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
The boat that carried the heavy water was named "Hydro". "Hydro" means water. See more »
Ar the beginning of the film the German officer demand 10,000 pounds of heavy water from the lead scientist. A German officer would never use the imperial measure of pounds - it would be kilogrammes or litres as it is today. See more »
That is... I must say that is fantastic efficiency!
Don't you ever make the mistake by underrating the Germans. By any means.
By Easter we will not have merely 10000 pounds of heavy water, but 12000 pounds of heavy water.
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I see a few comments that are decrying the liberties taken with the true story, as usual, by Hollywood.
Not that it's not a common occurrence, and I'm not defending such practice - but I do feel it necessary to point out that THIS film is NOT, in fact, a Hollywood film at all. It IS a British film. Any complaints one can have with the omission or alteration of events must be directed at Rank, not at the non-specific "Hollywood".
The events of the movie, and the true-life events, are fascinating. It's a terrible thing to contemplate, Nazis creating the atomic bomb. What would our world be like today if they had succeeded? This was certainly a WWII story worth telling.
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