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 <email@example.com>
A story incomparable of a people unconquerable.
Did You Know?
This film was apparently banned in Argentina when it was initially released. The government denied an exhibition permit for the film, citing that the picture could compromise that country's political neutrality. See more
When Anna Stensgard suggests they have a drink to celebrate Johann's return, her glass changes position between shots. It's first in her hand, then on the table, then back in her hand. See more
Dr. Martin Stensgard
Brogge, why don't you leave me alone?
You're the only doctor in town.
Referenced in Shadows
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