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Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942)

Approved  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  30 December 1942 (USA)
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A gentle widower, enraged at Nazi atrocities against his peaceful Norwegian fishing village, escapes to Britain and returns leading a commando force against the oppressors.

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Judith Bowen
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Mrs. Bergesen
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Admiral Bowen (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Johan Bergesen
Robert Coote ...
Robert Bowen (as Flying Officer Robert Coote RCAF)
Rosemary DeCamp ...
Hilma Arnesen
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Elisabeth Fraser ...
Anna Korstad
Richard Derr ...
Gunnar Korstad
Erville Alderson ...
Johan Garme
Barbara Everest ...
Mrs. Olav
Rod Cameron ...
Pastor
Louis Jean Heydt ...
Karl Arnesen
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Schoolteacher
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Erik Toresen, widower and fishery observer, leads a quiet life in a small Norwegian town; but after the Nazi occupation, German abuses lead Erik to form a Resistance group. After a killing, Erik flees to the wilderness and finds a secret German air base; he resolves to escape to England with its location. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE FIRST GREAT SCREEN STORY OF TODAY'S GREAT HEROES...THE COMMANDOS! See more »

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30 December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ataque al amanecer  »

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Filmed near Victoria, British Columbia, from July to September, 1942. From "Actor: The Life & Times of Paul Muni" by Jerome Lawrence, GB Putnam's Sons, 1974. See more »

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When Eric Toresen (Paul Muni) left his daughter at Mrs. Olav's house and went into the mountains, he left behind the jacket he arrived with. Later after coming back down from the mountain, and without returning to Mrs. Olav's place, he has his jacket on again. See more »

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Schoolteacher: [watching a Nazi bookburning] I'm writing a novel myself. I'd be very disappointed if you gentlemen don't burn it.
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Opening credits prologue: For long past the kingdom of Norway had been a domain of peace.

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Commandos March
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Good take on the Norwegian spirit
19 June 2009 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

With the action coming in the last 20 minutes this isn't just a film about commandos. It is also a film about the Norwegians and how they, without commandos or training, but rather through gumption and nous, became a thorn in the side of the German occupation.

The simple plot of how a mild mannered Norwegian becomes a patriot is well told and they are many nice touches showing the Norwegian life at the time.

All in all a good war film, and one that while typical of the period has a heart and spirit about it that make it good viewing.

If it comes around and you like WWII films then catch it, it's well worth the time.


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