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Edge of Darkness (1943)

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

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Gunnar Brogge
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Karen Stensgard
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Dr. Martin Stensgard
Nancy Coleman ...
Katja
Helmut Dantine ...
Captain Koenig
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Gerd Bjarnesen
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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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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.

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Drama | War

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24 April 1943 (USA)  »

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Norway in Revolt  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names, if any): Michael Mark (Fisherman), Al Bridge (Whaler), Victor Potel, Richard Kipling and Vera Lewis. See more »

Goofs

The machine guns used by the Germans are in fact; American Browning M1917, and M1919 water cooled, and M1919 air cooled machine guns. See more »

Quotes

Captain Hauptmann Koenig: What do you want?
Sixtus Andresen: I... thought it only right, considering that you are... de facto commandant of the village, to acquaint you with a decision that I've made.
Captain Hauptmann Koenig: I'm very busy.
Sixtus Andresen: I know. I hope you'll forgive me. I know I'm being selfish. But, uhh... Why did you want my house?
Captain Hauptmann Koenig: For a block house! But what was it you wanted to see me about?
Sixtus Andresen: I cannot let you have my house.
Captain Hauptmann Koenig: You what?
Sixtus Andresen: I must forbid you to enter my house.
Captain Hauptmann Koenig: [laughs hysterically] Are you insane? I could have you shot!
Sixtus Andresen: I know. But if you're ...
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Referenced in Shadows (1959) 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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My Favorite WW II Movie of all time
14 May 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

From the mystery of the first scene, you know that this is not just another war movie. This dealt honestly and on a raw level with the gut-wrenching issues that emerge when a country is occupied by a people not very much unlike themselves. Both sides try to reconcile the apparent incongruities to peacefully co-exist and yet allow the Norwegians to keep their basic human dignity, but alas the positions are inevitably irreconcilable. Because the emotions it portrays are so genuine and honest, this is one of the best propaganda films made by the allies while the war was still ongoing. Nancy Colman and Judith Anderson are standouts in a uniformly excellent cast. I consider this the perfect war film.


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