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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.

Director:

Nils Gaup

Writer:

Ravn Lanesskog
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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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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


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

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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:

NOK 45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,599, 19 June 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,550, 26 June 2016
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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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

In the film, Håkon Håkonsson appears while his father is still alive. In real life, he was not born until 2 or 3 months after his father, King Håkon Sverresson, died. See more »

Quotes

Skjervald: Be harmless.
Torstein: Huh?
Skjervald: She has borne a child by the king, Torstein.
Torstein: I'm just looking out for the child, it's okay, Skjervald. The child.
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Svik
Composed by Gaute Storaas and performed by Bratislava Symphony Orchestra
© (p) 2016 Lydmuren
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Beautiful and entertaining, but a bit genre confused film
12 February 2016 | by OJTSee all my reviews

The Last King (Birkebeinerne) is the fourth Northern from acclaimed Norweiagn Oscar nominee director Nils Gaup, which was Ocar nominated for his first inside just this genre, Pathfinder (Veiviseren). And this film has many parts which resembles just that film.

This is also based on an ancient old story. Back in 1206, when there was a civil war raging Norway, with basis in religion and country over the wast country in Nothern Europe. we're told the fight for the crown of the Norwegian empire. Also Pathfinder was based on a long gone true story, at least as a story told through generations.

I would think Nils Gaup should be able to make a rally good movie out of this, like he did with both Pathfinder and the brilliant The Kautokeino Rebellion. I'm afraid this film is a bit closer to the flop Tashunga. all of which were Northers, with stories i snowy landscapes.

The film wants to entertain. maybe a bit too much. The audience did laugh,several times, but the excitement and the funny parts are not that well kept together as I would like. Still this film has many interesting and worthy parts, making this an overall OK entertainment, while the true story is well kept in story telling.

This film is very beautiful, with awesome nature and winter filming. It's also fantastic to see the skiers do their part. The film functions to a great part, though there are some fighting scenes which I don't think works that well, I also found some of the dialog a bit stale, but that won't bother most watchers around the world. a couple of actors also seems like they have trouble, like Kristofer Hivju, who really uses his big eyes too much, and the young princess is also less believable, I'm afraid.

Still, this story functions enough for a 6/10.


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