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Nightwatch (1994)
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In order to finance his law studies, Martin starts as a night watchman in a mortuary. When the victims of a serial killer of prostitutes are deposited there, scary things begin to happen. ... See full summary »

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Martin (as Nikolaj Coster Waldau)
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Ulf Pilgaard ...
Rikke Louise Andersson ...
Joyce
Stig Hoffmeyer ...
Rolf
Gyrd Løfquist ...
Den gamle nattevagt
Niels Anders Thorn ...
Lægen
Leif Adolfsson ...
Teaterinstruktøren
Henrik Fiig ...
Skuespilleren
Jesper Hyldegaard ...
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Rod 1 (as Ulrik Thomsen)
Christian Friis ...
Rod 2 (as Chris Friis)
Peter Rygaard ...
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In order to finance his law studies, Martin starts as a night watchman in a mortuary. When the victims of a serial killer of prostitutes are deposited there, scary things begin to happen. Therefore and because of a strange bet with his fellow student Jens, the police begins to think he is the murderer. Police detective Wormer wants to help him but Martin is more and more suspected. Written by Joern Richts <richts@informatik.rwth-aachen.de>

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De søger en nattevagt, Martin er ikke mørkeræd, han har kun et problem... han får jobbet !

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Martin: You know what Hans Christian Andersen did? Every time he had masturbated he wrote a little X in his diary
Jens: If I had written down an X every time I had masturbated, there wouldn't be any pencils left in the whole wide world
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Let Your Fingers Do the Walking
Written by Steen Birger Jørgensen & Lars Top Galia
Performed by Sort Sol
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Superb serial killer thriller!
20 August 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Nightwatch' is genuinely creepy Danish thriller full of suspense and interesting uncliched characters. Writer/director Ole Bornedal really knows how to hook a viewer by creating a likeable hero, then throwing him in the deep end. We really feel for Martin (Nikolaj Coster-Wadeu) and want to somehow see him get out of the dangerous mess he unexpectedly finds himself in! This movie has plenty of twists without getting gimmicky, and is helped enormously by the first rate cast of unknown (to an English language audience) actors, all of whom are well cast and convincing. One of the oddest things about this movie is that the American remake was not only inferior, but actually directed by Bornedal himself. American remakes of European movies are almost always poor, but this is one of the few examples of the same director being responsible for both. (One other springs to mind

  • George Sluizer's brilliant 'Spoorloos', remade by himself as the hugely


disappointing 'The Vanishing'). Maybe this says a lot about Hollywood and the behind the scenes compromises movie audiences are rarely privy to. Anyway, steer clear of the crappy remake, and try to see this the superb original. Along with Amenabar's similarly taut and claustrophobic 'Tesis' it is one of the most effective and entertaining thrillers of the last decade.


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