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NORTHERN LIGHTS has the feel of an old black and white photograph discovered in an attic. The bitter-sweet story of young lovers caught up in an political struggle waged by farmers against ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Robert Behling ...
Ray Sorensen
Susan Lynch ...
Inga Olsness
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John Sorensen
Ray Ness ...
Henrik Sorensen
Marianna Åström-De Fina ...
Kari
Helen Ness ...
Jenny Sorensen
Thorbjörn Rue ...
Thor
Nick Eldredge ...
Sven
Jon Ness ...
Howard
Gary Hanisch ...
Charlie Forsythe
Melvin Rodvold ...
Ole Olsness
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Adelaide Olsness
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NORTHERN LIGHTS has the feel of an old black and white photograph discovered in an attic. The bitter-sweet story of young lovers caught up in an political struggle waged by farmers against the grain trade, the banks and the railroads, NORTHERN LIGHTS brings back a forgotten era of American history and evokes the austere beauty of the Northern Plains. Written by Rob Nilsson

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17 November 1978 (USA)  »

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$354 (USA) (15 November 2013)

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$5,291 (USA) (15 November 2013)
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Apart from the three leads - Robert Behling, Susan Lynch and 'Joe Spano (I)' - none of the performers were professional actors. They were local North Dakota residents. See more »

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Time and place are integral to character
20 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In Northern Lights, events which threatened to supplant the 19th century Mid Western Scandinavian immigrants from their farms are inextricably wound around images of light, cold and bleak yet rich landscape in a hostile world. The film effectively transplants the cozy viewer onto a frigid plain that makes him shiver and gasp at the audacity and courage of a people determined to survive under the worst conditions. And yet not only do they survive, they develop a kind of weed-like tenacity that finds sustenance in the most unlikely places and makes us wonder wide-eyed at their ability to prosper. Theirs is a community threatened by powerful interests who would ride on the backs of those men and women who already bear the burden of an almost unbelievably heavy load. Through it all, we admire the beauty they have found, the simplicity of their tenacity, the magnificence of the Northern Lights in an already deep and mysterious sky. The people in this drama are themselves the Northern Lights who settled a region. This is film-making and storytelling at its best.


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