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
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A story incomparable of a people unconquerable.
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Production took 30 days more than was scheduled. See more
When the German soldiers prepare to burn Andresen's belongings, they pour petrol from British WW2 4-gallon tin-plated cans (flimsies). Pressed steel 'jerry cans' were manufactured in Germany in 1937 and stockpiled in anticipation of war. German forces would have had access to the superior 'Wehrmacht-Einheitskanister' in 1942. Film-makers in 1943 did not. See more
I'm a farmer. If I lose my farm there must be a reason for it. The sacrifice of one poor village - what will it accomplish?
What sacrifice? What are you giving up? Your life? Maybe they'll take that from you whether you fight or not? Your farm? It isn't yours anyway until you fight for it. Your peace? What peace is there when a body of troops can come in the middle of the night and arrest you as a hostage. To be shot, for something you never did or never even thought of. To live in constant ...
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A Mighty Fortress is Our God (Ein' Feste Burg)
Traditional German hymn
Lyrics by Martin Luther
English translation by Frederick H. Hedge
Played and sung offscreen by an unidentified chorus during the opening credits, in the church,
and at the end
Variations in the score throughout See more