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Song of Norway (1970)

Based on the life of Norway's greatest composer Edvard Grieg, and filmed in Norway where he lived. The soundtrack is all Edvard Grieg's music with added lyrics.

Director:

Andrew L. Stone

Writers:

Homer Curran (play), Milton Lazarus (musical play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toralv Maurstad Toralv Maurstad ... Edvard Grieg
Florence Henderson ... Nina Hagerup
Christina Schollin ... Therese Berg
Frank Porretta ... Richard Nordraak
Harry Secombe ... Bioernstjerne Bjoernson
Robert Morley ... Berg
Edward G. Robinson ... Krogstad
Elizabeth Larner Elizabeth Larner ... Mrs. Bjoernson
Oskar Homolka ... Engstrand
Frederick Jaeger ... Henrik Ibsen
Henry Gilbert Henry Gilbert ... Franz Liszt
Richard Wordsworth ... Hans Christian Andersen
Bernard Archard ... George Nordraak
John Barrie ... Mr. Hagerup
Wenche Foss Wenche Foss ... Mrs. Hagerup
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Based on the life of Norway's greatest composer Edvard Grieg, and filmed in Norway where he lived. The soundtrack is all Edvard Grieg's music with added lyrics.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A song for the heart to sing...for the world to love!


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Song of Norway See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,568,039
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character Krogstad does not appear in the original play. His name is borrowed from a character in Henrik Ibsen's play "A Doll's House", but otherwise he has nothing in common with the character in "Song of Norway". Ibsen wrote the play "Peer Gynt", for which Grieg wrote music in 1876. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Strauss and Vienna: On Location: The Great Waltz (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Church Bells Ringing
Music by Edvard Grieg
Music Adaptation and Lyrics by Chet Forrest (as George Forrest)
and Bob Wright (as Robert Wright)
Performed by chorus
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Well, compared to what? ;-)
17 June 2003 | by laurseneSee all my reviews

I saw this as a little kid taking piano lessons and loving Grieg's music. (That was in San Francisco - maybe I saw it at the same theater, the Paramount, as one of our earlier commenters?) All of 10 years old, I enjoyed it thoroughly. I suppose I wasn't a great judge of acting at that point, or of cinema in general (it was probably the third or fourth theatrical film I'd seen in my life at that point). So it was basically the music, voices, and scenery I was chewing on. I hadn't even heard the name "Carol Brady" then.

Haven't seen the film since, but I just wonder ... terrible compared to what? The soundtrack (a few cuts I have on a Grieg compilation) is miles better than the nursery-rhymes in Sound of Music, and for the most part the transliterated lyrics aren't a travesty. Florence Henderson doesn't make me gag any more than Julie Andrews or any other too-clean-and-scrubbed actor in the business. And what's wrong with casting an actual Norwegian as Grieg instead of ... I dunno, from the same era ... George Peppard? The movie even had a nice animated sequence for the kids.

Song of Norway was unlucky enough to arrive at the absolute tail end of the road-show-spectacular era of movie musicals, and I'm sure a lot of critics just had indigestion by that point, following Paint Your Wagon (with a singing, dancing Clint Eastwood!), Camelot (a singing, non-dancing Richard Harris!), The Happiest Millionaire (a singing, dancing Fred MacMurray!), and Darling Lili (Dame Julie's nadir). So what's so much worse about Song of Norway?

Got something against Scandinavian composers?!


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