Saturday, July 26, 2008

"Orions belte"

This movie was filmed in two different versions at essentially the same time: first in Norwegian, then in English.

"Orions Belte"
International title: "Orion's Belt"
Genre: Suspense/Action/Cold War
Language: Norwegian, English
Running time: 87 minutes

Directed by Ola Solum (Norwegian version), Tristan deVere Cole (English version)

Cast includes:

Helge Jordal as Tom
Sverre Anker Ousdal as Lars
Hans Ola Sørlie as Sverre
Kjersti Holmen as Eva

Synopsis: "This is an exciting thriller about three men who accidentally stumble upon a Russian spy station on "Orion's Belt," a remote segment of the Norwegian island that is their home. Tom (Jordal), Lars (Ousdal), and Sverre (Sørlie) run a barely profitable business boating tourists around the fjords and showing off the stunning landscapes that are a part of their coastline. But since this business has limited potential, one day the three decide to smuggle out a tractor and sell it for a good return in Greenland. On the way back from that successful venture, a storm hits hard, and they seek shelter on the northern, deserted shore of their island. There they discover the Russian spy station. The three are soon spotted, and though they try to make an escape in their boat, a Russian helicopter nearly shoots it out from under them. Tom's ingenuity devises a way to down the chopper, but soon another looms on the horizon to take its place. Eventually, Tom alone makes his way back home and then is summoned to Oslo for a meeting with the authorities, an encounter that turns out to be very different than expected. (Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide)"

The first ten minutes or so of the English version:

and various scenes from the Norwegian version, via YouTube:

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