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Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)

Based on Peter Hoeg's bestseller, this film is set in snowy Copenhagen where a small boy is found dead after he fell off a roof. Smilla Jasperson, a close friend who lives in the same house... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ona Fletcher ...
Inuit Hunter
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Agga Olsen ...
Juliane Christiansen
Patrick Field ...
Policeman
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Detective
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Prof. Loyen
Charlotte Bradley ...
Mrs. Lagermann
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Charles Lewsen ...
Pastor (as Charles Lewson)
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Moritz Jasperson
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Ravn
Ann Queensberry ...
Mrs. Schou
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Based on Peter Hoeg's bestseller, this film is set in snowy Copenhagen where a small boy is found dead after he fell off a roof. Smilla Jasperson, a close friend who lives in the same house begins to suspect murder because she knows that the boy was afraid of heights and would not have played on the roof. As she begins to investigate, she is pulled deeper and deeper into a conspiracy that could very well mean her death. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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boy | roof | greenland | snow | neighbor | See All (65) »

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Snow covers everything...except the truth


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Rated R for language, some violence and a sex scene | See all certifications »
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28 February 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$107,108, 2 March 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,221,994, 27 April 1997
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2.35 : 1
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Sir Richard Harris played King Arthur in Camelot (1967), and Julia Ormond played Guinevere in First Knight (1995). See more »

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When Capt. Lukas is first seen in the casino, his hair, eyebrows, mustache are all black, with a little gray at the temples. The next day on, the ship, all of his hair is gray. See more »

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Smilla: The only thing that makes me truly happy is mathematics. Snow, ice, and numbers.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Skinner's Sense of Snow (2000) See more »

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Quis est homo
(from Stabat Mater)
Written by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
performed by Kammerorchester 'Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach'
conducted by Hartmut Haenchen
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Gives the book good credit
5 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I read the book before I watched the movie. Usually I am not too fond of films made after a book. This is one of the rare exceptions.

The makers succeeded well in capturing the complexity of the book's characters. Julia Ormond does remarkably well as the moody, unpredictable Smilla Jaspersen. So does Gabriel Byrne in the role of the rather secretive Mechanic. The brilliant Richard Harris is in here too, one of the many movies he probably said that it would be his last. The rest of the cast fits in well. Nice to see that they didn't try to get all big names, but rather actors who can fill a role appropriately.

Of course the movie isn't perfect, but in order to give that book full credit, they would have had to make a 4 hour film. Especially the second part, with all the events on the ship and in Greenland, is rather condensed. Those scenes could have used a bit more air to breathe, less pace.

Nevertheless I really like this movie, I have been watching it several times already. And now I think I am going to read the book again... (8/10)


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