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Pioneer (2013)

Pionér (original title)
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A thriller set at the beginning of the 1980's Norwegian Oil Boom and centered on a diver whose obsession with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea leads to tragedy.

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Erik Skjoldbjærg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aksel Hennie ... Petter
Wes Bentley ... Mike
Stephen Lang ... John Ferris
Stephanie Sigman ... Maria Salatzar
Jonathan LaPaglia ... Ronald
Ane Dahl Torp ... Pia
Jørgen Langhelle ... Leif
André Eriksen ... Knut Jensen
David A. Jørgensen ... Jørgen Heimland
Eirik Stubø Eirik Stubø ... Ivar Jeger
Endre Hellestveit Endre Hellestveit ... Trond
Laurents Rørvik Laurents Rørvik ... Martin
Janne Heltberg Janne Heltberg ... Trude Svendsen
Jerker Fahlström ... Jørgens far
Tyrone C. Wiggins Tyrone C. Wiggins ... Vakt (as Tyrone Wiggins)
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Storyline

This conspiracy thriller is set in the early 80's, the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom. Enormous oil and gas deposits are discovered in the North Sea and the authorities aim to bring the oil ashore through a pipeline from depths of 500 meters. A professional diver, Petter, obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea has the discipline, strength and courage to take on the world's most dangerous mission. But a sudden, tragic accident changes everything. Petter is sent on a perilous journey where he loses sight of who's pulling the strings. Gradually he realizes that he is in way over his head and that his life is at stake. Written by Websurfer

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1980s | downward spiral | oil | sea | diver | See All (38) »

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When your ultimate adventure becomes your ultimate nightmare


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Norway | Germany | Sweden | France | Finland

Language:

Norwegian | English

Release Date:

5 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pioneer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR5,555,559 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,857, 7 December 2014

Gross USA:

$6,871

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,656,152
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

About 1 hour into the movie you can spot the AdO-arena, the swimming hall in Bergen city, in the background. The movie is supposed to take place in the 80's, but the swimming hall wasn't build until 2014. See more »

Goofs

(at around 35 mins) Petter opens a bag containing bundles of U.S. dollar bills. All denominations shown are clearly the currency designs that began circulation in the late 1990's. The movie is set in 1979. See more »

Connections

Remade as Pioneer See more »

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Drama
18 June 2015 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

It might feel like a TV movie of the week at times, but it does have an interesting story to tell and is far more decent than you might expect. And suspenseful for that matter. The underwater scenes look really good and the acting is up to the task as well (as the men were back when this unfolds).

Not sure how much of the things shown, actually transpired, (this is based on real events during the 80s you see?) but the movie does a good job holding any viewers attention with people trying to find out what is actually going on ... will they find out? What consequences will there be either way though? It gets political at times obviously, but in a good way if there is one


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