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Halfway to Haugesund (1997)

Halvveis til Haugesund (original title)
Beat up punk rock legend Otto, of "Otto's Speedway Action Organ", finally gets another gig in Haugesund on Norway's west coast. He gets his father's car, a 1969 model Opel Diplomat, out of ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Geir Birk Nilsen Geir Birk Nilsen ... Otto
Yasmin Syed Yasmin Syed ... Farida Svalastog
Peter Garden Peter Garden ... Mr. Car
Eivind Haugestøl Eivind Haugestøl ... Shop Cashier
Gullik Gjerjordet Gullik Gjerjordet ... Shop Customer
Trygve Hynne Trygve Hynne ... Gas Station Owner (as Trygve Hinne)
Agnes Buen Garnås Agnes Buen Garnås ... Singer
Elisabeth Bestum Elisabeth Bestum ... Turid
Aslak Høgetveit Aslak Høgetveit ... Farmer
Åsne B. Aase Åsne B. Aase ... Cowboy Mother
Geir Aase Geir Aase ... Cowboy Son
Tarjei Skræi Tarjei Skræi ... Impala Owner
Ole J. Aasen Ole J. Aasen ... Am-car Club
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Venke Bakke Venke Bakke ... At Funeral
Gjermund Berdalen Gjermund Berdalen ... At Funeral


Beat up punk rock legend Otto, of "Otto's Speedway Action Organ", finally gets another gig in Haugesund on Norway's west coast. He gets his father's car, a 1969 model Opel Diplomat, out of hock, and proceeds to drive from Oslo to Haugesund. But he never gets to Haugesund. In Telemark, in Norway's heartland, he meets up with Pakistani "roots researcher" Farida. Who, complete with a broad Telemark accent, a Telemark surname, a cellular phone, and a laptop computer, makes a business out of finding Norwegian relatives in Telemark, for Americans desperately searching for roots. His car gets stolen by locals lusting for its Chevy V8 engine, and he ends up with an old Chevy Impala, traveling the labyrinths of roads that make up Telemark. Written by Steinar Bang <steinar@bang.priv.no>

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Det er eit helvete å ikkje ha bil i Telemark.


Comedy | Drama | Music






Norwegian | English

Release Date:

12 September 1997 (Norway) See more »

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Halfway to Haugesund See more »

Filming Locations:

Oslo, Norway See more »

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dBUT Productions See more »
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Was supposed to be finished in 1995. See more »


References Deliverance (1972) See more »


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Norwegian road-movie, with an eccentric cast and lots of humor.
7 December 1999 | by cottee-2See all my reviews

"Halvveis til Haugesund" has to be one of the strangest movies I've seen, but it has lots of qualities to it as well. In short the story goes as follows: Otto, an out of work keyboard player, gets a job offer in Haugesund. To get there he has to drive through the county of Telemark, where he meets Farida Svalastog. She makes a living by helping Americans to find their Norwegian ancestors (when she can't find any, she makes them up). After this strange things happen, and it seems impossible, literally, for Otto to get out of Telemark. This is a VERY eccentric movie, so be warned! But if you like weirdo characters, rural humor and Norwegian dialects...

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