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Edge of Darkness (1943)

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

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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
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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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Storyline

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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Norway in Revolt  »

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

When the German soldiers prepare to burn Andresen's belongings, they pour petrol from British WW2 4-gallon tin-plated cans (flimsies). Pressed steel 'jerry cans' were manufactured in Germany in 1937 and stockpiled in anticipation of war. German forces would have had access to the superior 'Wehrmacht-Einheitskanister' in 1942. Film-makers in 1943 did not. See more »

Quotes

Gunnar Brogge: These Facists will never drive Norwegians out of Norway!
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Connections

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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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Comment on Roosevelt's over voice at the end of the film.
6 August 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am old enough to have seen "Edge of Darkness" first run during WWII, and believe me this was a powerful movie for a 13 year old during the war. I've always remembered the effect of President Roosevelt's over voice message at the end of the film. For those who haven't seen this film the message was an excerpt from a speech he made probably in late 1940 or 41, and it refers to the resistance of the people of Norway to the occupation by the Nazis. I wouldn't doubt that it is possible that this speech was the inspiration for the novel from which the film is based. Yes, the way this over voice was used was a wartime "message" or propaganda if you will, but having seen and re-seen every war film made during WWII, I think this was about the best use of wartime messages.


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