May 24th, 2002



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Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 7.2/10 (101,498 voted)

Critic's Score: 78/100

Director: Christopher Nolan

Stars: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

Sent from the city to investigate the murder of a teenage girl in a small Alaska town, a police detective (Pacino) accidentally shoots his own partner while trying to apprehend a suspect. Instead of admitting his guilt, the detective is given an unexpected alibi, but this "solution" only multiplies the emotional complexity and guilt over his partner's death. He's also still got a murder to solve, in addition to the blackmail and framing of an innocent bystander being orchestrated by the man they were chasing. There's also a local detective (Swank) who is conducting her own personal investigation... of his partner's death. Will it all come crashing down on him?

Writers: Hillary Seitz, Nikolaj Frobenius

Al Pacino - Will Dormer
Robin Williams - Walter Finch
Hilary Swank - Ellie Burr
Oliver 'Ole' Zemen - Pilot
Martin Donovan - Hap Eckhart
Paul Dooley - Chief Nyback
Nicky Katt - Fred Duggar
Larry Holden - Farrell
Jay Brazeau - Francis
Lorne Cardinal - Rich
James Hutson - Officer #1
Andrew Campbell - Officer #2
Paula Shaw - Coroner
Crystal Lowe - Kay Connell
Tasha Simms - Mrs. Connell

Taglines: Days never end. Nightmares are real. No one is innocent.


Official Website: Warner Bros. [United States] | e-Pipoca [Brazil] (Portuguese) |

Release Date: 24 May 2002

Filming Locations: Alaska, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $46,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $26,068,419 (USA) (27 May 2002) (2610 Screens)

Gross: $113,714,830 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Harrison Ford was considered for the role of Will Dormer (Al Pacino).

Revealing mistakes: Obvious stunt double with a wig as Dormer is chasing Finch immediately prior to the log-chase sequence.

Finch: You and I share a secret. We know how easy it is to kill someone. That ultimate taboo. It doesn't exist outside our own minds.

User Review

Nolan can now be considered one of the best!

Rating: 8/10

INSOMNIA is not only the third film of acclaimed director Christopher Nolan (his first two were FOLLOWINGS and MEMENTO), but also a film that is able to intertwine the acting talents of three Academy Award winners. Al Pacino plays a celebrated cop who is asked to work on the case of a murdered girl in Alaska. Hilary Swank plays the local law enforcement who has her eyes on making a big case. Robin Williams plays a troubled Alaskan writer. Without giving anything away, INSOMNIA is definitely worth it. Some may see it, and be disappointed. One way to steer away from this failure is think of INSOMNIA as a psychological thriller rather than a "Shoot 'em up" thriller. INSOMNIA is story about loyalty and human emotion. Don't get me wrong, the movie is thrill-packed, but let's just say--You don't need blood and gore to make the audience members be on the edge of their seats (which I was). INSOMNIA hits all of its points including acting, directing, screenwriting, and cinematography. It's a first class thriller with great characters. On a side note...Pacino is worthy of an Oscar for his performance, Williams is equally excellent, and Swank also deserves recognition for complete scope of acting. A job well done by these three actors, and especially the man behind the curtain, Christopher Nolan!


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