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22 July (2018)

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A three-part story of Norway's worst terrorist attack in which over seventy people were killed. 22 July looks at the disaster itself, the survivors, Norway's political system and the lawyers who worked on this horrific case.


Paul Greengrass


Paul Greengrass, Åsne Seierstad (based upon the book "One of Us" by)
1,147 ( 363)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anders Danielsen Lie ... Anders Behring Breivik
Jonas Strand Gravli ... Viljar Hanssen
Jon Øigarden ... Geir Lippestad
Maria Bock ... Christin Kristoffersen
Thorbjørn Harr ... Sveinn Are Hanssen
Seda Witt ... Lara Rachid
Isak Bakli Aglen ... Torje Hanssen
Ola G. Furuseth Ola G. Furuseth ... Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg
Marit Andreassen Marit Andreassen ... Prime Minister Aide #1 (as Marit Adeleide Andreassen)
Øystein Martinsen ... Prime Minister Aide #2
Valborg Frøysnes Valborg Frøysnes ... Prime Minister Aide #3
Harald Nordmann Harald Nordmann ... Simon Sæbø (as Thor-Harald Normann)
Anders Kulsrud Storruste Anders Kulsrud Storruste ... Anders Kristiansen
Monica Borg Fure Monica Borg Fure ... Utøya Camp Leader
Mathias Eckhoff Mathias Eckhoff ... Utøya Security


In Norway on 22 July 2011, right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik murdered 77 young people attending a Labour Party Youth Camp on Utøya Island outside of Oslo. A three-part story. About the survivors of the attacks, the political leadership of Norway, and the lawyers involved. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The true story of a day that started like any other. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violence, graphic images, and language. | See all certifications »

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Norway | Iceland | USA


English | Norwegian

Release Date:

10 October 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Vestfold, Norway See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Turid Gunnes (Mette Larsen) & Thorbjørn Harr (Sveinn) also worked together on Maria (2008) as Kari Baltersen & Bjørn Kvisgård respectively. See more »


In some of the scenes right after the shooting on Utøya begins, one of the employees who informs the prime minister of the shooting can be seen holding an iPhone 5. This model was not released until September 2012. See more »


Anders Behring Breivik: I'd do it all again if I could.
Geir Lippestad: You didn't win, Anders. You failed.
Anders Behring Breivik: There will be others to finish what I've started.
Geir Lippestad: And we will beat you. My children and their children. They will beat you.
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Not an action-thriller
10 October 2018 | by t-viktor212See all my reviews

July 22, rather than being a film about just the terror attack itself, spends most of its screentime on its consequences. Due to such a misleading title I can't say that the film met my expectations, though it still being a remarkable work.

We know Greengrass for directing excellent action-thrillers based on actual events (other than three Bourne films): United 93, Captain Phillips and Bloody Sunday are all accounts set in narrow time frames, that focus mainly on the action and have a documentaristic style.

When I first heard of '22 July', I thought it would be another action-thriller, focusing mostly or esclusively on the attack itself. The title seemed to suggest this too. I particularly liked United 93, so I really hoped for this film to follow that style. When, at the 30 minutes mark, the part focusing on the actual attack ended, I felt a bit disappointed.

Around three quarters of the film focus on the aftermath of the event, probably to differentiate it from another film being released this year that is also about the 22 July terrorist attack, but focuses solely on the events that occured on the island. This choice allows however some depth to the film, and introduces some deeper political subthemes that an action-thriller film would have not been able to tackle. A central theme of the movie, for instance, is right-wing extremism, a very actual topic in Europe and western society of nowadays.

The entire film is composed by two parallel narratives, one focusing on the perpetrator and the other on one of the victims. The two narratives have two meeting points, when the two characters they're focused on meet for the first time, and towards the end of the film. The parallelism is very strong in most of the scenes of the film, another remarkable aspect.

I particularly appreciated the choice of using norvegian actors for all the roles, an element that added realism. The actor portraying the terrorist did a particularly good performance.

So, don't expect to watch a thriller, but rather a "based on real events" film directed by maybe the best living filmmaker that had a past in war-reporting journalism.

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