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Ivan Moffat (screenplay) and
Ben Barzman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 November 1965 (UK) See more »
COME FROZEN HELL OR HIGH ADVENTURE...Their Mission: Stop the Nazis from developing the atom bomb! See more »
Norwegian resistance tries to stop German efforts to produce an atomic bomb component during World War II. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kirk Douglas ... Rolf

Richard Harris ... Knut

Ulla Jacobsson ... Anna

Michael Redgrave ... Uncle

David Weston ... Arne
Sebastian Breaks ... Gunnar
John Golightly ... Freddy

Alan Howard ... Oli
Patrick Jordan ... Henrik
William Marlowe ... Claus

Brook Williams ... Einar

Roy Dotrice ... Jensen

Anton Diffring ... Major Frick
Ralph Michael ... Nilssen
Eric Porter ... Terboven

Wolf Frees ... Knippelberg
Karel Stepanek ... Hartmuller
Gerard Heinz ... Erhardt

Victor Beaumont ... German Sergeant

George Murcell ... Sturmfuhrer
Mervyn Johns ... Col. Wilkinson

Barry Jones ... Professor Logan
Geoffrey Keen ... General Bolt

Robert Ayres ... General Courts

Jennifer Hilary ... Sigrid
Maurice Denham ... Doctor
David Davies ... Captain of 'Galtesund'
Philo Hauser ... Businessman
Faith Brook ... Woman On Bus
Elvi Hale ... Mrs. Sandersen
Russell Waters ... Mr. Sandersen
Jan Conrad ... Watchman In Factory
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Annette Andre ... Girl Student (uncredited)
Grace Arnold ... Passenger on 'Galtesund' (uncredited)
Robert Bruce ... Major (uncredited)
Pamela Conway ... Girl in Darkroom (uncredited)
Howard Douglas ... Passenger on 'Galtesund' (uncredited)
Joe Dunne ... German Ferry Guard (uncredited)
Paul Hansard ... German Official (uncredited)

Max Howard ... Child on Ferry (uncredited)
Jemma Hyde ... (uncredited)

Brian Jackson ... Norwegian Naval Attache (uncredited)

John Moulder-Brown ... (uncredited)
Terence Plummer ... Quisling (uncredited)
Joe Powell ... Quisling (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Saboteur (uncredited)

Directed by
Anthony Mann 
Writing credits
Ivan Moffat (screenplay) and
Ben Barzman (screenplay)

John Drummond  novel "But for These Men" (uncredited)
Knut Haukelid  novel "Skis Against the Atom" (uncredited)

Produced by
Benjamin Fisz .... producer (as S. Benjamin Fisz)
Original Music by
Malcolm Arnold 
Cinematography by
Robert Krasker (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bert Bates 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
Art Direction by
Anthony Masters  (as Tony Masters)
Set Decoration by
Robert Cartwright (uncredited)
Ted Clements (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Maude Onslow .... hairdresser (as Maud Onslow)
Neville Smallwood .... makeup artist
Production Management
Timothy Burrill .... production manager
George Pitcher .... production supervisor
Bill Kirby .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Egil S. Woxholt .... second unit director (as Gil Woxholt)
Derek Cracknell .... assistant director (uncredited)
Michael Douglas .... second assistant director (uncredited)
John Quested .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Dickie Bamber .... standby props (uncredited)
John Graysmark .... assistant art director (uncredited)
John Hoesli .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Jack Maxsted .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bill Daniels .... sound recordist
Teddy Mason .... sound editor (as Ted Mason)
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist (as Gordon McCallum)
Gus Lloyd .... boom operator (uncredited)
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special effects
Ron Ballanger .... special effects (uncredited)
Sydney Pearson .... special effects (uncredited)
Bill Warrington .... special effects (uncredited)
Gerry Crampton .... stunt adviser (as Jerry Crampton)
Gerry Crampton .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Dunne .... stunts (uncredited)
Alf Joint .... stunts (uncredited)
Terence Plummer .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Burrows .... camera operator
John Harris .... camera operator
Ronnie Maasz .... camera operator
Egil S. Woxholt .... second unit cameraman (as Gil Woxholt)
James Devis .... focus puller (uncredited)
Laurie Shane .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elsa Fennell .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Timothy Gee .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Jimmy Komisarjevsky .... location manager
Music Department
Malcolm Arnold .... conductor
Other crew
Kay Mander .... continuity
Saul Cooper .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Men and Women of Norway, The  this film is dedicated to, whose bravery prevented Nazi Germany from getting the atomic bomb (as The Men and Women of Norway)
  • Norsk Hydro, The  we gratefully acknowledge the valuable co-operation rendered by (as The Norsk Hydro at Rjukan in Norway)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Anthony Mann's The Heroes of Telemark" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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131 min | Germany:108 min | West Germany:123 min
Black and White (archive footage) | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Australia:MA15+ (cable TV rating) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Norway:12 (1985) (video rating) | Sweden:11 | UK:U | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #20858) | West Germany:12 (f) (cut)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Seventeen years prior to this film, a Norwegian-French movie Kampen om tungtvannet (1948) was made which covered the same events of the World War II Telemark mission as depicted in this film. This earlier movie actually featured some of the original Norwegian commandos who played themselves.See more »
Factual errors: In the opening scenes where the Nazi command convoy is driving along the cliff road, the Mercedes cars are right-hand-drive. Mercedes cars built for Germany were always left-hand-drive, so one can only assume that the car used was one built for the UK market, or more likely for the Swedish market, which drove on the left until 1967.See more »
[Knut hands a revolver to Rolf who looks rather shocked to be given it]
Knut:[humourously] You know what to do? Press this little thing here and the bullets come out there.
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Movie Connections:
Version of Kampen om tungtvannet (1948)See more »
Norge i rodt, hvitt og blåttSee more »


Midwest Premiere Happened When & Where?
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Norwegian heroes and Sweden's..., 1 April 2008
Author: fedor8 from Serbia

THOF offers cheesy German accents and I'm sure a few liberties with historical facts, but for those who nitpick at a Kirk Douglas film made in the mid-60s, keep in mind that it's just that: a simple little mid-60s war film with Kirk Douglas. It is fun, quick, not too talky, and with some very nice snowy scenery. Not dull in spite of its length of 2 hours plus, so what more can one expect from a simplistic little action film? Norwegian viewers might understandably get a little annoyed by the bending of facts, but at least movies about Norway's role in the war were made - which can't be said about Sweden. There will never be a movie about Sweden's fight against the Nazis, and this alone should give the Norwegians some satisfaction...

IMDb states that both shorter (i.e. butchered) versions of THOF were released in Germany. Hmm, I wonder why...

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