
I felt like in the video game GTA (Grand Theft Auto) in the first movie. Frank is like your character at the beginning of a GTA game. Small deals, no a lot of weapons, working always in the same street. Quite funny.
Tonny (Mads Mikkelsen), is the dumb one. Immature, quite stupid, he is violently beaten up by Frank after the failed deal. I was sure he was dead, but he is the main character of the second movie where you understand why he has no self-confidence, and why as a consequence he became the moron everybody wanted him to became, and to stay.
Then Milo, played by Zlatko Buric, who by the way really took drugs during the shooting. You saw him in the two first movies as the local kingpin and main dealer of Copenhagen, but in the third movie you go deeper into the character, into the man.
He is trying to stop drugs and has a lot of problems with the Albanian, the new criminal faction in the city.
You see the evolution, in the first and second movie, this is a local criminal organization made of people who know well each other, while in the third movie this local criminal group has to compete with a world-wide mafia which intend to set its business in Copenhagen. Of course, the Albanian are far more violent and sneaky than Milo who is also a father, and who was not mixed up with young women trafic and synthetic drugs.
This trilogy is really a masterpiece. I didn’t watch the remake in English of 2012 because it seems bad. There is a logic, a unity behind these three movies. This is a common criminal story in an European style.
If you like gangsters/mafia movies, I really recommend you to watch Pusher 😉
I will give you Milo and his henchman (Radovan) as NPC against your players.
Because a PC has to always pay his debts 😉
Attributes: Agility d4, Smart d10, Spirit d8, Strenght d6,Vigor d6
Skills: Fighting d6, Gambling d6, Intimidation d6, Knowledge (Criminality) d10, Notice d6, Persuasion d6, Shooting d4, Streetwise d10, Taunt d4
Charisma: 2; Pace: 6; Parry: 5; Toughness: 6
Hindrances: Major habit (cocaine)
Edges: Rich, Charismatic
Gear: A restaurant, a nice car, a big house, 5 henchmen (including Radovan) and a lot of cocaine.
To play Milo, keep in mind he seems like the friend guy but will not hesitate to ask Radovan to cut you into pieces.
You get him is money, you have the right to eat for free at this restaurant, you double-cross him and you end in the freezer.
Radovan is unique, so for the other goons of Milo, make them a little bit weaker.
Attributes: Agility d8, Smart d4, Spirit d6, Strenght d10,Vigor d10
Skills: Driving d6, Fighting d10, Gambling d4, Intimidation d10, Knowledge (Criminality and above all bad payers) d8, Notice d8, Persuasion d4, Shooting d6, Streetwise d6, Tracking d6.
Charisma: 0; Pace: 6; Parry: 7; Toughness: 7
Hindrances: Loyal to Milo,
Gear: A shotgun, a knife, a common car, and all the tools to make the bad payers pay and the traitors speak.
Radovan became the henchman of Milo because it didn’t have another choice. His dream is to leave this life and open a restaurant. So he is not the worst guy you can meet, unless you owe money to Milo.