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Nine Lives (1957)

Ni liv (original title)
During World War II, nine members of the Norwegian Resistance trapped into a deadly Nazi ambush. Only one escapes on foot, and a fierce hunt through the ice desert has begun.

Director:

Arne Skouen

Writers:

David Howarth (book), Arne Skouen
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Cast

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

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One of many brave men in the Norwegian resistance!
24 March 2008 | by gangerolf-1See all my reviews

This movie is a true story!

If you are a Norwegian and know your history, you know the enormous sacrifices ordinary Norwegians (sivilians) put them self through throughout the war, but you still may want to know more about Jan Baalsrud (search Wikipedia). MANY like him fought and died with the goal to free Norway.

Another well known Norwegian story from WWII, is the sabotage mission against Norsk Hydro, manufacturing heavy water, to be used by the Germans. Two movies was made:

Norwegian version: "Kampen om Tungtvannet" (1948). The actual saboteurs play the roles themselves. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040504/

American version: "The Heroes of Telemark" (1965). Starring Kirk Douglas. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059263/

For you who may not know what kind of people these movies is about, I will try to explain:

Norwegians has always been a proud population, and have always been known to fight for our freedom. We have our history with Denmark and Sweden, but that is another story. In WWII we were invaded by the Germans. It happened fast. But, we never would except this and civilians got together secretly, often called "Gutta på skauen", in English; "The boys in the woods" - The Resistance Movement", to start to fight against the Germans. Some did minor sabotage jobs and other went to England for further training, and bigger missions.

This movie is based on one of those people, Jan Baalsrud, who went to England for training for missions in Norway.

Directly related to this movie: He and many other Norwegian commandos was on a mission to destroy a German air control tower. Under this time they also tried to recruit for the Norwegian resistance movement. And, it's here the movie begins. One civilian they contact, betrays them, and contact the Nazi's. The mission fails because of this.

Jan Baalsrud survives the failed mission and must escape to Sweden (a neutral country).

This escape IS the movie, and he needs all the lives he can get to survive this trip (that's why it's called "Nine Lives").

It is quite a fantastic and horrible journey, and we get a insight on how much these people are willing to sacrifice (pain/death) to save this man. Jan Baalsrud himself, goes trough as much pain a human being can stand.

I will not tell the story, watch the movie. Just remember, it's a true story!

Verdict:

7/10 for the genuine performance. The movie is a little dated, but still quite watchable.


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