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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
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Katja
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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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Trivia

Errol Flynn went on trial on charges of rape during the production shoot of this movie. Warner Brothers studio chief Jack L. Warner rushed Flynn's previous film Gentleman Jim (1942) into theatrical release and even hired Flynn a lawyer. He was eventually acquitted of all charges. See more »

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The Germans have put Trollness under a dusk-to-dawn curfew, and any Norwegian who violates it is subject to summary execution. But when Dr. Stensgard scours the streets of Trollness for his daughter's rapist, it is night, and he passes dozens of German soldiers, any one of whom should have shot him on sight. See more »

Quotes

Knut Osterholm: 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?
Gerd Bjarnesen: 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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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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Superb story, director and actors
19 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I keep a list of 100 all time favorite movies. This movie is in the top fifty. It has superb actors: Walter Houston, Ruth Gordon, Errol Flynn, etc. The Director did an excellent job. The movie shows that humans, when beaten down too harshly, will rise up, if given the opportunity, to destroy the oppressor and restore freedom of choice. In this case, the German Nazis brutally oppress the Norwigans of a small fishing village. The full range of human emotions is displayed. This is drama at its best. It would help galvanize a world against the oppressor. After WWII the film is still applicable to world events somewhere. It is a great history movie!


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