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Captain Hauptmann Koenig: [to Ruck] We have guns and they are afraid to die.

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Major Ruck: One thing more - my stay here shall be brief. I shall want a list of all the troublemakers in this town.

Captain Hauptmann Koenig: Ha-ha-ha! I would have to give you the name of every man, woman, and child!

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Gunnar Brogge: Every battle must have its dead.

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Gerd Bjarnesen: [Discussing the revolt] Then it's settled?

Knut Osterholm: No, not yet. I don't agree with the pastor, but there are doubts in my mind.

Mortensen - Tailor: You doubt, but my son in Oslo was arrested for cutting wires.

Knut Osterholm: To the Devil with your son in Oslo!

Mortensen - Tailor: You're a traitor!

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 would it accomplish?

Gerd Bjarnesen: What sacrifice? What are you giving up? Your life? Maybe they'll take that from you whhether 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 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? Like my father! To live in constant fear, to have blackings at your door, to talk in whispers, to have guards at your church doors!

Jensen - Shoemaker: Do you have any more objections?

Knut Osterholm: All I did was ask a question. A man has a right to ask a question. I'm satisfied with the answer.

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

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Sixtus Andresen: [to Koenig] The individual man must stand against you like a rock.

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Gunnar Brogge: An Englishman in that uniform? How do you do it?

Major Ruck: Do i ask you how to catch fish?

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Dr. Martin Stensgard: Brogge, why don't you leave me alone?

Gunnar Brogge: You're the only doctor in town.

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Captain Hauptmann Koenig: We have no room for philosophers.

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Dr. Martin Stensgard: Why must everything in the world be either black or white?

Karen Stensgard: Because that's the way the world is these days.

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Dr. Martin Stensgard: Sixtus Andressen, you're a man for whom we all have respect. You have taught our children... even some of us. We have found you to be wise. Surely in this matter, your wisdom...

Mortensen - Tailor: He's fallen asleep.

Sixtus Andresen: No, no, I was not asleep. I was thinking what to say when you asked me, and I knew that you would ask me. What can I say to you? How can I advise you? I've find now that I've lived more than 70 years, and all I know, I know from books, and in all the books I've read, not one do I remember that gives me an answer. Perhaps I read the wrong books. Forgive me if I've failed you. All this may prove a point.

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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 fear. Have blackings at your windows. Talk in whispers. Have guards at your church doors."

Jensen - Shoemaker: Do you have any more objections?

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Captain Hauptmann Koenig: What do you want?

Sixtus Andresen: I... thought it only right, considering that you are... de facto commandant of the village, to acquaint you with a decision that I've made.

Captain Hauptmann Koenig: I'm very busy.

Sixtus Andresen: I know. I hope you'll forgive me. I know I'm being selfish. But, uhh... Why did you want my house?

Captain Hauptmann Koenig: For a block house! But what was it you wanted to see me about?

Sixtus Andresen: I cannot let you have my house.

Captain Hauptmann Koenig: You what?

Sixtus Andresen: I must forbid you to enter my house.

Captain Hauptmann Koenig: [laughs hysterically] Are you insane? I could have you shot!

Sixtus Andresen: I know. But if you're interested, I'll tell you what brought me to my conclusion, which is, I can assure you, completely unshakeable. You see, I am well past seventy, and at my age it would be foolish for me to be like Socrates' enemies, and fear death more than I love truth.

Captain Hauptmann Koenig: Go on!

Sixtus Andresen: ...I have no guns, no airplanes, no force. I disdain.

Captain Hauptmann Koenig: SILENCE!

Sixtus Andresen: What you don't understand is that the individual man...

Captain Hauptmann Koenig: QUIET, YOU FOOL!

Sixtus Andresen:

  • The individual man must stand against you like a rock.


Captain Hauptmann Koenig: [shaking Andresen] Will you STOP!

Sixtus Andresen: [calmly] No. If I were afraid, there might be hope for you, but I am not.

[Koenig slaps Andresen across the face]

Sixtus Andresen: There are certain things you cannot take away from me... What is mine, is mine. Do you think you can stop the working of my brain and my heart?

[slap]

Sixtus Andresen: We are not animals; we are men.

[slap]

Sixtus Andresen: That is the foundation of law - you cannot win.

[slap]

Sixtus Andresen: Where are your courts?

[slap]

Sixtus Andresen: Your judges?

[slap]

Sixtus Andresen: And your juries?

[slap]

Sixtus Andresen: Until you bring them forward, I must forbid you my house.

Captain Hauptmann Koenig: HE 'FORBIDS'!

[knocks the old man down the stairwell]

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