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The Heroes of Telemark (1965)

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Norwegian resistance tries to stop German troops to produce an atomic bomb component during WW2. Based on a true story.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rolf
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Knut
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Anna
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Uncle
David Weston ...
Arne
Sebastian Breaks ...
Gunnar
John Golightly ...
Freddy
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Oli
Patrick Jordan ...
Henrik
William Marlowe ...
Claus
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Einar
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Jensen
Anton Diffring ...
Major Frick
Ralph Michael ...
Nilssen
Eric Porter ...
Terboven
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Set in German-occupied Norway, this is an embellished account of the remarkable efforts of the Norwegian resistance to sabotage the German development of the atomic bomb. Resistance fighter Knut Straud enlists the reluctant physicist Rolf Pedersen in an effort to destroy the German heavy water production plant near the village of Rjukan in rural Telemark. In the process, Pedersen discovers that his ex-wife Anna and her uncle have also joined the resistance. British commandos dispatched to destroy the plant are killed when their glider hits the mountainside at night. An improvised raid by the resistance ends in the partial destruction of the heavy water canisters, but the contingency plans of Reichskommissar Terboven enable the Germans to resume production quickly. Pedersen wants to recommend to London that the Allies bomb the plant. Straud opposes him because of the potential death toll on Norwegian civilians and a fight ensues. They send in separate recommendations, and the air raid ... Written by Peter Grosvenor

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31 January 1966 (Sweden)  »

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Anthony Mann's The Heroes of Telemark  »

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$5,600,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In the ski-ing chase where the black-clad Jensen (Roy Dotrice) is pursuing Pedersen (Kirk Douglas), Dotrice's stand-in double was one of the original saboteur heroes of the WWII Telemark operation. See more »

Goofs

When Knut offers Rolf the toothpaste in the darkroom he places it behind his back. A cut to Rolf over the shoulder of Knut has the toothpaste still extended in his hand. The next cut has Knut with his arm behind his back again. See more »

Quotes

Nilssen: That is... I must say that is fantastic efficiency!
Terboven: Don't you ever make the mistake by underrating the Germans. By any means.
Terboven: By Easter we will not have merely 10000 pounds of heavy water, but 12000 pounds of heavy water.
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Norge i rodt, hvitt og blått
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Music by Lars-Erik Larsson
Lyrics by Finn Bø
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A film about the NORWEGIAN resistance
8 February 2000 | by (Leicester) – See all my reviews

'The Heroes of Telemark' tells the true story of how a group of men from the Norwegian resistance, managed to halt a German attempt to produce heavy-water at a hydro-electricity plant in Telemark, Norway. Earlier attempts by British elite troops had failed, and in an attempt by the US Airforce to bomb the plant, they hit a nearby village killing several local inhabitants. The film is in many ways removed from reality. It portrays the event in true Hollywood style, with stout and brave resistance men versus scar-faced villainous Germans and of course the obligatory spectacular pyrotechnics. In the real event, not a single German soldier was killed, in fact, not a single shot was fired.


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