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25 February 1994 (Denmark) See more »
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De søger en nattevagt, Martin er ikke mørkeræd, han har kun et problem... han får jobbet !
Plot:
In order to finance his law studies, Martin starts as a night watchman in a mortuary. When the victims... See more » | Full synopsis »
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10 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Superior thriller, consistent sense of dread keeps you on edge See more (32 total) »

Cast

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Martin (as Nikolaj Coster Waldau)

Sofie Gråbøl ... Kalinka

Kim Bodnia ... Jens

Lotte Andersen ... Lotte
Ulf Pilgaard ... Kommisæren
Rikke Louise Andersson ... Joyce
Stig Hoffmeyer ... Rolf
Gyrd Løfquist ... Den gamle nattevagt
Niels Anders Thorn ... Lægen
Leif Adolfsson ... Teaterinstruktøren
Henrik Fiig ... Skuespilleren
Jesper Hyldegaard ... Bargæst

Ulrich Thomsen ... Rod 1 (as Ulrik Thomsen)
Christian Friis ... Rod 2 (as Chris Friis)
Peter Rygaard ... Tjener

Karin Rørbeck ... Universitetspige (as Karin Rørbæk)
Michael Goeskjær ... Juridisk forelæser
Mika Heilmann ... Død kvinde
Michel Castenholt ... Bøsse
Jytte Rosholm ... Kvindelig læge
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cecilie Brask ... Pige på universitet (uncredited)

Johanna Brüel ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Steen Stig Lommer ... Chef (uncredited)
Kjeld Nørgaard ... Chef (uncredited)

Directed by
Ole Bornedal 
 
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Ole Bornedal 

Produced by
Michael Obel .... producer
Jesper Boas Smith .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Joachim Holbek 
Knud Odde  (as Sort Sol)
The Sandmen 
Sort Sol 
 
Cinematography by
Dan Laustsen 
 
Film Editing by
Camilla Skousen 
 
Production Design by
Søren Krag Sørensen 
 
Art Direction by
Søren Krag Sørensen 
 
Costume Design by
Margrethe Rasmussen 
 
Makeup Department
Kim Olsson .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Flinth .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Nico .... property master
Peter Skriver .... graphics
 
Sound Department
Michael Dela .... sound
Nino Jacobsen .... sound
Lars Lund .... sound assistant
Julien Naudin .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Kim Olsson .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Jerris .... optical effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Bekker .... lighting assistant
Søren Berthelin .... camera operator: "b" camera
Jakob Bonfils .... grip
Jakob Bonfils .... steadicam operator
Thomas Holm Deleurang .... clapper loader (as Thomas Holm Christensen)
Michael Wils Jensen .... lighting technician (as Michael Wils)
Rolf Konow .... still photographer
Michael Sørensen .... lighting director
 
Editorial Department
Ole Bornedal .... trailer
Liselotte Havmøller .... assistant editor
Michael Frank Nielsen .... color timer (as Michael Nielsen)
Michael Obel .... trailer
Martin Schmidt .... synchronization
Zsuzsanna Schønebeck .... negative cutter (as Zsuzsanne Schønbeck)
Molly Marlene Stensgaard .... editing consultant (as Molly Malene Stensgaard)
John Struck .... synchronization
 
Music Department
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra .... orchestra
Juraj Durovic .... music engineer
Mario Klemens .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Bettie Bach .... accountant
Karen Bentzon .... script supervisor
Laura Bergsøe .... production assistant
Peter Bornedahl .... dramaturgical consultant
Martine Carlsen .... public relations
Christel Hammer .... public relations
Katrine Hartmann .... production assistant
Kristine Jørgensen .... accountant
Mette Ambro Kragh .... production assistant
Frank Omø .... production assistant
Birgitte Parrish .... accountant
Jens Stenholt .... runner
Bjarne Woldiderich .... police contact
Christian Zethner .... runner
 
Thanks
Jørgen Banzier .... Thura Film would like to thank
Bruno Hattens .... Thura Film would like to thank
Jørgen Simonsen .... Thura Film would like to thank
Jesper Sylvest .... Thura Film would like to thank
 

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Also Known As:
"Nattevagten" - Denmark (original title)
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107 min
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Quotes:
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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42 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Superior thriller, consistent sense of dread keeps you on edge, 9 October 2001
Author: hippiedj from Palm Desert, California

Miramax made a huge mistake keeping this film from distribution in order to make an American version. Though I can only imagine how much more horrible the situation would have been if Nattevagten would have been dubbed in English!

This is a thriller that has it all: tense atmosphere guaranteed to give you the creeps, characters with believable quirks (though I doubt a prostitute would actually try to bury her face in a guy's lap in a crowded restaurant), and twists that were not actually expected or used as a weak plot point (Malice was a film that tried to throw the audience off and just wasted our time).

Martin (Nikolaj Waldau) takes on a night watchman job at a morgue to help pay for his law education, doesn't fully appreciate his relationship with his girlfriend (Sofie Graaboel) thanks in part to his jerky friend (Kim Bodnia) who keeps pulling Martin into silly bets. The loser has to get married, a rather interesting comment on the worth of relationships (something I believe the doomed moths trapped in a light fixture represent, along with other obvious meanings). Once at work, immediately things take on an eerie bent with Martin staring at himself in a glass window and out into the dark halls, his apprehension at having to use a key that's on the other end of a room full of corpses (that's one question I had, would they REALLY put that key there? Oh well, it DID make it more creepy!), and a body that tends to move around.

Turns out much of this is because of part of a bet gone basically wrong, but figuring out the complexities of the name switch pot point and the prostitute's connection to the killer makes for fun sorting! The climax tends to fall into some minor cliche with the heros being hogtied (with the time it took to do that the killer could have easily killed them), but the snappy pace keeps you from picking it apart as you are watching.

I was also impressed by the fact that not the entire cast was made up of youthful characters, and even reversed the sex appeal factor by not having a usual love scene--this time you basically get to see a rather naked Martin instead of the typical "let's try to find a way to get some breasts in here and there" scheme.

I was very impressed that Anchor Bay has released Nightwatch/Nattevagten in Danish with English subtitles, giving the film the respect it deserves. For those who gripe that subtitles are annoying, all I can say to you is that you are either lazy or need to brush up on your reading skills. I find that if I am absorbed in a good film I don't even realize I'm reading subtitles, it just works naturally. I was still engrossed in this film and was affected by its scary nature. It is quite astounding how superior and effective this film is when compared to 1998's remake, which director Ole Bornedal must have done with some hesitance.

At the time of writing these comments I haven't heard the DVD's audio commentary by Ole Bornedal (and I hear it's a rather honest commentary from him too), so I don't know if this matter is dealt with, but I noticed at one point the subtitles for Martin say "If this were a movie it would be called 'The Nightguard'...." So, then why is the English title Nightwatch?

Anyway, this is one thriller that succeeds practically on every level and people need to seek this one out! With all the processed Hollywood drek being pumped out every week in theatres and video, you owe it to yourself to go out and look for something NOT on the top hits list. Most likely this original Danish filming of Nightwatch won't easily be found as a rental, but I can assure you it's worth the purchase!

When you hear a foreign film is being remade for American audiences, see that foreign version first! It's amazing how many Americanized versions have fallen flat and yet Hollywood still chucks 'em out. So, while you can, for instance, see the foreign version of Insomnia before the American one surfaces....

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