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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 !

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Horror | Thriller

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Trivia

First theatrical film directed by Ole Bornedal. 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

References The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Lille Lise let på tå
(uncredited)
Written by Hans Schreiber & Knud Pheiffer
Performed by Paul Hagen
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Get yourself a radio
25 December 2009 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

I haven't watched any other film by Bornedal(including the American remake, which I understand is inferior to this), but he certainly nailed this one. From start to finish, this establishes and maintains an atmosphere and crafts a tension so thick, you *can't* cut it with a knife, you'd need a razor-blade. The editing and cinematography, with only a handful of exceptions, are inspired, using light and darkness immensely well, and utterly terrifying the audience. This is marvelously well-shot. The plot is excellent, and the twist is unexpected and has a relatively subtle, yet nicely effective reveal. Granted, when you think it all through, you do have to accept one or two details that strain credulity. Still, this is exciting and creepy whenever it attempts to be, and the relatable story and credible, well-developed, human characters are the driving force of the movie. Inbetween the sequences of suspense - to keep it from overstimulating the audience - there is humor, and every joke and gag are funny, none fall flat or try too hard. The acting is impeccable, every performance is spot-on. While there are jump-scares, most of the build-up pays off, big time. The music is excellent, and contains a good bit of rock, as well as a cue that they must have composed with Psycho in mind. There is a lot of disturbing content, some sexuality(including in dialog), brief nudity and a little bloody violence in this. The DVD comes with a well-done half-hour long behind-the-scenes featurette that covers the majority of the areas of production, and the theatrical trailer. I recommend this to every fan of horror. 8/10


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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish | Swedish

Release Date:

25 February 1994 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Nattevagten See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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