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April 9th (2015)

9. april (original title)
On April 9, 1940 Germany invaded Denmark. Based on real events - in Southern Jutland a military unit on bicycles was sent south to help hold back the Germans until reinforcement.

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Roni Ezra

Writer:

Tobias Lindholm
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Cast

Credited cast:
Pilou Asbæk ... Sekondløjtnant Sand
Lars Mikkelsen ... Oberstløjtnant Hintz
Martin Greis-Rosenthal ... Løjtnant Gjermansen (as Martin Greis)
Elliott Crosset Hove ... Menig Lassen
Joachim Fjelstrup Joachim Fjelstrup ... Sergent Bundgaard
Gustav Dyekjær Giese ... Menig Andersen
Simon Sears ... Kaptajn Holm
Ari Alexander ... Menig Justesen
Jannik Lorenzen Jannik Lorenzen ... Menig Gram
Pelle Emil Hebsgaard ... Guard
Mette Munk Plum Mette Munk Plum ... Bondekone
Maylenah Carmen Angellina Wiliemsborg ... Gående Kone (as Maylenah Marion Dalgaard)
Sebastian Bull Sarning ... Menig Lundgren
Morten Hauch-Fausbøll Morten Hauch-Fausbøll ... Major Fladsaa
Lukas Schwarz Thorsteinsson Lukas Schwarz Thorsteinsson ... Signalofficer
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In the early morning of April 9th 1940 the Danish army is alerted. The Germans have crossed the border; Denmark is at war against Europe's strongest army. In Southern Jutland Danish bicycle- and motorcycle companies are ordered out, to against all odds, hold back the forces until the Danish reinforcements can be mobilized. In the fatal hours, we follow second lieutenant Sand (Pilou Asbæk) and his bicycle company - they will as the first Danish soldiers meet the enemy in combat on April 9th 1940. Written by Nordisk Film Production A/S

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Country:

Denmark

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Danish | German

Release Date:

12 March 2015 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

9 апреля See more »

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Trivia

The first combat jump in military history using paratroopers was also commenced on April 9th, when German Fallschirmjägers were dropped at Aalborg Air Base and the Storstrøms Bridge. It was vital for the Germans to secure Aalborg Air Base in Northern Jutland for the Luftwaffe to refuel on their route to bomb targets in Norway, and the air base was in German hands and ready to fuel bombers before noon that same day. See more »

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(at around 38 mins) The Germans are firing an MG 42 in a battle in 1940. See more »

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Interesting, nothing more.
17 April 2016 | by kyliem11See all my reviews

The true story of the German army invading Denmark on April 9th 1940. The first line of defence is the South Jutland Bicycle Company, their orders are to hold back the might of the German army until reinforcements arrive.

It's a little strange seeing them cycling around with a light machine gun strapped to their crossbar and being ordered to change a bicycle tyre in under 1.5 minutes!

There is no connection between any of the soldiers, most of them don't seem to care one way or another weather they are defeated or not. The acting is quite forced but as a historical account of young men sent to do an impossible job it is quite interesting, although they were badly let down when the Danish government surrendered a few hours in.


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