Nine Lives (1957)
"Ni liv" (original title)

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The movie takes place during World War II and depicts the true story of Jan Baalsruds amazing escape from the German army from the coast of Northern Norway and across the border to the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Fjeldstad ...
Jan Baalsrud
Henny Moan ...
Alf Malland ...
Joachim Holst-Jensen ...
Lydia Opøien ...
Edvard Drabløs ...
Sverre Hansen ...
Rolf Søder ...
Sigurd Eskeland
Ottar Wicklund ...
Olav Nordrå ...
Alf Ramsøy ...
Ivar, kjelketrekker
Jens Bolling ...
Alfred, kjelketrekker
Per Bronken ...
Ole, kjelketrekker
Grete Nordrå ...
Lillebil Nordrum ...


The movie takes place during World War II and depicts the true story of Jan Baalsruds amazing escape from the German army from the coast of Northern Norway and across the border to the neutral country Sweden. Jan Baalsrud is on a sabotage mission from England to Norway together with 11 other soldiers in the winter of 1943 in a fishing boat when they are attacked by a German patrolboat. Jan Baalsrud is the only one who manages to escape and sets off towards Sweden through the enormous amounts of snow and the steep mountains of Norway. The local communities where he passes through help him despite the danger of being arrested and killed. Jan Baalsrud, snowblind and having to cut off his toes because of frost-damage survives alone in the mountains for weeks. The locals are constantly trying to get him over to Sweden, but German patrols and the winter storms delay their departure. Written by Holger Lockertsen <>

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The Most Exciting True Escape Story Ever Filmed!


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3 October 1957 (Norway)  »

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In 1991 Norwegian television-viewers voted this the best Norwegian movie ever made. See more »


Referenced in De reddet hans liv (1988) See more »

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Norwegian Film does not get any better than this!!
31 March 2007 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

The very best there is. When you absolutely, positively got to see a great survival movie, accept no substitutes. I've seen this movie 4 times. i never grow weary of it, because to this day it still entertains the hell out of me. the superb direction and supreme thrills made this movie stand the test of time. 50 years since it's release, it has a strong following of fans that love this movie for all that its worth. i would be heartbroken if i didn't have this movie in my DVD collection! every movie collector should have this, because it is really one of a kind! Jack Fjeldstad portrays Jan Baalsrud in a truly great fashion. The movie was nominated for an Oscar in 1958, but lost to "Notti di Cabiria, Le" (1957). i haven't seen it. but to win over "Ni Liv", it has to be great!

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