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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 ... Ray Sorensen
Susan Lynch 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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Genres:

Drama | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aurora Boreal See more »

Filming Locations:

North Dakota, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$354, 15 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,291, 15 November 2013
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Sound Mix:

Mono
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Trivia

Apart from the three leads - Robert Behling, Susan Lynch and Joe Spano - none of the performers were professional actors. They were local North Dakota residents. See more »

Soundtracks

Ray's Hands
Written and Performed by Finbar Furey
courtesy Transatlantic Records
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2 May 2000 | by jperkinsSee all my reviews

A dramamentary of the forming of the Non-Partisan League in North Dakota -- this stark, loving film portrays the struggle of the local NoDaks versus the railroads, banks and granaries controlled by distant Minnesotans. This is a classic that reaches toward the level of "Salt of the Earth."


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