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Insomnia (2002)

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Movie poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Release Date 2002
Language English
Studio Alcon Entertainment
Witt/Thomas Productions
Section Eight Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Detective Will Dormer Al Pacino
Walter Finch Robin Williams
Detective Ellie Burr Hilary Swank
Detective Hap Eckhart Martin Donovan
Detective Fred Duggar Nicky Katt

Insomnia is a 2002 thriller starring Al Pacino as Will Dormer, a sleep-deprived LAPD detective who travels to Alaska to investigate a murder in a small town. The film co-stars Robin Williams as Walter Finch, a novelist who could provide the key to solving the murder, and Hilary Swank as Ellie Burr, a young Alaskan police officer who looks to Dormer for guidance. The film was directed by Christopher Nolan and is a remake of the 1997 Norwegian film of the same name.

The following weapons were used in the film Insomnia:



Smith & Wesson 4505

The Smith & Wesson 4505 is the primary sidearm of LAPD Detectives Will Dormer (Al Pacino) and Hap Eckhart (Martin Donovan). Coincidentally, this rare 4506 variant (only 1200 units made in 1991) also happened to be the sidearm carried by Robert De Niro (the actor often compared to Al Pacino), who in the same year as this film, portrayed an aging LAPD veteran detective in the film Showtime. This pistol is also seen in the hands of Det. Ellie Burr (Hilary Swank).

Smith & Wesson 4505 .45 ACP
Detective Will Dormer (Al Pacino) tries to see through the fog with his 4505 in hand.
Detective Hap Eckhart (Martin Donovan) prepares to kick the door in with his 4505 in hand and his finger off the trigger.
A closeup of Dormer's 4505.
"Where is she, Finch?" Will Dormer (Al Pacino) draws his S&W during a confrontation.
Det. Ellie Burr (Hilary Swank) picks up the S&W.

Walther PPK/S

Dormer (Al Pacino) also carries a Walther PPK/S as a backup weapon. He keeps it in the three o'clock position in a back holster. In the film it is referred to as being a 9mm, which, while generally referring to the 9x19mm (which would be incorrect) it would still be technically correct if it is chambered in .380ACP, known as the German 9mm Kurz or 9mm short (9x17mm). Since the revolver that is used to frame Finch is a .38 Special (9x29mmR), it is practically certain that Dormer's PPK/S is a .380.

Walther PPK/S - .380 ACP
After his 4505 jams, Dormer draws his PPK/S.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

Walter Finch (Robin Williams) keeps a Smith & Wesson Model 10, .38 Special that once belonged to his uncle. Detective Farrell (Larry Holden) is shot in the leg with one in the beachfront scene. Dormer finds it and later uses it to try and frame Finch for shooting his partner Hap Eckhart. However, Finch outsmarts Dormer and passes the frame on to Randy Stetz (Jonathan Jackson).

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver with long barrel and Gold Medallion grips - .38 Special
Dormer (Al Pacino) plants the Model 10 in a vent.
The Model 10 is found in a quart of oil. Note the officer's radio, an 800MHz portable- which would be incorrect for Alaska.

Glock 23

Second-generation Glock 23 handguns are carried by several Nightmute police officers including Ellie Burr (Hilary Swank). In their discussion of the recovered 9mm shell casing, Ellie mentions that "none of us carries a 9mm weapon or a backup weapon," which means that they are likely carrying .40 caliber Glocks. Finch is seen later holding one.

Glock 23 (2nd Generation) - .40 S&W
Ellie runs through the fog with her Glock drawn.
Ellie reaches for her Glock before being knocked out.
"You forgot the wild card, Will." Finch (Robin Williams) aims Ellie's Glock.

Glock 22

The Nightmute police also carry second generation Glock 22s. Detective Duggar (Nicky Katt) carries a Glock 22 as his sidearm. It can be identified as a 22 and not a 23 by its longer slide and barrel.

Glock 23 (2nd Generation) - .40 S&W
Det. Duggar (Nicky Katt) is the first through the door with his Glock 22. Note the longer slide of the full-size model.


Double Barreled Shotgun

Finch (Robin Williams) shoots at Dormer and Ellie Burr with a 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun at the film's climax at the fishing cabin.

Stoeger/IGA Coach imported side by side shotgun - 12 Gauge
Finch fires the shotgun.
Dormer (Al Pacino) fires the shotgun.

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