Max Manus: Man of War (2008)
"Max Manus" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Biography, Drama  |  3 September 2010 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 21,008 users   Metascore: 60/100
Reviews: 40 user | 56 critic | 7 from

The true story about one of the most brilliant saboteurs during World War II and his battle to overcome his inner demons.

Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

Free at IMDb

7 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Uno (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Uno is a story from inner-city Oslo about David, a twentyfive-year-old with few prospects for the future. His days are spent hanging around with petty criminals at an inner-city gym. Still,... See full summary »

Directors: Aksel Hennie, John Andreas Andersen
Stars: Aksel Hennie, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Floberg
Kon-Tiki (2012)
Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
Stars: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgård
Headhunters (2011)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.

Director: Morten Tyldum
Stars: Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the boys home Bastoy, a new inmate leads the boys to a violent uprising against a brutal regime. How far is he willing to go to attain freedom?

Director: Marius Holst
Stars: Benjamin Helstad, Trond Nilssen, Stellan Skarsgård
Buddy (2003)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Kristoffer is a billboard hanger, 24 years old and carefree. When his girlfriend Elisabeth dumps him for the boss of her trend bureau, his life falls into pieces. He feels like a loser. By ... See full summary »

Director: Morten Tyldum
Stars: Nicolai Cleve Broch, Aksel Hennie, Anders Baasmo Christiansen
Nokas (2010)
Action | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The movie portrays Norway's most spectacular robbery, where 11 men occupied central Stavanger for twenty minutes and escaped with 57 million kroner (appx $10 million). A police officer was shot and killed.

Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg
Stars: Marit Synnøve Berg, Frode Winther, Morten Larsen
Elling (2001)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When his mother, who has sheltered him his entire 40 years, dies, Elling, a sensitive, would-be poet, is sent to live in a state institution. There he meets Kjell Bjarne, a gentle giant and... See full summary »

Director: Petter Næss
Stars: Per Christian Ellefsen, Sven Nordin, Marit Pia Jacobsen
Drama | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A drama centered on two fighters in the Holger Danske World War II resistance group.

Director: Ole Christian Madsen
Stars: Thure Lindhardt, Mads Mikkelsen, Stine Stengade
Crime | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII.

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Stars: Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow
The Saboteurs (TV Mini-Series 2015)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The story behind Hitler's plan of Germany getting the atomic bomb during WW2, and the heavy water sabotages in Rjukan, Norway, seen from four angles, the German side, the allied, the saboteurs and the company side.

Stars: Andreas Döhler, Robert Hunger-Bühler, Marc Benjamin Puch
The Wave (2015)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Even though awaited, no-one is really ready when the mountain pass of Åkneset above the scenic narrow Norwegian fjord Geiranger falls out and creates a 85 meter high violent tsunami. A geologist is one of those caught in the middle of it.

Director: Roar Uthaug
Stars: Thomas Bo Larsen, Kristoffer Joner, Fridtjov Såheim
Uro (2006)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Turning his back on a delinquent past and joining the police force, HP is determined to start doing the right thing. Soon he finds himself trapped in a web of lies, stretching out from both sides of the law. HP soon realizes that his present mission is closely connected to his own past, and that everything he worked so hard to escape from, is coming back to haunt him.

Director: Stefan Faldbakken
Stars: Nicolai Cleve Broch, Ane Dahl Torp, Ahmed Zeyan


Cast overview, first billed only:
Kriminolrot Siegfried Fehmer
Kolbein Lauring
Knut Joner ...
Gunnar Sønsteby
Mats Eldøen ...
Edvard Tolloksen (as Mads Eldøen)
Kyrre Haugen Sydness ...
Jens Christian Hauge
Viktoria Winge ...
Roy Nilsen (as Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen)
Lars Emil Erichsen
Petter Næss ...
Koptein Martin Linge
Oberst John Skinner Wilson
Politikaptein Eilertsen
Oliver Stokowski ...
Oberschirführer Karl Höhler


The true story about one of the most brilliant saboteurs during World War II and his battle to overcome his inner demons.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:




| |


| | | |

Release Date:

3 September 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Max Manus: Man of War  »

Box Office


NOK 50,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Writer Thomas Nordseth-Tiller was diagnosed with cancer shortly after the Norwegian premiere in December of 2008. He died on the 12th of May, 2009, at the age of 28. See more »


Early on in the film Max Manus meets Jens Christian Hauge, who apparently takes part in organizing a resistance cell. Jens Christian Hauge however was not involved in the resistance movement at this time. See more »


Colonel J.S. Wilson: Whiskey?
Max Manus: ...No thank you, Sir, I've quit.
Colonel J.S. Wilson: Who the hell stops drinking in the middle of a bloody war?
See more »


References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Great and balanced about Norwegian resistance heroes
19 December 2008 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

The film evolves around Max Manus as one of the central heroes of the young Norwegian resistance during the World War II. Together with Gunnar Kjakan Sønsteby, Gregers Gram and the other brave youngsters not willing to see the free Norway become a part of the German Nazi empire The Third Reich.

After the fun flick "Bandidas" no one expected Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg to be able to do such a correct and true told story of one the Norwegian resistance heroes. But they have managed to make a great film, without messing up in any way.

We get the feeling that the heroism was not just a one-sided thing. For every action the resistance made, more civilians had to die. Max Manus, brilliantly played by Aksel Hennie, was an adventurer, and very lucky to be one of the survivors, more than once thanks to the cold-minded Gunnar Kjakan Sønsteby, warning him about the reality of it all.

The film also shows the psychological effects on the adventurer, who got to be a heavy drinker during the war, and after. Being a hero is just a part of the whole story.

A strong part of this film is the human relations. The boyish ways and friendships. The love-story is beautifully made. One can really relate to the persons. That's good acting as well! Some find Fehmers girlfriend as unnecessary. I don't agree. This is to show that the Nazis had both charm and feelings too. This gives balance as well.

Some have been criticizing the Norwegian resistance for being young silly adventurers. Some of this might be a little bit true, but what they did, and what the sacrificed, is impressive. Most of us would not even think of trying, or dare, to do anything as to stop an invasion of a big and threatening force. Thank God for the likes of Max Manus. He never stopped believing that the Germans could be beaten, even though he was far down after losing his friends one by one in the battle for freedom.

A solid mark is given for true storytelling of brave young spirits, making Norway what the country is today.

79 of 101 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Ble krigen vunnet av menn på sykkel inne i Oslo? ivar-ber
Max Manus inn på IMDb top 250? The_Superbit
Aksel Hennie ?? kimdill
Hvor fornøyd er dere med filmen? ekleven
'Vi skal begge dø....' thofry
Max Manus is now on iTunes! jr-143
Discuss Max Manus: Man of War (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: