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Secondløitnanten (1993)

The old sea-captain retires, but the next day German WWII occupation of Norway begins. He then kisses his wife good-bye and is off to Army HQ. There he finds a lack of leadership and morale... See full summary »

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Espen Skjønberg ...
Thor Espedal
Lars Andreas Larssen ...
Bjelland
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Merstad
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Krogh
Morten Faldaas ...
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Ove Christian Owe ...
Ingolf
Bjarne Thomsen ...
Bjarne
Rut Tellefsen ...
Anna
Camilla Strøm Henriksen ...
Ebba (as Camilla Strøm-Henriksen)
Bjørn Floberg ...
Kerlow
Nils Ole Oftebro ...
Col. Paulsen
Knut Haugmark ...
Knut
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The old sea-captain retires, but the next day German WWII occupation of Norway begins. He then kisses his wife good-bye and is off to Army HQ. There he finds a lack of leadership and morale that offends him. They even laugh at him and his out-dated uniform and officer-rank. Secondloitnanten then finds and leads his private troop of volunteers against the German attack. The movie tells the story of a man that refuses to give up, even when everybody else leaves. He will fight for the country he loves and do his duty. Written by Stein Frydenberg <for_sf@debet.nhh.no>

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A nice dramatization of history
18 January 2003 | by (Northern California) – See all my reviews

When I saw this movie, I just assumed that all the characters were actual historical personalities. Nothing I have been able to dig up on the name of the lead character, Thor Espedal, indicates that this is true. So I conclude it is a fictionalization. This is kind of disappointing since Norway is such a small country. But, on the other hand, that might explain precisely why real characters are not used.

And that is what the movie is about, it is about Norway and its response to the invasion there by Nazi Germany. It focuses on the efforts of an old retired officer to collect some uniformed resistance in the countryside of Norway. There is plenty of drama and some humor, but very little combat which is only natural since they are so lightly armed. If you are looking for hard history, you might be disappointed, but a reliable impression of Norway's plight and what actually happened is delivered in a well told story and well made movie.

It was subtitled in English on my rented DVD.


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