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Pathfinder (1987)

Ofelas (original title)
A Warband intent on slaughter terrorizes northern Scandinavian villages in 1000 AD.

Director:

Nils Gaup

Writer:

Nils Gaup
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mikkel Gaup ... Aigin
Ingvald Guttorm Ingvald Guttorm ... Aigin's Father
Nils Utsi ... Raste
Henrik H. Buljo Henrik H. Buljo ... Dorakas
Nils-Aslak Valkeapää Nils-Aslak Valkeapää ... Siida-Isit
Helgi Skúlason ... Tsjuderen med arret
Inger Utsi Inger Utsi ... Aigin's Sister
Svein Scharffenberg Svein Scharffenberg ... Tsjuderen, høvding
Knut Walle ... Tchude Interpreter
John Sigurd Kristensen John Sigurd Kristensen ... Tchude Strongman
Sara Marit Gaup Sara Marit Gaup ... Sahve
Anna Maria Blind Anna Maria Blind ... Varia (as Anne-Marja Blind)
Ellen Anne Buljo Ellen Anne Buljo ... Aigin's Mother
Svein Birger Olsen Svein Birger Olsen ... Diemis
Sverre Porsanger Sverre Porsanger ... Sierge
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Storyline

Around the year 1000 AD warlike people, the so-called "tjudes," roam in northern Scandinavia. As they brutally kill a family in a remote area, including the parents and their little daughter, the families teenage son, Aigin, observes the slaughter. He manages to flee from these killers and reaches a camp with other Lapps whose inhabitants are worried if he has been able to hide his track. Afraid of the murderous people, they decide to flee to the coast. The boy stays alone to avenge his families murder. Unfortunately, they get him before he can do anything and force him to lead them to the other Lapps. He guides them but has a plan to destroy the barbarous people before reaching the camp. Written by Gerhard Windecker <g.wind@mbox300.swipnet.se>

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Country:

Norway

Language:

Saami

Release Date:

7 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pathfinder See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlevåg, Finnmark, Norway See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,950, 13 May 1990

Gross USA:

$10,628

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$242,994
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The main villain (played by Helgi Skúlason ) doesn't say a word the entire film. See more »

Quotes

Raste: Were you sleeping?
Aigin: Wish I could.
Raste: Why can't you? Scared of the dark?
[Aigin nods positively]
Raste: At daybreak, head for the cost. There are other villages there.
Aigin: Not for me. I have no village.
Raste: Your mind is clouded with thoughts of revenge. You must remember we are all but parts of the whole. We are children in a greater family. The Tchudes have forgotten this. Don't you forget it.
Aigin: My family is dead. I'm all alone.
Raste: You may feel that way, but you are bound up in the greater family. You are not free, ...
[...]
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familiar trappings in a fresh setting
24 December 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Anyone in the business of storytelling should begin with a good story, which is precisely what Norwegian director Nils Gaup did for his Oscar nominated debut feature, adapting a thousand year old Scandinavian legend about a young boy who rescues a small community of fellow Laplanders from a horde of ruthless invaders. The setting may be exotic (the film was shot almost entirely above the Arctic Circle) but the basic mythic outline can be (and likely has been) translated anywhere, from the American West to "…a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away". Certain elements are by now so familiar they might almost be clichés: the young hero, orphaned by an evil enemy (the Tchudes, dressed all in black and speaking a harsh, guttural language); his refuge with a likewise threatened nearby tribe, who see him as their savior; the medicine man who will guide him to wisdom; and so forth. Gaup knows enough not to embellish an already proved formula, and as a result his film offers brisk, uncomplicated entertainment, with action scenes as thrilling as anything coming out of Hollywood these days. But now that the legend is on film, will future generations of Lapp children learn it from their elders by simply renting a DVD?


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