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The Snowman (2017)

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Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.


Tomas Alfredson


Peter Straughan (screenplay by), Hossein Amini (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Fassbender ... Harry Hole
Rebecca Ferguson ... Katrine Bratt
Charlotte Gainsbourg ... Rakel
Jonas Karlsson ... Mathias
Michael Yates Michael Yates ... Oleg
Ronan Vibert ... Gunnar Hagen
J.K. Simmons ... Arve Stop
Val Kilmer ... Rafto
David Dencik ... Vetlesen
Toby Jones ... DC Svensson
Genevieve O'Reilly ... Birte Becker
James D'Arcy ... Filip Becker
Jeté Laurence ... Josephine Becker
Adrian Dunbar ... Frederik Aasen
Chloë Sevigny ... Sylvia Ottersen / Ane Pedersen


When an elite crime squad's lead detective investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit, the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall. Written by Katrina L. Harrison

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Soon the first snow will fall, and the hunt for a killer begins. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for grisly images, violence, some language, sexuality and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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UK | USA | China | Sweden


English | Russian

Release Date:

20 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Snowman See more »

Filming Locations:

Norway See more »


Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,372,565, 22 October 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,670,765, 16 November 2017
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


J.K Simmons and Val Kilmer have both appeared in DC movies, Val Kilmer was in Batman Forever (1995), and J. K. Simmons in Justice League (2017). See more »


Every time Val Kilmers character speaks you can easily tell his voice is dubbed over with someone else's (this is because Val Kilmer was being treated for throat cancer during filming and because of the surgery his throat was swelled so much he wasn't able to talk correctly) See more »


[first lines]
Boy: Mom! Mom! Uncle Jonas is here.
Boy's Mother: No, it's not Tuesday today.
Boy: But he is. He's here.
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Härligt, Härligt Men Farligt, Farligt
Written by Bengt Palmers, Björn Skifs
Performed by Björn Skifs
Courtesy of Warner Music Sweden AB
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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A PBS styled gruesome murder mystery for the big screen where the butler did it.
20 October 2017 | by tlooknbillSee all my reviews

It's as if PBS decided to do a "Silence Of The Lambs" progressively edgy and gory styled detective story with the pace and attention to detail of a "Father Brown" murder mystery or "The Coroner".

Anyway, the production, cinematography and gorgeously orchestral and ambient musical soundtrack are the winners in "The Snowman". Never has snow looked so beautiful until you see it photographed in Norway.

To keep up with the plot you do have to pay attention to all the names of suspects, victims and time lines spoken abruptly in British accents within long contemplative pauses as if every character was avoiding breathing the cold air.

Val Kilmer is almost unrecognizable and his voice sounds dubbed which kinda' makes his character oddly more interesting where I wish he was given more screen time.

It's a decent, intelligently and beautifully produced movie perfect for curling up with some cocoa in cold winter months to find out who done it. I was just expecting more "Silence Of The Lambs" and less "Inspector Morse".

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