Into the White (2012)

R  |   |  Drama, War  |  12 April 2013 (USA)
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Norway, WWII: A group of British and German soldiers find themselves stranded in the wilderness after an aircraft battle. Finding shelter in the same cabin, they realize the only way to survive the winter is to place the rules of war aside.


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Cast overview:
Leutnant Horst Schopis
Captain Charles P. Davenport
Kim Haugen ...
Bjørn Gustavsen - Norwegian Ski Patrol
Knut Joner ...
Harald Gustavsen - Norwegian Ski Patrol
Morten Faldaas ...
Terje - Norwegian Ski Patrol
Kjell - Norwegian Ski Patrol


In World War II, the German pilots Lieutenant Horst Schopis, Josef Schwartz and Wolfgang Strunk crash their airplane in the wilderness of Norway after shooting down a British airplane. They walk through a snow storm until they reach shelter in an abandoned hunter cabin. Soon the British pilot Captain Charles P. Davenport and the gunner Robert Smith arrive in the cabin and they become prisoners of the German pilots. However, after the initial friction between the enemies, they realize that they should team-up to survive in the wilderness in the beginning of an improbable friendship. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Inspired by the true world war II story.


Drama | War

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 April 2013 (USA)  »

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Into the White  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$90 (USA) (12 April 2013)


$547 (USA) (19 April 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on true events. The names of the German airmen were not changed for this film, but the names of the British airmen were changed. The real names of the British airmen were captain R. T. Partridge (Davenport) and R.S. Bostok (Smith). See more »


German pilots did not have a parabellum as a personal weapon. They use Walther or Mauser HS since they were smaller and more handy. See more »


Gunner Robert Smith: I'm a man of principles. Wanna hear one?
Feldwebel Wolfgang Strunk: No.
Gunner Robert Smith: Do whatever makes you happy.
Feldwebel Wolfgang Strunk: What about responsibility?
Gunner Robert Smith: And what about the responsability of being happy?
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


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25 July 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Into the White" is similar to an old Frank Sinatra film "None But the Brave". Both are set during WWII and both are about a small isolated group of soldiers from both sides MUST work together to survive. In the case of "None But the Brave", it was a fictional story about American and Japanese soldiers. Here with "Into the White", it's about two groups of fliers--one German and the other British. However, instead of taking place in the nice, warm Pacific, this film is set in the frozen wastes of Norway. When both planes are shot down, five airmen all converge on a hut--and there just isn't enough food and fuel to keep them alive unless they can figure out something.

So, is this film worth seeing? For a guy like me who has taught history AND loves WWII airplane films, of course--I am the perfect audience. However, for the rest, it might be a tougher sell. But, if you let yourself watch the film and don't give up on it quickly because there isn't much action, I do think you'll appreciate and enjoy the film. Plus, it's a nice opportunity to see Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter films) in a VERY different role. All around, lovely acting, direction as well as a nice respect for real history. Based on what I've read, aside from inexplicably changing the names of the British fliers, it's a highly accurate representation of what really occurred--believe it or not!

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