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Kampen om tungtvannet (1948)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, War | 5 February 1948 (Norway)
A factual reconstruction of the sabotage events which took place to prevent Hitler's Germany in getting the heavy water needed to make an atomic bomb during WW2.

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Arild Feldborg (collaboration), Diana Robertson (collaboration) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raoul Dautry ... Himself - Rustningsminister
Frédéric Joliot-Curie ... Himself - Professor (as Joliot-Curie)
Lew Kowarski ... Himself - Laboratoriesjef
H.H. Halban ... Himself - Professor
Allier Allier ... Himself - Sprengstoff-offiser (as Jacues A)
Holme Holme ... Oberst Wilson (as Major Holme)
Jourdier Jourdier ... Liaisonoffiser (as Major Jourdier)
Stibbard Stibbard ... R.A.F.-offiser (as Major Stibbard)
Øyvind Øyen Øyvind Øyen ... Leif Tronstad - Major Professor
Jens A. Poulsson ... Himself - Fenrik (as Jens-Anton Poulsson)
Johannes Eckhoff ... Knut Haugland - Fenrik
Arne Kjelstrup ... Himself - Sersjant
Claus Helberg ... Himself - Sersjant
Henki Kolstad Henki Kolstad ... Einar Skinnarland - Sersjant
Claus Wiese ... Joachim Rønneberg - Fenrik
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Storyline

A reconstruction of the two last sabotage actions against the Norsk Hydro Heavy Water (Deuterium, D2O) plant at Vemork, Rjukan, in 1943-44. After the first two allied attempt of stopping the production by British soldiers and American bombings, allied trained young local patriots became successful saboteurs. First by undermining the factory, and later after a rebuild, the sinking of the heavily guarded ferry trying to transport the heavy water to Germany, on Lake Tinnsjo. Written by OJT

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Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

Norway | France

Language:

Norwegian | English

Release Date:

5 February 1948 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Operation Swallow: The Battle for Heavy Water See more »

Filming Locations:

Rjukan, Telemark, Norway See more »

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Production Co:

Hero Film, Trident See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Many of the actual people involved in the sabotage retold in this movie, play themselves reenacting the actual events. See more »

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Kampen om Tungtvannet
17 November 2013 | by michael-846-153037See all my reviews

I saw this film originally in Norway (in Norwegian) in 1965 and was very impressed even then, particularly as several of the "actors" had taken part in the raid which made the film entirely credible. However, it is now possible to buy a version with English dialogue from the resistance and special forces museum in the Akershus fortress in Oslo. Ray Mears has also produced an excellent documentary for the BBC in which he attempted to re-create what happened. Several of the team were interviewed in that documentary. Inspired by the film we have visited Vermork the heavy water factory near Rjukan and were amazed at the skill and bravery of the men who took part in the raid, all of whom evaded the Germans and survived the war. The film made later in Hollywood starring Kirk Douglas does not reflect the reality in the same way.


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