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Birkebeinerne (2016)

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In the year 1206 Norway is raged by civil war. The King's illegitimate infant son, Håkon Håkonsson, which half the kingdom wants killed off, is guarded in secrecy by two men. A story which changed the course of the country's history.

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... Skjervald
... Torstein
Torkel Dommersnes Soldal ... Egil (as Torkel D. Soldal)
... Inga
... Orm
... Gisle
... Stale (as Åsmund-Brede Eike)
... Inge
... Kristin
... Audun
... Gard
Bjørn Sundquist ... Chancellor
Jonathan Oskar Dahlgren ... Baby Håkon Håkonson
Ravn Lanesskog ... Lodin
... King Håkon
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In the year 1206 Norway is raged by civil war. The King's illegitimate infant son, Håkon Håkonsson, which half the kingdom wants killed off, is guarded in secrecy by two men. A story which changed the course of the country's history.

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Rated R for violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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17 June 2016 (USA)  »

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The Last King  »

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NOK 45,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,599, 19 June 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,550, 26 June 2016
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The character "Gisle" is based on the real life Norwegian Jarl "Håkon the Crazy". The name was changed to avoid confusion in a movie that already have two Håkons. Jarl Håkon was also never directly antagonistic towards his brother, Inge, even though they are said to have had a shaky relationship at best. See more »

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The Norwegian coat of arms (a golden lion wearing a crown and holding an axe) appears throughout the movie, which takes place in and around 1204. However, the coat of arms did not exist in this form until approximately 1280. See more »

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Composed by Gaute Storaas and performed by Bratislava Symphony Orchestra
© (p) 2016 Lydmuren
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Longest ski chase in the history of cinema
4 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

Anyone who likes medieval action movie or historical re-enactment will enjoy this film. It's not a memorable film unfortunately. Sure there's dynamic double axe battles, Nordic landscapes to admire and history but it lacks that special touch masterpieces have.

Two men carry and protect the baby son of the dead king of Norwegia across the mountains from Lilhammer. They are Norwegian Ski Infantry (Birkebeiner).The Church wants this baby dead in order to take control of the other half of the country. Inspired by true events, these heroic stories changed Norwegian history forever.

Modern Birkebeiner racers also re-enact the famous ski tour, this time around going in the opposite direction. They are all required to bear a backpack weighing at least 3.5 kilos, meant to represent the pack containing the royal infant.


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