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Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997)

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Based on Peter Hoeg's bestseller, this film is set in snowy Copenhagen where a small boy is found dead after he fell off a roof. Smilla Jasperson, a close friend who lives in the same house... See full summary »

Director:

Bille August

Writers:

Peter Høeg (novel), Ann Biderman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ona Fletcher Ona Fletcher ... Inuit Hunter
Julia Ormond ... Smilla Jaspersen
Agga Olsen Agga Olsen ... Juliane Christiansen
Patrick Field Patrick Field ... Policeman
Matthew Marsh ... Detective
Gabriel Byrne ... The Mechanic
Jim Broadbent ... Dr. Lagermann
Tom Wilkinson ... Prof. Loyen
Charlotte Bradley Charlotte Bradley ... Mrs. Lagermann
Richard Harris ... Dr. Andreas Tork
Charles Lewsen Charles Lewsen ... Pastor (as Charles Lewson)
Robert Loggia ... Moritz Jaspersen
Emma Croft ... Benja
Bob Peck ... Ravn
Ann Queensberry ... Mrs. Schou
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Storyline

Based on Peter Hoeg's bestseller, this film is set in snowy Copenhagen where a small boy is found dead after he fell off a roof. Smilla Jasperson, a close friend who lives in the same house begins to suspect murder because she knows that the boy was afraid of heights and would not have played on the roof. As she begins to investigate, she is pulled deeper and deeper into a conspiracy that could very well mean her death. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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Snow covers everything...except the truth


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and a sex scene | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Denmark | Germany | Sweden

Language:

English | Inuktitut

Release Date:

28 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smilla's Sense of Snow See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$107,108, 2 March 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,221,994, 27 April 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Richard Harris played King Arthur in Camelot (1967), and Julia Ormond played Guinevere in First Knight (1995). See more »

Goofs

When Capt. Lukas is first seen in the casino, his hair, eyebrows, mustache are all black, with a little gray at the temples. The next day on, the ship, all of his hair is gray. See more »

Quotes

Jakkelsen: Everyone thinks you're a cop. Is that what you're doing here, spying on me?
Smilla: Actually, I came for a quick fuck, but you spoiled it by talking.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Jack Frost (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Quis est homo
(from Stabat Mater)
Written by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
performed by Kammerorchester 'Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach'
conducted by Hartmut Haenchen
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As evocative and poetic as the book.
15 March 2001 | by nmb666See all my reviews

Based upon the bestseller by Peter Hoeg, "Miss Smilla's feeling for snow", it would have been hard for the movie to disappoint. The performances by all are exceptional, not least Julia Ormonds portrayal of Smilla, as icy as the landscape that involves (and evolves) the movie. The movie has an almost poetic feel, so beautifully is it paced, and the story draws you in steadily as Smilla searched for the truth behind her young friends death. There are enough surprises, twists and turns to keep most people happy, and the warmth of the two leads performances are in great contrast to the snow that provides the story. I couldn't recommend this story enough to fans of the book, or anyone who is interested in seeing a movie that is not your ordinary run of the mill hollywood movie, but one with depth, character and genuine emotion.

Superb.


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