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Jackpot

Jackpot

About the Film

Based on a story by Norway’s leading crime novelist Jo Nesbø, Jackpot is a Coen Brothers-inspired take on homicidal greed and betrayal, Scandinavian-style.  When Christmas tree factory supervisor Oscar Svendsen wakes up terrified and bloody in a strip joint, with a shotgun in his hand and eight corpses surrounding him, he’s clearly going to have a lot of explaining to do.  Under the intense interrogation of hard-boiled detective Solør, Oscar begins piecing together the unbelievable story of how he won the top prize in a soccer pool with his 3 dangerous ex-con colleagues.  With a pile of cash at stake, the trio enters into a vicious battle over how to divide the money, dragging unwitting Oscar along for the violent ride.  This rollicking gory romp racks up an impressive body count -- and will keep you guessing until the very end.
Director: Magnus Martens

Reactions

"A black comic ride! Recalls The Usual Suspects.” - John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

"A brutally stylish pulp thriller! Savagely funny and deliciously dark. Works for fans of Tarantino at his pulp fiction best." - Mark Adams, Screen International

"This blackly comic, pulpy caper unspools at a rollicking pace. A stylish action-comedy full of spot on performances." - Alissa Simon, Variety

"A highly entertaining scandinavian thriller." - Philip French, The Guardian

“Throbbing with Coen Brothers cool” - Total Film

4 STARS “Bloody and brilliant” - Mark Adams, The Sunday Mirror

4 STARS “Keeps twisting and turning.”  - Kim Newman, Empire Magazine

Cast & Crew

Cast

Oscar: Kyrre Hellum
Thor: Mads Ousdal
Billy: Arthur Berning
Tresko: Andreas Cappelen
Solør: Henrik Mestad
Trine: Lena Kristin Ellingsen
Gjedde: Fridtjov Såheim

Crew

Director: Magnus Martens
Writer: Magnus Martens (screenplay), Jo Nesbø (story)
Producers: Martin Sundland, Are Heidenstrøm
Cinematography: Trond Høines
Original Music: Magnus Beite

Technical Info

Production Year: 2011
Countries of Production: Norway
Languages: Norwegian
Running Time: 1h 26m
Screen Ratio: 2.35:1
Color: Yes
Rating: Unrated

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Reactions

"A black comic ride! Recalls The Usual Suspects.” - John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

"A brutally stylish pulp thriller! Savagely funny and deliciously dark. Works for fans of Tarantino at his pulp fiction best." - Mark Adams, Screen International

"This blackly comic, pulpy caper unspools at a rollicking pace. A stylish action-comedy full of spot on performances." - Alissa Simon, Variety

"A highly entertaining scandinavian thriller." - Philip French, The Guardian

“Throbbing with Coen Brothers cool” - Total Film

4 STARS “Bloody and brilliant” - Mark Adams, The Sunday Mirror

4 STARS “Keeps twisting and turning.”  - Kim Newman, Empire Magazine

Detailed Film Info

Based on a story by Norway’s leading crime novelist Jo Nesbø, Jackpot is a Coen Brothers-inspired take on homicidal greed and betrayal, Scandinavian-style.  When Christmas tree factory supervisor Oscar Svendsen wakes up terrified and bloody in a strip joint, with a shotgun in his hand and eight corpses surrounding him, he’s clearly going to have a lot of explaining to do.  Under the intense interrogation of hard-boiled detective Solør, Oscar begins piecing together the unbelievable story of how he won the top prize in a soccer pool with his 3 dangerous ex-con colleagues.  With a pile of cash at stake, the trio enters into a vicious battle over how to divide the money, dragging unwitting Oscar along for the violent ride.  This rollicking gory romp racks up an impressive body count -- and will keep you guessing until the very end.

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