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Nattevagten (1994)

A law student starts working as nightwatchman at Department of Forensic Medicine in Copenhagen. His mad friend gets him on a game of dare that escalates. As a serial-killer's victims start piling up at work, he becomes a suspect.

Director:

Ole Bornedal

Writer:

Ole Bornedal
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Martin (as Nikolaj Coster Waldau)
Sofie Gråbøl ... Kalinka
Kim Bodnia ... Jens
Lotte Andersen ... Lotte
Ulf Pilgaard Ulf Pilgaard ... Kommisæren
Rikke Louise Andersson ... Joyce
Stig Hoffmeyer Stig Hoffmeyer ... Rolf
Gyrd Løfquist Gyrd Løfquist ... Den gamle nattevagt
Niels Anders Thorn Niels Anders Thorn ... Lægen
Leif Adolfsson Leif Adolfsson ... Teaterinstruktøren
Henrik Fiig Henrik Fiig ... Skuespilleren
Jesper Hyldegaard Jesper Hyldegaard ... Bargæst
Ulrich Thomsen ... Rod 1 (as Ulrik Thomsen)
Christian Friis Christian Friis ... Rod 2 (as Chris Friis)
Peter Rygaard Peter Rygaard ... Tjener
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Storyline

In order to finance his law studies, Martin starts as a night watchman in a mortuary. When the victims of a serial killer of prostitutes are deposited there, scary things begin to happen. Therefore and because of a strange bet with his fellow student Jens, the police begins to think he is the murderer. Police detective Wormer wants to help him but Martin is more and more suspected. Written by Joern Richts <richts@informatik.rwth-aachen.de>

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De søger en nattevagt, Martin er ikke mørkeræd, han har kun et problem... han får jobbet !

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish | Swedish

Release Date:

25 February 1994 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Nightwatch See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The picture in the guards room, is of Lewis Thornton Powel a.k.a. Lewis paine/payne, a co-conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. See more »

Goofs

When Martin is shown the murder victim in the morgue, the victim is clearly breathing. See more »

Quotes

Martin: You know what Hans Christian Andersen did? Every time he had masturbated he wrote a little X in his diary
Jens: If I had written down an X every time I had masturbated, there wouldn't be any pencils left in the whole wide world
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Connections

Referenced in Marienthal: State of Emergency (2002) See more »

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Can't Cry Nomore
Performed by The Sandmen
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Am I the only person here who didn't think this was all that great?
1 October 2002 | by godless savageSee all my reviews

I really wanted to like this movie, I'd read about it for years before it finally came out on video here. Maybe my expectations were too high. Really, I don't know what everyone else is raving about here, I thought this was a very average thriller. I'm not surprised this was remade by hollywood, as the plot and characters and dialogue already seem quite "hollywood" influenced to me in this original, though with that careful european touch, which really just made the movie seems slow to me.

I thought this movie was going to be atmospheric and creepy, but there was hardly any atmosphere at all, the direction was pretty dry and by-the-numbers. There were maybe 15 minutes filled with scary going-ons, and the rest was quite slow and talky, with no sense of buildup or dread whatsoever. The red herrings and forshadowing were so obvious in this, it was like getting slapped in the face.

Like I said, I went into this with good intentions. I like horror from extreme gore, to atmospheric chillers, from "Dead Alive" to "The Others. This movie filled neither of these needs. Not so much bad, as just average. I suppose if all you watch is mainstream hollywood films, or if you liked that pointless piece of crud "With a Friend Like Harry", then this will probably seem great to you.


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