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|Henrik H. Buljo||...||
Tsjuderen med arret
|John Sigurd Kristensen||...||
|Sara Marit Gaup||...||
|Anna Maria Blind||...||
Varia (as Anne-Marja Blind)
|Ellen Anne Buljo||...||
|Svein Birger Olsen||...||
|Rest of cast listed alphabetically:|
|Erik Disch||...||line producer|
|John M. Jacobsen||...||producer|
|Nils Pagh Andersen|
|Sturla Einarson||...||sound mixer|
|John Foster||...||sound editor|
|Nicolas Le Messurier||...||re-recording mixer|
|Jan Lindvik||...||sound designer|
|Otto Snel||...||re-recording mixer|
|Petter Wold||...||boom operator|
|Per Mørk||...||special effects|
|Martin Grace||...||stunt coordinator (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)|
|Madeleine Fant||...||script supervisor|
|Martin Grace||...||action sequences|
- Araba Films (1989) (Spain) (theatrical)
- Comstock (1990) (Japan) (theatrical)
- Hoyts Distribution (1990) (Australia) (theatrical) (as 'Pathfinder')
- International Film Exchange (IFEX) (1990) (United States) (theatrical)
- Sandrew Film & Teater (1988) (Sweden) (theatrical)
- Svenska Filminstitutet (SFI) (2000) (Sweden) (theatrical)
- Syncron Film (1987) (Norway) (theatrical)
- Carolco Pictures (1989) (United States) (subtitled)
- First Release Home Entertainment (Netherlands) (VHS)
- Fox Lorber Home Video (United States) (VHS)
- Kinowelt Home Entertainment (2005) (Germany) (DVD)
- LK-TEL Vídeo (Brazil) (VHS)
- LK-TEL (1988) (Argentina) (VHS)
- Mayco (Norway) (VHS)
- Norsk Rikskringkasting (NRK) (2009) (Norway) (tv)
- Pidax Film (2016) (Germany) (DVD)
- Pidax Film (2020) (Germany) (Blu-ray)
- RCA/Columbia-Hoyts Home Video (1990) (Australia) (video) (as 'Pathfinder')
- SF Norge A/S (1992) (Norway) (VHS)
- SF Norge A/S (2005) (Norway) (DVD)
- Worldvision Enterprises (1997) (United States) (tv) (syndication)
- marketing-film (1989) (West Germany) (VHS)
- Hobbart & Hobbart (talent agency)
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
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|Trivia||The villains in the film, the "tjuder", are not supposed to be vikings, as some sources claim. Tjud or chud is a term historically applied to several Finnic peoples, in the early Russian annals. They often appear in Sami stories (like the one on which this film is based) as traditional, generic villains. Vikings where a trade among the Norse (Scandinavian) Germanic tribes. Note that the clothing and weaponry of the "tjuder" in the film are very different to the ones used by vikings. The script actually stated the "tjuder" to be eastern. But the filmmakers felt it would be offensive to Russian viewers so they made up a language for them to speak, making their origin rather vague. See more »|
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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, unshakable bonds hold you to us.
Aigin: How do I trust something that can be seen?
Raste: Look up there, what do you see?
Aigin: Only the tent.
Raste: But what is there between you and the wall of the tent?
Aigin: You mean there's something there?
Raste: You see nothing?
Raste: [grabs him shutting his mouth] You still can't see it? But now you can feel that something is there. You can't see it in the air, but your very existence is tied to it. In this way all things are bound together, intertwined. No man can ever tear himself apart from the whole. But it can happen that you lose sight of the whole. When you does, you become a Tchude: men who lost the path. They stumble blindly towards self-destruction. Listen, and remember what I say: This morning I saw the reindeer bull for the third time in my life. The first time I saw it, I was your age. Then once again, in the prime of my years. Today I am old. The reindeer has come for the last time.
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