Insomnia [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1997]

  • SKU: 8191674
  • Release Date: 07/22/2014
  • Rating: NR
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

Special Features

  • New conversation between director Erik Skjoldbjærg and actor Stellan Skarsgård
  • Two short films by Skjoldbjærg: Near Winter (1993) and Close to Home (1994)
  • Trailer


Norwegian filmmaker Erik Skjoldbjaerg makes his directorial debut with the psychological police drama Insomnia. Swedish homicide detective Jonas Engström (Stellan Skarsgård) and his partner, Erik Vik (Sverre Anker Ousdal), arrive in a small Northern Norwegian town to help the local police investigate the murder of a teenage girl. When Jonas finds the girl's backpack, he sets a trap for the killer near a remote shed. While waiting to make an ambush in the morning fog, Jonas accidentally shoots Erik. He knows it was only an accident, but he decides to keep it a secret because he could lose his job. Jonas chooses to carry on with his investigation while trying to cover up the evidence of Erik's death. Meanwhile, he's unable to get any sleep due to the constant sunlight of the Norwegian summer and his increasingly guilty conscience. His only help comes from highly intuitive local police officer Hilda Haugen (Gisken Armand), who begins to form her own doubts about Jonas. As he continues to lose his grip on the case at hand, he becomes dangerously close to the suspects, Jon Holt (Bjørn Floberg) and Frøya (Marianne O. Ulrichsen). Filmmaker Christopher Nolan directed the English-language remake of Insomnia in 2002 with Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Gisken Armand
    Gisken Armand - Hilde Hagen
  • Maria Bonnevie
    Maria Bonnevie - Ane
  • Bjørn Floberg
    Bjørn Floberg - Jon Holt
  • Sverre Anker Ousdal
    Sverre Anker Ousdal - Erik Vik

Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Original and Best

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    I saw Christopher Nolan's remake with Al Pacino and Robin Williams first. A great film, and a great blu-ray. But the original is grittier and darker, with an amazing performance by Skarsgard. Presented here in a sparkling new transfer from Criterion, a huge upgrade from their old dvd. Highly recommended. Don't miss it!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must See Original

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    this films is a great depiction of the human psyche. it is thought provoking and great at showing the main character's walk through very morally grey areas.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent movie

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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This is a much better movie than the American remake. Great performance by Stellan Skarsgard.

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