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Northern Lights (1978)

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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:
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Ray Sorensen
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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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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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Northern Lights at times suggests the early work of Ingmar Bergman, where the visual bleakness of the background emphasizes the emotions of the people... at times too, it's reminiscent of the stories of Sinclair Lewis and John Steinbeck (New York Daily News). See more »

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Yes, a fantastic film
11 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, this is a fantastic film, an excellent piece of historical narrative (by the way, it is set in the early 20th century, not 19th as chadport put it). I saw it when it first came out and I've been looking for this ever since I got a DVD player but to no avail. This is a forgotten piece of history about what amounted to a popular take-over of government in the northern plains. This movie explains, for example, why North (or maybe it's South) Dakota is the only state with a state bank, and the Democratic Party in Minnesota is the Democratic-Farm-Labor Party. If ever there was a time when European-style social democratic ideas were put in practice in America, this was it. Another way of putting it: if we wonder what would happen if government were truly controlled by the people, this movie shows it well. There are lots of reasons why powerful people would not want this to be a popular movie -- which is precisely why it needs to be in wide distribution!


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