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?
According to the book "The Films of World War II" by Joe Morella, Edward Z. Epstein and John Griggs, the production was beset by many problems. The book states: "Ann Sheridan
parted from husband George Brent
; Errol Flynn
was indicted for rape; location shooting in a small California town was delayed several weeks because of fog, during which Ruth Gordon
and Judith Anderson
were besieged with telegrams from Katharine Cornell
demanding their return to New York for her stage production of 'The Three Sisters'. Miss Gordon was restrained from leaving, but not before letting it be known that she hated Hollywood and the picture. Fortunately for Warners, the fog lifted, Flynn was acquitted, and the film was completed." 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
Captain Hauptmann Koenig
We have guns and they are afraid to die.
Featured in Warner at War
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