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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

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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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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In November 2009, it was reported that the World War II raid on the Telemark hydro station is to be re-enacted by a Royal Marines unit who intend to ski across seven hundred miles of frozen Norwegian landscape to raise money for charity. See more »

Goofs

In the last shots of the lifeboats on the lake, the downdraft from the rotor of the camera helicopter is clearly visible on the water. 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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Version of Heavy Water See more »

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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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nice scenery, but not much more
23 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you want to truly appreciate the story of events concerning the efforts of the United States and Great Britain in preventing Adolph Hitler and the Third Reich from building an atomic bomb,I recommend the book "Blood and Water"by Dan Kurzman.It is a great read and a great true life adventure,and details in great detail the long and difficult series of efforts that were made to prevent the Nazis from manufacturing "heavy water", that in turn would generate nuclear power and lead to the atomic bomb."The Heroes of Telemark" is an OK movie,but that is all.Perhaps its best asset is some fine photography and the cast is OK,but the film does not really deal with the real life men involved in this story."Kirk Douglas" is suppose to be a Norwegian,but he is all American.the real heroes were Norwegian.this lack of realism hurts the film.An actor other than Douglas would have been better in the role,perhaps an actor who at least attempted an accent.Then we have the cornball romance between Douglas and the female lead that wastes time.the film does not due justice to the men who may have saved the world.Instead of a gritty,realistic and tragic adventure.-we get pure Hollywood hokum.This film is watchable but thats all.I would like to see one todays great filmmakers make the real deal movie on this subject .P.S. in retrospect," Marlon Brando",who was good with accents or "Robert Shaw" would have been better in the "Douglas" role.Neither was Norwegian, but they would not have been so Hollywoodish.


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