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 Hallgrim Ørn Hallgrimsson (24 episodes, 2004-2006)
Marina Bouras ...
 Marie Wied (24 episodes, 2004-2006)
Steen Stig Lommer ...
 Villy Frandsen (24 episodes, 2004-2006)
Susan Olsen ...
 Ditte Hansen (24 episodes, 2004-2006)
Janus Nabil Bakrawi ...
 Nazim Talawi (23 episodes, 2004-2006)
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 Michael Kristensen (23 episodes, 2004-2006)
Ghita Nørby ...
 Thea Nellemann (21 episodes, 2004-2006)
Henrik Lykkegaard ...
 Jens Hansen (13 episodes, 2004-2006)
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 Holsøe (13 episodes, 2004-2006)
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Ørnen, an Icelandic inspector in the Danish police force, is named chief constable of a new task force to help solve international crime. Along with a team of talented and diverse investigators he handles explosive and complex cases with all available means. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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The town that is shown in Hallgrim's flashbacks is actually a fishing town located on a island just on the south coast of Iceland. The island, Vestman-Island, is also shown a great part in season 2. See more »

Goofs

In the first episode, the crime scheme is compromised by plot holes. The plan seems to depend on a risky diversion which in fact attracts the attention of the police to the crime scene rather than the opposite. It is also not explained why Sandberg, who is wanted by the police, would choose to land his plane in a place where he is sure to be arrested, and the whole criminal plan comes to depend on how he fares in court. See more »

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Featured in Smagsdommerne: Episode #2.8 (2005) See more »

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Forgiveness
Music by Jacob Groth
Lyrics by Misen
Performed by Misen and The Danish Filmharmonics
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Smooth and versatile depiction of a Danish investigation team
29 March 2013 | by (Estonia/Tallinn) – See all my reviews

Despite the series is named after a leading character (a half-Icelandic half-Danish police officer named Halgrim Ørn Hallgrimsson, nicknamed Ørnen or the Eagle), the events are not totally focused on and related to him, allowing the other major characters be deliberated and contribute as well (unlike in the British interpretation of Wallander, for example). The viewers can share their feelings, recognize their human values through present and childhood, how their job affects their private life, see them making mistakes or misjudgments etc. Everyone has his or her role and place in the Unit, but they are all-rounders, not specialists in a narrow field. And there is no black-and-white depiction of the good and the bad.

Unlike most of crime series, the cases are related or arising from a certain case; this provides more reality to the events happening (it is not realistic when there are frequent crimes in a small city or parish), but - on the other hand - it is recommended to watch it chronologically and more often than weekly as there are constant references to past events and incidents. And as the Unit deals with crimes with international links, the members have to travel and have good contacts with partners in neighboring countries and from international organizations. I find it excellent that the creators had the desire and funds to film in respective locations and employ international actors speaking their mother tongue (Ørnen is multilingual, speaking at least 5 languages). The cast is evenly strong as well, including the finest Danish actress Ghita Nørby (as Thea Nellemann). And what a fine choice of music and references to Icelandic sagas and ancient mythology! Highly recommended, especially in countries with Nordic comprehension and background. Of course, you have to dedicate some time - there are 24 episodes each for about an hour.


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