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Pioneer (2013) More at IMDbPro »Pionér (original title)

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Pioneer -- This conspiracy thriller is set in the early 80's, the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom. Enormous oil and gas deposits are discovered in the North Sea and the authorities aim to bring the oil ashore through a pipeline from depths of 500 meters. A professional diver, Petter, obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea has the discipline, strength and courage to take on the world's most dangerous mission. But a sudden, tragic accident changes everything. Petter is sent on a perilous journey where he loses sight of who's pulling the strings. Gradually he realizes that he is in way over his head and that his life is at stake.
Pioneer -- n the early 1980s, enormous oil and gas deposits were discovered in the North Sea. A corporate battle ensues between competing Norwegian and American diving teams to win the lucrative contract to bring these natural resources ashore through a pipeline on the ocean bed, 500 meters below the surface. Norwegian diver Petter is obsessed with reaching the depths necessary to lay the pipeline and - along with his brother and an ambitious American diver - has the discipline, strength and courage to take on this dangerous experiment. But a sudden, tragic accident changes everything. In trying to get to the truth behind the accident, Petter finds himself up against shadowy forces and an industrial machine that will go to any lengths to keep the truth under wraps, in order to secure the profits that will flow. With his life at stake, he must decide who he can trust and what he most believes in.


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When your ultimate adventure becomes your ultimate nightmare
A thriller set at the beginning of the 1980's Norwegian Oil Boom and centered on a diver whose obsession with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea leads to tragedy. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Aksel Hennie ... Petter

Wes Bentley ... Mike

Stephen Lang ... John Ferris

Stephanie Sigman ... Maria Salatzar

Jonathan LaPaglia ... Ronald

Ane Dahl Torp ... Pia

Jørgen Langhelle ... Leif

André Eriksen ... Knut Jensen

David A. Jørgensen ... Jørgen Heimland
Eirik Stubø ... Ivar Jeger
Endre Hellestveit ... Trond
Laurents Rørvik ... Martin
Janne Heltberg ... Trude Svendsen

Jerker Fahlström ... Jørgens far
Tyrone C. Wiggins ... Vakt (as Tyrone Wiggins)

Thomas Hedengran ... Jeger's hjelper
Jan Gunnar Sjøthun ... Politiinspektør
Arne Lindtner Næss ... Minister
Robin Hayes ... Philip
Eric C. Westerstrøm ... Dykker
Peter Sjøgren ... Dykker

Directed by
Erik Skjoldbjærg 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nikolaj Frobenius 
Hans Gunnarsson 
Cathinka Nicolaysen 
Erik Skjoldbjærg 
Kathrine Valen Zeiner 

Produced by
Jessica Ask .... co-producer
Petter J. Borgli .... line producer
Raimond Goebel .... co-producer
Lone Korslund .... executive producer
Christian Fredrik Martin .... producer
Ilkka Matila .... co-producer
Marko Röhr .... co-producer
Antoine Simkine .... co-producer
Mimmi Spång .... co-producer
Asle Vatn .... executive producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Jallo Faber 
Film Editing by
Jonas Aarø (co-editor)
Frida Eggum Michaelsen 
Production Design by
Karl Júlíusson 
Set Decoration by
Louise Drake 
Costume Design by
Anne Pedersen 
Makeup Department
Linda Boije af Gennäs .... makeup designer
Lars Carlsson .... special makeup consultant
Production Management
Bjørn Fjærestad .... production manager
Jörg Lassak .... production manager: Germany
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kristian Mejdell Nissen .... first assistant director
Jon Are Uhnger .... second assistant director
Art Department
Vincent Gry .... assistant property master
Rickard Grönvall .... painter
Dorte Herning .... painter
Lars Hult .... carpenter
Klas Jansson .... construction coordinator
Sebastian Jansson .... carpenter
Sofie Kinngard .... painter
Rasmus Larsson .... carpenter
Brahma Lilja .... carpenter
Martin Liljegren .... painter
Anders Lunde .... property master
Jonathan Lövkvist .... carpenter
Thomas Nes .... prop maker
Emil Petursson .... carpenter: Iceland
Fredrik Sivertsen .... assistant property master
Øyvind Steensen .... storyboard artist
Lukas Strömdal .... carpenter
Sound Department
Vincent Arnardi .... re-recording mixer
Nicolas Becker .... fx foley artist
Grace Brown .... foley engineer
Peter S. Carlstedt .... adr mixer
Laurent Chassaigne .... foley mixer
Maxime Djukic-Tamburrini .... foley editor
Maxime Djukic-Tamburrini .... sound trainee
Alexis Durand .... assistant sound editor
Petter Fagelund .... adr recorder: adr editor
Kévin Feildel .... french dubbing editor
Antoine Gervais .... intern
Lionel Guenoun .... teaser re-recording mixer
Håkon Lammetun .... adr recorder: adr editor (as Håkan Lammetun)
Frédéric Le Louet .... re-recording mixer
Frédéric Le Louet .... sound designer
Frédéric Le Louet .... supervising sound editor
Benjamin Lecuyer .... sound mastering engineer
Benjamin Lecuyer .... sound mix technician
Gadou Naudin .... foley artist
Ingar Pedersen .... boom operator
Ad Stoop .... sound mixer
Igor Thomas-Gerard .... dialogue editor
Visual Effects by
Pål Christian Aarø .... digital trainee (as Pål Aarø)
Mats Andersen .... visual effects supervisor
Anne Balthasar .... digital compositor: ARRI (as Anne Fuhrmann)
Manfred Büttner .... visual effects supervisor
Philipp Danner .... digital effects artist
Andrei Dimitriu .... lead compositing artist
Theodor Groeneboom .... visual effects artist
Christoph Hasche .... lead digital compositor
Mats Holmgren .... digital colourist
Markus Hund .... 3d artist
Kenn Hedin Kalvik .... digital compositor
Knuth Möde .... shading & texturing artist
Lucas Pfaff .... data management
Fabian Schnuer Gohde .... digital compositor
Johan Vikstrom .... visual effects artist
Deni Jordan .... stunt coordinator
Anders Nylander Thomsen .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Erik Aavatsmark .... still photographer
Pernilla Finne .... first assistant camera
Sara Gustavsson .... extra lighting assistant
Jonas Helmersson .... Technical assistant
Mark Durdant Hollamby .... grip
Sergej Israel .... assistant camera
Arvid Jernqvist .... assistant camera
Kjell-Gunnar Hjartholm Knudsen .... second assistant camera
Jonathan Maurice Lee .... key grip (as Jonathan Lee)
Teemu Liakka .... underwater cinematographer
Kjetil Mathiesen .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Andreas Berg Nesse .... crane assistant
Carl P. Rasmussen .... b-cam operator
Carl P. Rasmussen .... director of photography: second unit
Carl P. Rasmussen .... first assistant camera
Pål Ulvik Rokseth .... additional cinematographer
Christoffer Skoog .... grip assistant
Vegard Stronen .... grip assistant
Bjørnar Rydland Thyholdt .... d.i.t
Sascha Wolfram .... gaffer
Casting Department
Celine Engebrigtsen .... casting
Ted Jönsson .... extras casting assistant
Avy Kaufman .... casting: u.s.
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sofie Rage Larsen .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Jonas Aarø .... trailer editor
Mats Andersen .... post-production coordinator
Adrian Nilsen .... dcp mastering
Anton Robsahm Norum .... assistant editor
Anneli Oscarsson .... digital intermediate producer
Laurent Pelé .... assistant editor
Bjørnar Rydland Thyholdt .... assistant editor
Music Department
Air .... soundtrack
Boban Apostolov .... scoring pro tools engineer
Creaminal .... music supervisor
Georgi Hristovski .... score recording engineer
Thomas Jamois .... music supervisor
F.A.M.E.'S. Project .... orchestra and studio contractor
Other crew
Mats Andersen .... title designer
Eva Blondiau .... production coordinator
Per Henry Borch .... helicopter coordinator
Marianne Braastad .... production accountant
Denise Carlford .... production coordinator
Jamie Coghill .... production legal
Kristine Meling Enoksen .... production coordinator
Alante Kavaite .... screenplay consultant
Aslaug Konradsdottir .... script supervisor
Ariel Crnic Ladegård .... production assistant
Saga Löfgren .... production assistant
Hans Lönnerheden .... completion bond executive
Thomas J. Rosenberg .... stand-in (as Thomas Johannessen)
Leigh Dillon .... dialect coach: Aksel Hennie (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Pionér" - Norway (original title)
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Rated R for language
111 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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The accident, where Aksel Hennie rolls his Jeep isn't staged, but a real not planned rollover without a stunt man. Hennie was to drive off the road, and make a Sharp turn, but the Jeep wasn't able to perform such a turn at that speed, without rolling over.See more »
Anachronisms: (at around 35 mins) Petter opens a bag containing bundles of U.S. dollar bills. All denominations shown are clearly the currency designs that began circulation in the late 1990's. The movie is set in 1979.See more »
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Drama, 18 June 2015
Author: kosmasp

It might feel like a TV movie of the week at times, but it does have an interesting story to tell and is far more decent than you might expect. And suspenseful for that matter. The underwater scenes look really good and the acting is up to the task as well (as the men were back when this unfolds).

Not sure how much of the things shown, actually transpired, (this is based on real events during the 80s you see?) but the movie does a good job holding any viewers attention with people trying to find out what is actually going on ... will they find out? What consequences will there be either way though? It gets political at times obviously, but in a good way if there is one

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