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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)  »

Also Known As:

Norway in Revolt  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Dr. Martin Stensgard: Brogge, why don't you leave me alone?
Gunnar Brogge: You're the only doctor in town.
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Connections

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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Norway Stands Proud
5 May 2002 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This terrific movie is remarkable for many things. It holds you in a vice-like grip from its unforgettable beginning. Nazi troops see the old flag of Norway flying and go to investigate but find hardly anyone still alive. Helmut Dantine is remarkable as one of the most humane and believable Nazi captains ever portrayed on film. The Germans have some respect for the Norwegians, some but perhaps not enough. Attempts to interact and work together are sabotaged by irreconcilable differences. The camera work and score are both magnificent. One interesting thing here as the movie's nominal star, Errol Flynn (playing a Norwegian named Gunnar (!) ), takes a back seat to riveting and magnificent performances by the supporting cast. Special standouts, besides Dantine, include Judith Anderson, Walter Huston, Nancy Coleman, Ann Sheridan, and John Beal. Watch it and you will never forget it.


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