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Approved | | Drama, War | 24 April 1943 (USA)
After two years under German rule, a small Norwegian fishing village rises up and revolts against the occupying Nazis.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Robert Rossen (screenplay), William Woods (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Errol Flynn ... Gunnar Brogge
Ann Sheridan ... Karen Stensgard
Walter Huston ... Dr. Martin Stensgard
Nancy Coleman ... Katja
Helmut Dantine ... Capt. Koenig
Judith Anderson ... Gerd Bjarnesen
Ruth Gordon ... Anna Stensgard
John Beal ... Johann Stensgard
Morris Carnovsky ... Sixtus Andresen
Charles Dingle ... Kaspar Torgerson
Roman Bohnen ... Lars Malken
Richard Fraser ... Pastor Aalesen
Art Smith ... Knut Osterholm
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Storyline

It's two years after the Nazi's invasion of Norway and in a small fishing village that is headquarters to 150 German soldiers, the 800 locals are stewing, waiting for a supply of arms so they can revolt. Leaders include Karen Stensgard, whose father is the town's doctor and not all that sure that an open revolt will accomplish much and whose brother has proven disloyal to Norway previously, and Gunnar Brogge, a fisherman who was planning to sail to England to fight but changed his mind on hearing of English arms being delivered. Although the Nazi's cruelty is evident, the townspeople bide their time, until one incident causes the stewpot to boil over. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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A story incomparable of a people unconquerable.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Norway in Revolt See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,653,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,039,000, 31 December 1943

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,669,000, 31 December 1943
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Weather problems plagued the production. A thick fog delayed location filming for several weeks in the town of Monterey, CA. Errol Flynn got sick with a sinus illness, a condition that apparently was caused and/or aggravated by the bad weather. See more »

Goofs

When the doctor is treating a wounded villager, Flynn's character is holding a lantern for lighting. The lantern is a U.S. railroad lantern. See more »

Quotes

Sixtus Andresen: [to Koenig] The individual man must stand against you like a rock.
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Connections

Referenced in Shadows (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

A Mighty Fortress is Our God (Ein' Feste Burg)
(uncredited)
Traditional German hymn
Lyrics by Martin Luther (1535)
English translation by Frederick H. Hedge (1853)
Played and sung offscreen by an unidentified chorus during the opening credits, in the church,
and at the end
Variations in the score throughout
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Norway Stands Proud
5 May 2002 | by herbqediSee all my reviews

This terrific movie is remarkable for many things. It holds you in a vice-like grip from its unforgettable beginning. Nazi troops see the old flag of Norway flying and go to investigate but find hardly anyone still alive. Helmut Dantine is remarkable as one of the most humane and believable Nazi captains ever portrayed on film. The Germans have some respect for the Norwegians, some but perhaps not enough. Attempts to interact and work together are sabotaged by irreconcilable differences. The camera work and score are both magnificent. One interesting thing here as the movie's nominal star, Errol Flynn (playing a Norwegian named Gunnar (!) ), takes a back seat to riveting and magnificent performances by the supporting cast. Special standouts, besides Dantine, include Judith Anderson, Walter Huston, Nancy Coleman, Ann Sheridan, and John Beal. Watch it and you will never forget it.


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