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The Heroes of Telemark ()


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Norwegian resistance tries to stop German efforts to produce an atomic bomb component during World War II.

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Rolf
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Knut Strand
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Anna
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Uncle
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Arne
Sebastian Breaks ...
Gunnar
John Golightly ...
Freddy
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Oli
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Henrik
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Claus
Brook Williams ...
Einar
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Jensen
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Major Frick
Ralph Michael ...
Nilssen
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Terboven
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Knippelberg
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Hartmuller
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Erhardt
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German Sergeant
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Sturmfuhrer
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Col. Wilkinson
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Professor Logan
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General Bolt
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General Courts
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Sigrid
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Doctor
David Davies ...
Captain of 'Galtesund'
Philo Hauser ...
Businessman
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Woman On Bus
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Mrs. Sandersen
Russell Waters ...
Mr. Sandersen
Jan Conrad ...
Watchman In Factory
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Girl Student (uncredited)
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Passenger on 'Galtesund' (uncredited)
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Major (uncredited)
Robin Burns ...
Hostage (uncredited)
Pamela Conway ...
Girl in Darkroom (uncredited)
David Crane ...
Detector Van Radio Operator (uncredited)
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Passenger on 'Galtesund' (uncredited)
Joe Dunne ...
German Ferry Guard (uncredited)
Paul Hansard ...
German Official (uncredited)
George Holdcroft ...
Adjutant (uncredited)
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Child on Ferry (uncredited)
Jemma Hyde ...
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Norwegian Naval Attache (uncredited)
Anthony Lang ...
Hostage (uncredited)
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Cecil Paul ...
Officer at Briefing (uncredited)
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Quisling (uncredited)
Joe Powell ...
Quisling (uncredited)
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Saboteur (uncredited)

Directed by

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Anthony Mann

Written by

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Ivan Moffat ... (screenplay) and
Ben Barzman ... (screenplay)
 
Knut Haukelid ... (novel "Skis Against the Atom") (uncredited)
 
John Drummond ... (novel "But for These Men") (uncredited)

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Benjamin Fisz ... producer (as S. Benjamin Fisz)

Music by

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Malcolm Arnold

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Robert Krasker ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Bert Bates

Editorial Department

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Timothy Gee ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Maude Spector

Art Direction by

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Anthony Masters ... (as Tony Masters)

Set Decoration by

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Robert Cartwright ... (uncredited)
Ted Clements ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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Maude Onslow ... hairdresser (as Maud Onslow)
Neville Smallwood ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Timothy Burrill ... production manager
George Pitcher ... production supervisor
Bill Kirby ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Egil S. Woxholt ... second unit director (as Gil Woxholt)
Jonathan Benson ... third assistant director (uncredited)
Derek Cracknell ... assistant director (uncredited)
Michael Douglas ... second assistant director (uncredited)
John Quested ... assistant director (uncredited)
Christopher Stamp ... second assistant director (uncredited)

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Dickie Bamber ... standby props (uncredited)
John Graysmark ... assistant art director (uncredited)
John Hoesli ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Jack Maxsted ... assistant art director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Bill Daniels ... sound recordist
Teddy Mason ... sound editor (as Ted Mason)
Gordon K. McCallum ... sound recordist (as Gordon McCallum)
Gus Lloyd ... boom operator (uncredited)
Gordon K. McCallum ... sound mixer (uncredited)
Maurice Smith ... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Otto Snel ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

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John P. Fulton ... special effects
Wally Armitage ... special effects (uncredited)
Ron Ballanger ... special effects (uncredited)
Martin Gutteridge ... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns ... special effects (uncredited)
Sydney Pearson ... special effects (uncredited)
Jimmy Ward ... special effects (uncredited)
Bill Warrington ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Gerry Crampton ... stunt adviser (as Jerry Crampton)
Gillian Aldam ... stunts (uncredited)
Gerry Crampton ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Dunne ... stunts (uncredited)
Alf Joint ... stunts (uncredited)
Terence Plummer ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell ... stunts (uncredited)

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John Burrows ... camera operator
John Harris ... camera operator
Ronnie Maasz ... camera operator
Jimmy Spoard ... grip
Egil S. Woxholt ... second unit cameraman (as Gil Woxholt)
Ray Andrew ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Albert Clarke ... still photographer (uncredited)
James Devis ... focus puller (uncredited)
Mike Drew ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Socrates Pelendrides ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Laurie Shane ... electrician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Elsa Fennell ... wardrobe supervisor
Gloria Barnes ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)

Location Management

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Jimmy Komisarjevsky ... location manager

Music Department

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Malcolm Arnold ... conductor

Script and Continuity Department

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Kay Mander ... continuity

Additional Crew

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Frederick Buckman ... cutting room
Jill Langley ... Script secretary
Saul Cooper ... unit publicist (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Set in German-occupied Norway, this is an embellished account of the remarkable efforts of the Norwegian resistance to sabotage the German development of the atomic bomb. Resistance fighter Knut Straud (Richard Harris) enlists the reluctant physicist Dr. Rolf Pedersen (Kirk Douglas) in an effort to destroy the German heavy water production plant near the village of Rjukan in rural Telemark. In the process, Pedersen discovers that his ex-wife Anna (Ulla Jacobsson) and her uncle (Sir Michael Redgrave) have also joined the resistance. British commandos dispatched to destroy the plant are killed when their glider hits the mountainside at night. An improvised raid by the resistance ends in the partial destruction of the heavy water canisters, but the contingency plans of Reichskommissar Terboven (Eric Porter) enable the Germans to resume production quickly. Pedersen wants to recommend to London that the Allies bomb the plant. Straud opposes him because of the potential death toll on Norwegian civilians and a fight ensues. They send in separate recommendations, and the air raid takes place, but it fails to destroy the heavy water. A Norwegian traitor gives away the resistance hideout, and Anna's uncle is killed. The Germans load the canisters onto a ferry for shipment to Germany, and the resistance rig explosives to sink the ferry in the fjord. As the ferry is about to leave, it is boarded by the widow and baby of one of Pedersen's and Straud's colleagues. Pedersen boards the ferry and organizes a children's game of "lifejacket" in order to minimize civilian deaths. This movie closes with resistance members rescuing passengers as the ferry sinks. Written by Peter Grosvenor

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Taglines COME FROZEN HELL OR HIGH ADVENTURE...Their Mission: Stop the Nazis from developing the atom bomb! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Anthony Mann's The Heroes of Telemark (United Kingdom)
  • The Unknown Battle (United States)
  • Anthony Mann's The Heroes of Telemark (United States)
  • Les héros de Télémark (France)
  • Los héroes de Telemark (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 131 min
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Budget $5,600,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia In early 1940, the Allies approved a Naval campaign designed to seize the northern part of Norway, a neutral country, including the key port of Narvik, and possibly also to seize the iron mines at Gällivare in northern Sweden, from which Germany obtained much of its iron ore. The British planned to invade Norway in March 1940 to use the ports as bases for the Royal Navy in order to encircle Germany, but the operation (codenamed Plan R 4) was postponed. The British and French had previously planned to invade Sweden, in order to assist Finland during the Winter War against the Soviet Union. Adolf Hitler found out about Plan R 4, and militarily intervened as the British began Operation Wilfred by laying mines in neutral Norwegian waters. See more »
Goofs A hare, which may weigh a maximum of 5kg (and the one in the film looked to be a small one) would not be heavy enough to set off a mine as they were designed not to be set off by small animals. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Real Heroes of Telemark (2003). See more »
Soundtracks Wir fahren gegen Engeland See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: GERMAN-OCCUPIED NORWAY 1942 See more »
Quotes Terboven: Winston Churchill is puffing an extra big cigar today. And we laugh at him. Why? Because all these containers, which the British did so much to destroy, have already been pre-fabricated in Berlin. They are already on their way here and will be installed by tomorrow.
Nilssen: That is... I must say that is fantastic efficiency!
Terboven: Don't you ever make the mistake of under-rating the Germans. By Easter we will have not merely 10000 pounds of heavy water, but 12000 pounds of heavy water.
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