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Nine Lives (1957)

Ni liv (original title)
The movie takes place during World War II and depicts the true story of Jan Baalsruds amazing escape from the German army from the coast of Northern Norway and across the border to the ... See full summary »

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Arne Skouen

Writers:

David Howarth (book), Arne Skouen
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Fjeldstad Jack Fjeldstad ... Jan Baalsrud
Henny Moan Henny Moan ... Agnes
Alf Malland Alf Malland ... Martin
Joachim Holst-Jensen Joachim Holst-Jensen ... Bestefar
Lydia Opøien Lydia Opøien ... Jordmoren
Edvard Drabløs Edvard Drabløs ... Skolelæreren
Sverre Hansen Sverre Hansen ... Skomakeren
Rolf Søder Rolf Søder ... Sigurd Eskeland
Ottar Wicklund Ottar Wicklund ... Henrik
Olav Nordrå Olav Nordrå ... Konrad
Alf Ramsøy Alf Ramsøy ... Ivar, kjelketrekker
Jens Bolling Jens Bolling ... Alfred, kjelketrekker
Per Bronken Per Bronken ... Ole, kjelketrekker
Grete Nordrå Grete Nordrå ... Stenografen
Lillebil Nordrum Lillebil Nordrum ... Sykepleiersken
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The movie takes place during World War II and depicts the true story of Jan Baalsruds amazing escape from the German army from the coast of Northern Norway and across the border to the neutral country Sweden. Jan Baalsrud is on a sabotage mission from England to Norway together with 11 other soldiers in the winter of 1943 in a fishing boat when they are attacked by a German patrolboat. Jan Baalsrud is the only one who manages to escape and sets off towards Sweden through the enormous amounts of snow and the steep mountains of Norway. The local communities where he passes through help him despite the danger of being arrested and killed. Jan Baalsrud, snowblind and having to cut off his toes because of frost-damage survives alone in the mountains for weeks. The locals are constantly trying to get him over to Sweden, but German patrols and the winter storms delay their departure. Written by Holger Lockertsen <holger@lockertsen.com>

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The Most Exciting True Escape Story Ever Filmed!


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Country:

Norway

Language:

Norwegian

Release Date:

3 October 1957 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Nine Lives See more »

Filming Locations:

Troms, Norway

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Nordsjøfilm See more »
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Mono
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Trivia

Official submission of Norway for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 30th Academy Awards in 1958. See more »

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Edited into De reddet hans liv (1988) See more »

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Exciting adventure drama.....
7 April 2012 | by CurtHerzstarkSee all my reviews

This film is a biopic based on the daring escape made by norwegian resistance fighter Jan Baalsrud. Baalsrud encountered everything from, frostbite, snowblindness, heavily armed German troops, snowstorms etc on his way to neutral Sweden.

This film is very much a traditional, heroic, depiction of Baalsrud and his escape but it's entertaining with amazing nature scenes, fastpaced action, and some very daring stunts that most have been very dangerous in 1957.

The film does not focus on too much depth, characters etc and it doesn't need too because the action is enough. Jack Fjeldstad who plays Jan Baalsrud is good and there are some scenes here that requires a lot of emotional acting that easily could've become ridiculous but Jack Fjeldstad uses some subtlety in order to convey these emotions.

The rest of cast does a good job too but only serves their purpose to drive the film forward. The most impressive part of this film is the action, just like Max Manus (2008)it gives the viewer a fun ride.

The biggest difference and flaw is that Ni liv (1957)does not have that darker undertones that Max Manus (2008)have, nor do we get to know Jan Baalsrud as much as we do in Max Manus (2008).

But if you are looking for a entertaining chasefilm during WW2 in the snowy mountain area in Norway then this film is the first you should see. Also if you liked The Great Escape (1963), First Blood (1982) etc can expect a good experience.

Oddly, this film has been totally unknown to me, as far as I know never been mention on Swedish TV, magazines, etc. It's shame because this film needs a good DVD edition with lots of extras.

While watching this I ask myself why nobody has done any films about Swedish volounteers during WW2? There are some like,Allan Mann, Erik G:son Lewenhaupt, Gustav Lönnbergh etc who was decorated and fought on various fronts. It would be nice to see at least a documentary about these guys but alas, no such luck.


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