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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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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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Mono
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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 »

Soundtracks

Ray's Hands
Written and Performed by Finbar Furey
courtesy Transatlantic Records
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Yes, a fantastic film
11 August 2006 | by mjkaswanSee all my reviews

Yes, this is a fantastic film, an excellent piece of historical narrative (by the way, it is set in the early 20th century, not 19th as chadport put it). I saw it when it first came out and I've been looking for this ever since I got a DVD player but to no avail. This is a forgotten piece of history about what amounted to a popular take-over of government in the northern plains. This movie explains, for example, why North (or maybe it's South) Dakota is the only state with a state bank, and the Democratic Party in Minnesota is the Democratic-Farm-Labor Party. If ever there was a time when European-style social democratic ideas were put in practice in America, this was it. Another way of putting it: if we wonder what would happen if government were truly controlled by the people, this movie shows it well. There are lots of reasons why powerful people would not want this to be a popular movie -- which is precisely why it needs to be in wide distribution!


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