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Cool and Crazy (2001)

Heftig og begeistret (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 19 January 2001 (Norway)
Much as Buena Vista Social Club revealed a rich and unexplored world of music and culture, Cool and Crazy introduces us to a group of men who find purpose, companionship and even fame, as members of a male choir in Berlevåg.

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Knut Erik Jensen

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Odd Marino Frantzen Odd Marino Frantzen ... Director
Einar F.L. Strand Einar F.L. Strand ... 1st Tenor
Arne Wensel Arne Wensel ... 1st Tenor
Kare Wensel Kare Wensel ... 1st Tenor
Arne Blomso Arne Blomso ... 1st Tenor
Leif Roger Ananiassen Leif Roger Ananiassen ... 1st Tenor
Eirik Daldorff Eirik Daldorff ... 1st Tenor
Odd-Arne Olsen Odd-Arne Olsen ... 1st Tenor
Eirik Nilsen Eirik Nilsen ... 1st Tenor
Nils Gronberg Nils Gronberg ... 1st Tenor
Reidar Strand Reidar Strand ... 2nd Tenor
Ragnar Rotnes Ragnar Rotnes ... 2nd Tenor
Randulf Antonsen Randulf Antonsen ... 2nd Tenor
Ole Jonny Larsen Ole Jonny Larsen ... 2nd Tenor
Einar Kristian Straumsne Einar Kristian Straumsne ... 2nd Tenor
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Much as Buena Vista Social Club revealed a rich and unexplored world of music and culture, Cool and Crazy introduces us to a group of men who find purpose, companionship and even fame, as members of a male choir in Berlevåg.

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Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

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Country:

Sweden | Norway

Language:

Norwegian

Release Date:

19 January 2001 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Cool and Crazy See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlevåg, Finnmark, Norway See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,875, 21 October 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,144, 22 June 2003
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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truth is stranger than fiction
26 June 2005 | by alexmillierSee all my reviews

Why would anyone want to see a film about the lives of people in a mens' choir in Northern Norway? I first saw this film in Norway without subtitles. As my command of Norsk is not so good, I missed much of the nuance but still enjoyed this delightful film. I now own a copy with subtitles and love sharing it with friends and family. As a professional musician I delight in a story of music bringing people from all walks of life and generations together. This film conveys that and more.

It shows how economic and physical hardship and adversity are not barriers to a fulfilling and happy life. Some may think it trivializes the lives of the subjects of the film, but I feel it celebrates them. It shows us how all our lives however ordinary they may seem to us, can be inspirational to others.

Sport is often lauded for its heroes, yet this film conveys the team spirit of a mens choir striving for a collective and individual best. Their pride and enthusiasm is infectious and uplifting as is their earthy humour.

This film is all that a blockbuster is not. It is about the human condition, about community, about respect for others and about real people.


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