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Nightwatch (1994)

Nattevagten (original title)
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

Film debut of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. 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 New York Ripper (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Dog Star Man
Written by Knud Odde, Thomas Ortved, Peter Peter, Steen Birger Jørgensen, Lars Bo Tholstoy Jacobsen & Lars Top Galia
Performed by Sort Sol
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A bona fide MASTERPIECE!
14 October 2007 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Well, I've wanted to see this film for so long that I actually put off watching it when I first got myself a copy for fear that it might disappoint. It is my greatest pleasure, therefore, to state that Nightwatch did not in any way disappoint me! This film is an out and out masterpiece and by far and away the best film I've seen in some time! Nightwatch is an intriguing blend of slow burn horror and murder mystery that manages thrills and surprises throughout. Denmark is not a country that springs to mind when thinking about horror films, but that hasn't stopped director Ole Bornedal from giving the best directors that the genre has to offer a real run for their money! The plot centres on a morgue where a young law student named Martin has just taken a job smoking, drinking, listening to rock music…and checking up on the corpses at night. It just happens that around the same time there's a maniac going round bumping off prostitutes, and of course the bodies are being taken to the morgue where Martin works, and that's where his troubles start as he finds himself getting caught up in the investigation...

The plot runs rather slowly, but the director ensures that the film is always interesting. Nightwatch is predominantly a horror thriller, but there are also themes of romance and comedy thrown into the mix which help to ensure that the film always feels fresh. Nightwatch is very high quality too, the acting is superb and it's clear that the director values this art form as the attention to detail is stunning and there isn't a shot in the movie that feels wrong or out of place. The characters are the most interesting thing about the film; they're all well defined, and that's a huge positive since the story really relies on that. The way that the director keeps the action mysterious and brooding means that the audience is always expecting something to happen, which ensures that the film is always full of tension. The director throws in a lot of red herrings and leads the audience astray before unleashing a well worked and really quite shocking twist towards the end. Overall, Nightwatch is everything you could want a thriller to be and more. There's not a great deal of films out there that are good as this one – so if you're lucky enough to come across a copy of Nightwatch, make sure you don't pass it up!


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