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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$221,173, 13 December 1998
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Runtime:

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

Early in the film at the autopsy scene, the boom mic can be seen momentarily at the top of the screen. See more »


Soundtracks

Second Side
Music by Anasthesia
Joachim Arnesen/Philip J. Borgli/Syver Normann
Kai Saturday/Petter Sveen/Arne Woldhaug
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Fascinating thriller with a brilliant performance from the woefully underrated Stellan Skarsgard.
20 April 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I was REALLY impressed by 'Insomnia', the directorial debut from Norwegian Erik Skjoldbjaerg. If this movie is any indication of his talents he is one writer/director to watch! I have yet to see Christopher Nolan's Hollywood remake of this movie but I would be extremely surprised if it manages to equal it, let alone top it. (And I absolutely loved 'Memento') At first you think you're going to see something you've seen a hundred times, a mismatched "buddy" cop movie or your standard serial killer mystery, but the movie quickly enters unfamiliar territory and manages to subvert expectations. Apart from Stellan Skarsgard ('Breaking The Waves', 'Ronin') the cast was unknown to me, but they are all first rate, and I couldn't say there was a bad piece of acting throughout. But Skarsgard, a woefully underrated actor, steals the whole show with an utterly brilliant and compelling performance that shows a depth rarely seen by Hollywood actors, especially in thrillers. 'Insomnia' is a fantastic movie that I cannot fault. The less you know about it the better. Whatever you do, SEE this movie! Highly recommended, especially for those sick and tired at how most thrillers made these days are so predictable and formulaic. It doesn't have to be so, and 'Insomnia' proves it!


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