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Hamsun (1996)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, War | 6 August 1997 (USA)
Norwegian Nobel Laureate Knut Hamsun's controversial support for the Nazi regime during WW2 and its consequences for the Hamsun family after the war.

Director:

Jan Troell

Writers:

Per Olov Enquist, Marie Hamsun (autobiography Regnbuen) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max von Sydow ... Knut Hamsun
Ghita Nørby Ghita Nørby ... Marie Hamsun
Anette Hoff Anette Hoff ... Ellinor Hamsun
Gard B. Eidsvold Gard B. Eidsvold ... Arild Hamsun (as Gard Eidsvold)
Eindride Eidsvold Eindride Eidsvold ... Tore Hamsun
Åsa Söderling Åsa Söderling ... Cecilia Hamsun
Sverre Anker Ousdal ... Vidkun Quisling
Erik Hivju Erik Hivju ... Dr. Gabriel Langfeldt
Edgar Selge ... Terboven
Ernst Jacobi ... Adolf Hitler
Svein Erik Brodal Svein Erik Brodal ... Holmboe
Per Jansen Per Jansen ... Harald Grieg
Jesper Christensen ... Otto Dietrich
Johannes Joner Johannes Joner ... Finn Christensen
Finn Schau Finn Schau ... Doctor
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Storyline

Knut Hamsun is Norway's most famous and admired author. Ever since he was young he has hated the English for the starvation they caused Norway during WWI. When the Germans occupy Norway on April 9, 1940, he welcomes them and the protection they can give from Great Britain. He supports the national socialist ideals, but opposes the way these ideals are turned into action - that Norwegians are jailed and executed. His wife Marie travels in Germany during the war as a sign of support from Knut and herself. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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They were worshipped as national saints. Hated as traitors. Their marriage spanned from the worst kind of betrayal to the greatest love... See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany | Norway | Sweden | Denmark

Language:

Norwegian | Swedish | German | Danish | English

Release Date:

6 August 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

SEK 40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,529, 10 August 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$50,000, 31 December 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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An interesting movie about an interesting character in our literature history
18 November 2002 | by i_like_musicSee all my reviews

First of all I'd like to say that this movie was more exciting than I would have thought it to be in the start. Which is always a plus. In the beginning it was odd to me that Knut Hamsun were played by a Swedish actor and his wife Marie Hamsun were played by a Danish actor. But to tell you the truth, after a while you hardly noticed the language difference. And they could probably not have found a better Knut and Marie for this movie. The movie starts right before the second world war, and the 'action' in it is mostly about the Hamsun family's life during the second world war and afterwards. It was kind sad that the movie started so late in Hamsun's life, seeing that he was around the age of 80 (?) in the war years. Because Knut Hamsun had an utterly exciting life before that, and the most of his writings were written before that. It was confusing to me who his kids were at times, seeing that they weren't introduced to us that well. This is a great movie about an Norwegian author who rather took side with the Germans during the second world war, since he despited the English. Or was he on the German side? this movie takes up this dilemma, which no one yet can be a 100% sure about. But just remember. This movie only takes the Last years of Knut Hamsun's life. You should know a few things about his life before this, if you want to understand the movie properly.


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