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Nine Lives (1957)

Ni liv (original title)
The movie takes place during World War II and depicts the true story of Jan Baalsruds amazing escape from the German army from the coast of Northern Norway and across the border to the ... See full summary »

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Arne Skouen

Writers:

David Howarth (book), Arne Skouen
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Fjeldstad Jack Fjeldstad ... Jan Baalsrud
Henny Moan Henny Moan ... Agnes
Alf Malland Alf Malland ... Martin
Joachim Holst-Jensen Joachim Holst-Jensen ... Bestefar
Lydia Opøien Lydia Opøien ... Jordmoren
Edvard Drabløs Edvard Drabløs ... Skolelæreren
Sverre Hansen Sverre Hansen ... Skomakeren
Rolf Søder Rolf Søder ... Sigurd Eskeland
Ottar Wicklund Ottar Wicklund ... Henrik
Olav Nordrå Olav Nordrå ... Konrad
Alf Ramsøy Alf Ramsøy ... Ivar, kjelketrekker
Jens Bolling Jens Bolling ... Alfred, kjelketrekker
Per Bronken Per Bronken ... Ole, kjelketrekker
Grete Nordrå Grete Nordrå ... Stenografen
Lillebil Nordrum Lillebil Nordrum ... Sykepleiersken
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The movie takes place during World War II and depicts the true story of Jan Baalsruds amazing escape from the German army from the coast of Northern Norway and across the border to the neutral country Sweden. Jan Baalsrud is on a sabotage mission from England to Norway together with 11 other soldiers in the winter of 1943 in a fishing boat when they are attacked by a German patrolboat. Jan Baalsrud is the only one who manages to escape and sets off towards Sweden through the enormous amounts of snow and the steep mountains of Norway. The local communities where he passes through help him despite the danger of being arrested and killed. Jan Baalsrud, snowblind and having to cut off his toes because of frost-damage survives alone in the mountains for weeks. The locals are constantly trying to get him over to Sweden, but German patrols and the winter storms delay their departure. Written by Holger Lockertsen <holger@lockertsen.com>

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The Most Exciting True Escape Story Ever Filmed!


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Country:

Norway

Language:

Norwegian

Release Date:

3 October 1957 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Nine Lives See more »

Filming Locations:

Troms, Norway

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Production Co:

Nordsjøfilm See more »
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Mono
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Trivia

Official submission of Norway for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 30th Academy Awards in 1958. See more »

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Referenced in De reddet hans liv (1988) See more »

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Amazing Film
30 July 2001 | by eivelnesSee all my reviews

One of the most astonishing and enthralling true adventure stories ever put to the screen It begins with an ambushed commando raid which leaves all but one of the expatriate resistance fighters dead or captured. Though he too has been shot,that one survivor, Jan Baalsrud, takes off on a courageous, incredible trek into the wilds of the Lyngen Alps. The Nazis pursue him relentlessly; he suffers frostbite and snow blindness, a terrible fall in an avalanche; at last,delirious and near death he chances on a cabin where the first of a series of remarkably brave and clever men and women come to his aid. These `ordinary heroes' will eventually get the crippled Baalsrud to safety and freedom, and the amazing story of how they do it, and of how Baalsrud lives through the doing. It fill us with admiration and wonder at what the human spirit is capable of. Most highly recommended indeed.


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