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Insomnia (1997)

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 29 May 1998 (USA)
In a Norwegian city with a 24-hour daylight cycle a Swedish murder investigator has been brought in on a special case. Sleep deprived, he makes a horrible mistake which is discovered by the killer he has been hunting.

Director:

Erik Skjoldbjærg

Writers:

Nikolaj Frobenius (screenplay), Erik Skjoldbjærg (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maria Mathiesen Maria Mathiesen ... Tanja Lorentzen
Stellan Skarsgård ... Jonas Engström
Sverre Anker Ousdal ... Erik Vik
Gisken Armand ... Hilde Hagen
Kristian Figenschow Kristian Figenschow ... Arne Zakariassen (as Kristian Fr. Figenschow)
Thor Michael Aamodt Thor Michael Aamodt ... Tom Engen
Frode Rasmussen Frode Rasmussen ... Chief of Police
Bjørn Moan Bjørn Moan ... Eilert
Maria Bonnevie ... Ane
Marianne O. Ulrichsen Marianne O. Ulrichsen ... Frøya
Bjørn Floberg Bjørn Floberg ... Jon Holt
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Storyline

In a Norwegian city with a 24-hour daylight cycle, a Swedish murder investigator is brought in to find an elusive killer. But when the officer accidentally kills his own partner and covers it up, a double sided game of cat-and-mouse ensues. Written by Daniel Jos. Leary

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Taglines:

Den som synder, sover ikke. [He who sins, does not sleep.]


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Insomnia homepage

Country:

Norway

Language:

Norwegian | Swedish

Release Date:

29 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bezsennosc See more »

Filming Locations:

Nyksund, Norway See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,366, 31 May 1998

Gross USA:

$227,569

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$227,569
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Engström was originally written as a Norwegian. His nationality was changed to Swedish to reflect Stellan Skarsgård's country of origin. See more »

Goofs

When Jonas takes Frøya to the dump to see where Tanja was found, the site is so very tidy. No flies, the bones are not oxidized nor discolored, and everything looks staged. Dumps usually have a nasty smell and the actors do not seem to notice much of an odor. See more »

Quotes

Ane: I never remember how people look. Just the impression they make.
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Connections

Remade as Insomnia (2002) See more »

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Abby Road
Music by Stephen Loveday/Darren Loveday
Published by Music House/EMI Music Services
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brilliant and moody
22 June 2002 | by dafishheadSee all my reviews

Brilliant, moody, a bit creepy. A noirish thriller. Stellan Skarsgard gives a wonderfully subtle performance in the lead role of a Swedish police detective suffering from sleep deprivation while on assignment in Norway. Stylistically the director and cinematographer effectively recreate the alienated and somewhat hallucinatory feeling of being sleep deprived and in a foreign country. There's more to the story of course, but to reveal those details would spoil the surprises. Be warned, if you like your movie heroes uncomplicated then stay away from "Insomnia".


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