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Song of Norway (1970)

Based on the life of Norways greatest composer Edvard Grieg and film in Norway where he lived. The soundtrack is all Edvard Grieg's music with added lyrics.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toralv Maurstad ...
Christina Schollin ...
Therese Berg
Frank Porretta ...
Harry Secombe ...
Elizabeth Larner ...
Mrs. Bjoernson
Frederick Jaeger ...
Henry Gilbert ...
Richard Wordsworth ...
Bernard Archard ...
George Nordraak
Mr. Hagerup
Wenche Foss ...
Mrs. Hagerup


Based on the life of Norways greatest composer Edvard Grieg and film in Norway where he lived. The soundtrack is all Edvard Grieg's music with added lyrics.

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A song for the heart to sing...for the world to love!


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Release Date:

4 November 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Canção da Noruega  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(35 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


During its Broadway tenure of 860 performances (a substantial number for the time span of two years and slightly over two weeks), the musical changed houses, playing the Imperial Theatre between August 21, 1944 and April 13, 1946, then continuing at the Broadway Theatre between April 15 and September 7, 1946. See more »


Referenced in That Girl: My Sister's Keeper (1969) See more »


Church Bells Ringing
Music by Edvard Grieg
Music Adaptation and Lyrics by Chet Forrest (as George Forrest)
and Bob Wright (as Robert Wright)
Performed by chorus
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The destitute man's "Sound of Music."
18 April 2000 | by (Norfolk, VA, USA) – See all my reviews

Adjectives fail this film. "Dreadful" isn't enough. "Awful" seems mild. "Stupifyingly bad" can't convey the experience of it, either. If you are familiar with the poet Helen Steiner Rice, imagine one of her poems set to film and you will begin to dimly grasp how bad, how truly bad, how amazingly bad this motion picture is. Imagine a trailer park filled with lobotomized people sitting in lawn chairs watching a version of "The Sound of Music" made on the cheap especially for them. Imagine the film being projected on a bedsheet attached with clothes pins to a wash line. Imagine the wind blowing. Imagine no one paying attention. Then imagine you are there and you are shackled to a stake in the ground so that you cannot escape the evening's entertainment unless you chew off your own foot. If you can imagine all this, you can imagine the witch's brew of butchered classical music, litter-free travelogue sterility, and lifeless robotic acting that was captured for eternity on one unlucky batch of film stock from the Kodak factory and slapped with the label, "Song of Norway." It is truly the worst film ever made. The only advantage of viewing it is that from that day forth, ANYTHING you see at the movies will look passable by comparison. And I do mean ANYTHING.

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