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Pathfinder (1987)

Ofelas (original title)
Around the year 1000 AD warlike people, the so-called "tjuder", roam in northern Scandinavia. As they brutally kill a family in a remote area, including the parents and their little ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ingvald Guttorm ...
Aigin's Father
Nils Utsi ...
Henrik H. Buljo ...
Nils-Aslak Valkeapää ...
Helgi Skúlason ...
Tsjuderen med arret
Inger Utsi ...
Aigin's Sister
Svein Scharffenberg ...
Tsjuderen, høvding
Knut Walle ...
Tchude Interpreter
John Sigurd Kristensen ...
Tchude Strongman
Sara Marit Gaup ...
Anne-Marja Blind ...
Ellen Anne Buljo ...
Aigin's Mother
Svein Birger Olsen ...
Sverre Porsanger ...


Around the year 1000 AD warlike people, the so-called "tjuder", roam in northern Scandinavia. As they brutally kill a family in a remote area, including the parents and their little daughter, the families teenage son, Aigin, observes the slaughter. He manages to flee from these killers and reaches a camp with other Lapps whose inhabitants are worried if he has been able to hide his track. Afraid of the murderous people, they decide to flee to the coast. The boy stays alone to avenge his families murder. Unfortunately, they get him before he can do anything and force him to lead them to the other Lapps. He guides them but has a plan to destroy the barbarous people before reaching the camp. Written by Gerhard Windecker <g.wind@mbox300.swipnet.se>

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Release Date:

7 April 1989 (USA)  »

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Remade in 2007, starring Karl Urban and Clancy Brown, this version had the titular character, played by Urban, to be a viking child raised by Native Americans, who then fights the returning vikings some 15 years later. See more »


Sierge: We'll see more from the crest.
Diemis: It'll be dark soon. What is it?
Sierge: The boy shouldn't be out there.
Diemis: Why?
Sierge: He's bad luck.
Diemis: Come on.
Sierge: No, I'll stay.
Diemis: All you'll find up here are the spirits of the mountains.
Sierge: Spirits? It's not spirits we have to fear.
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quite possibly the best telling of a myth on film
21 September 1999 | by (Oregon) – See all my reviews

One of the many beauties of this film is the exquisite simplicity. Filming, acting, directing, costuming - all have been distilled to their essence so that the viewer is never distracted from the superb story. I watch this film several times a year (and have given it as gifts to friends) and no longer bother to read the sub-titles, so clear has the story become to me. We lost a great deal when we stopped sitting around fires telling stories to one another; this film can give some of that back to us.

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