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Max Manus: Man of War (2008)

Max Manus (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Biography, Drama | 3 September 2010 (USA)
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The true story about one of the most brilliant saboteurs during World War II and his battle to overcome his inner demons.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aksel Hennie ... Max Manus
Agnes Kittelsen ... Tikken Lindebrække
Nicolai Cleve Broch ... Gregers Gram
Ken Duken ... Kriminalrat Siegfried Fehmer
Christian Rubeck ... Kolbein Lauring
Knut Joner Knut Joner ... Gunnar Sønsteby
Mats Eldøen Mats Eldøen ... Edvard Tallaksen (as Mads Eldøen)
Kyrre Haugen Sydness ... Jens Chr. Hauge
Viktoria Winge ... Solveig Johnsrud
Pål Sverre Hagen ... Roy Nilsen (as Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen)
Jakob Oftebro ... Lars Emil Erichsen (as Jacob Oftebro)
Petter Næss ... Kaptein Martin Linge
Ron Donachie ... Oberst John Skinner Wilson
Stig Henrik Hoff ... Politikaptein Eilertsen
Oliver Stokowski ... Oberscharführer Karl Höhler
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The true story about one of the most brilliant saboteurs during World War II and his battle to overcome his inner demons.

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Country:

Norway | Denmark | Germany

Language:

Norwegian | German | English | Russian | Finnish

Release Date:

3 September 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Max Manus: Man of War See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

NOK 50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,800,000 (Norway), 19 December 2008, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie, Gregers Gram talks about the idea that someone should make a statue of him, and put it somewhere fancy, like in front of City Hall in Oslo. This is a clever joke, as there really is a statue of Gregers Gram outside Njårdhallen (the Njaard sports hall). See more »

Goofs

When the Nazis were marching on Karl Johan's Gate (Oslo) in June 1940 the trees in the park were leafless suggesting early spring or late autumn. See more »

Quotes

Colonel J.S. Wilson: [from trailer] Why do you want to be a saboteur, Max?
Max Manus: [from trailer] My country was stolen from me, Sir... and I want it back.
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Great and balanced about Norwegian resistance heroes
19 December 2008 | by OJTSee all my reviews

The film evolves around Max Manus as one of the central heroes of the young Norwegian resistance during the World War II. Together with Gunnar Kjakan Sønsteby, Gregers Gram and the other brave youngsters not willing to see the free Norway become a part of the German Nazi empire The Third Reich.

After the fun flick "Bandidas" no one expected Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg to be able to do such a correct and true told story of one the Norwegian resistance heroes. But they have managed to make a great film, without messing up in any way.

We get the feeling that the heroism was not just a one-sided thing. For every action the resistance made, more civilians had to die. Max Manus, brilliantly played by Aksel Hennie, was an adventurer, and very lucky to be one of the survivors, more than once thanks to the cold-minded Gunnar Kjakan Sønsteby, warning him about the reality of it all.

The film also shows the psychological effects on the adventurer, who got to be a heavy drinker during the war, and after. Being a hero is just a part of the whole story.

A strong part of this film is the human relations. The boyish ways and friendships. The love-story is beautifully made. One can really relate to the persons. That's good acting as well! Some find Fehmers girlfriend as unnecessary. I don't agree. This is to show that the Nazis had both charm and feelings too. This gives balance as well.

Some have been criticizing the Norwegian resistance for being young silly adventurers. Some of this might be a little bit true, but what they did, and what the sacrificed, is impressive. Most of us would not even think of trying, or dare, to do anything as to stop an invasion of a big and threatening force. Thank God for the likes of Max Manus. He never stopped believing that the Germans could be beaten, even though he was far down after losing his friends one by one in the battle for freedom.

A solid mark is given for true storytelling of brave young spirits, making Norway what the country is today.


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