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Max Manus: Man of War (2008)

Max Manus (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Biography, Drama | 3 September 2010 (USA)
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The true story about one of the most brilliant saboteurs during World War II and his battle to overcome his inner demons.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregers Gram
Knut Joner ...
Mats Eldøen ...
Edvard Tallaksen (as Mads Eldøen)
Jens Chr. Hauge
Solveig Johnsrud
Roy Nilsen (as Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen)
Lars Emil Erichsen (as Jacob Oftebro)
Kaptein Martin Linge
Politikaptein Eilertsen
Oberscharführer Karl Höhler


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

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Release Date:

3 September 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Max Manus: Man of War  »


Box Office


NOK 50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,800,000 (Norway), 19 December 2008, Limited Release
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gunnar 'Kjakan' Sønsteby is the most decorated soldier in Norway. See more »


In many of the scenes where Max and his collaborators are riding bicycles, the bicycles are 1955 or later vintage with features that were available more than a decade after the end of world war II. See more »


Colonel J.S. Wilson: [from trailer] Why do you want to be a saboteur, Max?
Max Manus: [from trailer] My country was stolen from me, Sir... and I want it back.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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20 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

The film examines the years 1939 to 1945 in the lives of the Norwegian resistance hero Max Manus. Max Manus has been given credit for some of the most daring and spectacular sabotage assignments World War II in Norway had to offer, all within Oslo's narrow borders. We follow Max and his crew through a life marked by war, death, loss and loss, and the story is to a great extent on how these relatively young gentlemen responded to life as leaders of the resistance movement in Oslo.

The magic word in Max Manus is a great film. Never before have I seen a Norwegian film by as magnificent scenes, and with nearly 1,000 people in front, and several hundred people behind the camera in some scenes, it is easy to understand that the filmmakers have not saved for gunpowder during production, without the magnificent scenes go beyond the film's core, namely the story of Max.

Max even be interpreted by Aksel Hennie, with this man's usual thorough skill. Hennie able to provide a credible and sympathetic picture of a young man who has seen too much misery during their days here on Earth, and play smoothly through the large repository feeling role requires the figure of him. Shaft is supported on all Bauer and the edges of an absolutely brilliant orchestra of birolles.

Knut Joner, Christian Rubeck and Nicolai Cleve Broch of evidence that Max's closest allies, Gunnar Sønsteby, Kolbein Lauring and Gregers Gram, the team has a good chemistry between themselves on the canvas, and can easily convey the feeling that it is a pleasant fellow gang that Unfortunately, have come together in some difficult areas. The best birolle in the film must still credits Agnes Kittelsen, who really rudder love story between Max and his future wife, "Tikken" in the harbor.

The production of the film there is nothing to fault. Special effects are convincing and director duo Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning has certainly brought home some tricks from their stay in the states. Scenes with like one thousand extras and digital effects to the left of being seamlessly integrated with very close portraits of history's major figures. They also manage to balance tension, humor and love in a way that never does not challenge or striking, all in all an elegant designs.

What prevents Max Manus from reaching the top of the scale is a little "flat" history. By all means, it is exciting and gripping and all there is to it, but it tries to gape over too much history in a short time, and progress reflects this. It is held by some little time to love relationship between Max and Tikken, and for some inexplicable reason, they have chosen to focus on a love affair between the Gestapo chief in Oslo and his secretary, a relationship that appears without explanation, and that is evolving without seeming to have any link to the other tell no one. You wander out of the hall with a little disappointed sense, perhaps you expected a little more? Despite its deficiencies, the Max Manus a good film, that it is worth to get to him, if only to ensure that you sit with a valid opinion in the debate that is guaranteed will follow the film's aftermath. It is impressive to see what they have managed to squeeze out of a relatively meager budget, and the result is a film of international standard. If you have a hint of historical sense and a small dose curiosity for how life toned up under the occupation of the Germans, this movie can give you a welcome glimpse into the past. A good history, solid direction and a some good actors makes this movie should get a good piece up on the to-see-list.

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