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An Enemy of the People (1978)

G | | Drama | 17 March 1978 (USA)
A scientist stands against an entire town when he discovers their medicinal spa is polluted.

Director:

George Schaefer

Writers:

Arthur Miller (adaptation), Alexander Jacobs (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve McQueen ... Dr. Thomas Stockmann
Bibi Andersson ... Catherine Stockmann
Charles Durning ... Peter Stockmann
Richard Dysart ... Aslaksen (as Richard A. Dysart)
Michael Cristofer ... Hovstad
Michael Higgins ... Billing
Eric Christmas ... Morten Kiil
Robin Pearson Rose ... Petra Stockmann
Richard Bradford ... Captain Forster
John Levin John Levin ... Ejlif Stockmann
Ham Larsen ... Morten Stockmann
Louise Hoven Louise Hoven ... Randine
Glenn Ransom Glenn Ransom
Leon Charles Leon Charles
Harry Frazier Harry Frazier
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Storyline

It's winter in a small southern Norwegian town in the late nineteenth century. After years of struggling, Dr. Thomas Stockmann and his family - his wife Catherine, their young adult daughter Petra, and their two adolescent sons Ejlif and Morten - have returned to town after being away for five years up north, he now well respected and successful as the medical resident of the Health Institute at Kirsten Springs, where he is also a board member. He devised the springs and institute as a center of therapeutic benefits on his own, but developed it with his brother, the town mayor, Peter Stockmann, who is the board chair. They have reinvigorated what was the financially crumbling town. Peter takes credit for giving Thomas this air of respectability, something that has never been important to Thomas, who would rather be seen as a man of conviction in doing the right thing. In this respect, Petra takes after her father. Thomas often writes articles for the local activist newspaper, The ... Written by Huggo

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The story of a man of courage. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El enemigo del pueblo See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (opening and end sequence)| Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is Steve McQueen's first return to a movie role since his "retirement" after The Towering Inferno, in which he was one of the biggest box office draws, thereafter rejecting offer after offer (including Close Encounters of the Third Kind and William Friedkin's Sorcerer) until this very small, yet important, part came along. See more »

Quotes

Aslaksen: May we print it then?
Dr. Thomas Stockmann: Yes, print it. Print it!
Hovstad: I'll have it ready for tomorrow's edition.
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Version of An Enemy of the Society (1972) See more »

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A worthwhile film nobody got a chance to see...
25 February 1999 | by jv-5See all my reviews

It's too bad this little film got pulled from release before anybody got a chance to see it. It's quite good, actually. Steve McQueen -- known more for his rugged, action-packed roles -- is superb as a village doctor during the late 1800s who must speak up against an injustice taking place...even at the cost of his career and reputation. If you notice "An Enemy of the People" being shown on TV, do yourself a favor and see it. You won't be disappointed.


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