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Northern Lights (1978)

NORTHERN LIGHTS has the feel of an old black and white photograph discovered in an attic. The bitter-sweet story of young lovers caught up in an political struggle waged by farmers against ... See full summary »

Directors:

John Hanson, Rob Nilsson
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Cast

Credited cast:
Robert Behling Robert Behling ... Ray Sorensen
Susan Lynch ... Inga Olsness
Joe Spano ... John Sorensen
Ray Ness Ray Ness ... Henrik Sorensen
Marianna Åström-De Fina Marianna Åström-De Fina ... Kari
Helen Ness Helen Ness ... Jenny Sorensen
Thorbjörn Rue Thorbjörn Rue ... Thor
Nick Eldredge Nick Eldredge ... Sven
Jon Ness Jon Ness ... Howard
Gary Hanisch Gary Hanisch ... Charlie Forsythe
Melvin Rodvold Melvin Rodvold ... Ole Olsness
Adelaide Thorntveidt Adelaide Thorntveidt ... Adelaide Olsness
Mabel Rue Mabel Rue ... Grandma
Krist Toresen Krist Toresen ... Krist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Ackridge Bill Ackridge ... Gordon
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NORTHERN LIGHTS has the feel of an old black and white photograph discovered in an attic. The bitter-sweet story of young lovers caught up in an political struggle waged by farmers against the grain trade, the banks and the railroads, NORTHERN LIGHTS brings back a forgotten era of American history and evokes the austere beauty of the Northern Plains. Written by Rob Nilsson

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Drama | History

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Picked by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films" in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers in November 1997. See more »

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Northern Lights
Written by Rob Nilsson
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29 December 2012 | by dpweiserSee all my reviews

I saw Northern Lights years ago on VHS. I was extremely pleased with its gritty reality, sensitivity to Norwegian immigrants, and awareness that something very important happened in the frigid north lands in the early 20th Century. There is a certain realistic world view among North Dakotans. Add to that a sense that people can work together to survive. Since the film is not available, I'm forgetting the look of the photography. But do remember how striking the black, white and gray seemed. It suited my memory of childhood farm life on the plains. I have looked for a DVD source of this movie for a long time, and am glad a friend recommended IMDb.com to me as a way to find someone who knew about it. It is unknown to most people whom I ask about it. As a North Dakota native, I want this work released on DVD.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1978 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

North Dakota, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,256, 22 September 2013

Gross USA:

$9,453

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,453
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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