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The Last King (2016)

Birkebeinerne (original title)
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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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Nils Gaup

Writer:

Ravn Lanesskog
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jakob Oftebro ... Skjervald
Kristofer Hivju ... Torstein
Torkel Dommersnes Soldal Torkel Dommersnes Soldal ... Egil (as Torkel D. Soldal)
Ane Ulimoen Øverli ... Inga
Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Orm
Pål Sverre Hagen ... Gisle
Åsmund Brede Eike ... Stale (as Åsmund-Brede Eike)
Thorbjørn Harr ... Inge
Thea Sofie Loch Næss ... Kristin
Jeppe Beck Laursen ... Audun
Fridtjov Såheim ... Gard
Bjørn Sundquist Bjørn Sundquist ... Chancellor
Jonathan Oskar Dahlgren Jonathan Oskar Dahlgren ... Baby Håkon Håkonson
Ravn Lanesskog Ravn Lanesskog ... Lodin
Benjamin Helstad ... King Håkon
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Storyline

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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A story of legendary bravery


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Norway | Denmark | Sweden | Ireland | Hungary

Language:

Norwegian

Release Date:

17 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last King See more »

Filming Locations:

Lillehammer, Norway See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

NOK45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,599, 19 June 2016

Gross USA:

$8,905

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,705,618
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the publicity stills from the movie, which is shown on the back of the disc case and in the disc menu, is a recreation of the famous painting "Birkebeinerne på Ski over Fjeldet med Kongsbarnet" by Knud Bergslien. This painting is now housed in the Holmenkollen Ski Museum in Oslo, and shows the two rescuers on skis; one is holding an axe in one hand and cradling the infant in the other arm, and the other rescuer is holding a spear with both hands. See more »

Goofs

After Gisla and Inga went to bed, Inga sneaks out to release Inge from the dungeon. When Gisla runs after her and stops her, he is (albeit in a hurry, and just out of bed) fully and properly dressed. See more »

Quotes

King Håkon: Inge... in Borg, I shared a bed with a woman, Inga of Varteig. She gave birth to my son, Håkon Håkonsson. He shall inherit the throne.
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Crazy Credits

Quote at end of credits: "The difference between a novelist and a historian is this: that the former tells lies deliberately and for the fun of it; the historian tells lies and imagines he is telling the truth" See more »

Soundtracks

Sorgsamr
Vocals by Helene Bøksle
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 SeaBassEonSee 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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