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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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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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Location shooting took place in Monterey County and on the Monterey Peninsula in California. Sites included Monterey and Monterey Bay, Cannery Row in New Monterey, Del Monte and the Del Monte Forest and in coves near Cypress Point. Special authorization was granted the production by the US Navy and US Army to shoot in a Restricted Military Zone in Del Monte in the environs of the Monterey Presidio. The New York Times reported on Sept. 27, 1942, that the production used a fleet of local fishing boats and two piers at Monterey. See more »

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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 »

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Sixtus Andresen: [to Koenig] The individual man must stand against you like a rock.
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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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A unique perspective on the battle lines in war
27 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

Edge of Darkness is a rare movie that makes you think about it weeks after you've seen it. It is also rare in that 7 or eight of the supporting performances hit much more deeply than the nominal star's. Errol Flynn is the star, playing a character named Gunnar no less, but in many ways, he is almost peripheral to the real life drama and depth of emotions brought to life by the supporting cast. Ann Sheridan, Nancy Colman, and Dame Judith Anderson all bring vividly to life the choices women are forced to make during an occupation, and Walter Huston, Helmut Dantine, John Beal, and Morris Carnovsky are equally memorable in their roles. A must see.


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