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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.



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


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


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Official Insomnia homepage




Release Date:

29 May 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bezsennosc  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Engström was originally written as a Norwegian. His nationality was changed to Swedish to reflect Stellan Skarsgård's country of origin. See more »


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 »


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Music by Stephen Loveday/Darren Loveday
Published by Music House/EMI Music Services
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No Comparison!!!
5 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

We saw this film when it first came out & we loved it. Last Sunday (5/26/02) we saw the new remake, & Monday we watched this version again on video. Wow! If you ever need an example of how Hollywood can take a classic & really trash it up, here's your case study. Everything about the new Christoper Nolan film looks totally cheesy when compared to Skjoldbjaerg's spare and completely original vision.

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