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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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Thriller

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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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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

References The New York Ripper (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Your Fingers Do the Walking
Written by Steen Birger Jørgensen & Lars Top Galia
Performed by Sort Sol
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A flawless thriller that would've made Hitchcock proud
1 August 2005 | by Potty-ManSee all my reviews

Nattevagten (1994) (aka Nightwatch) is a stylish thriller/horror from Denmark. I just finished watching it and I was blown away. It's the most edge-of-your-seat thriller I've seen since A Tale of Two Sisters. This guy, Ole Bornedal, plots like a devil! The way he sets everything up is masterful. The script is so tight, practically every element that's established is later on used. Reminded me of early Coen brothers scripts. It also provides the viewer with sufficient food for thought, what with its underlying themes about the connection between sex and death, man's self-destructive tendencies versus his instincts for survival and self-preservation, and more.

There are a lot of creepy sequences, and one or two boo moments. The soundtrack is excellent. There's one unforgettable scene where something hideous happens to the sounds of this cheery, boppin' Danish song that seems to repeat the same verse over and over again. The result is very disturbing.

The style contains a lot of Hitchcockian characteristics, and the movie is done so well that it would have made Hitchcock proud. Everything is pulled off perfectly, and not once do we hear the gears of the plot grinding.

Considering how little known this movie is, I was very pleasantly surprised. I highly recommend it.

P.S. The main actor has a striking resemblance to Ewan McGregor, who reprised the role in the American remake three years later.


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