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The 12th Man (2017)

Den 12. mann (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, History, Thriller | 4 May 2018 (USA)
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They were 12 saboteurs. The Nazis killed 11 of them. This is the true story of the one who got away...


Harald Zwart


Petter Skavlan (as Alex Boe)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Gullestad ... Jan Baalsrud
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Kurt Stage
Marie Blokhus Marie Blokhus ... Gudrun Grønvoll
Mads Sjøgård Pettersen ... Marius Grønvoll
Vegar Hoel ... Sigurd Eskeland
Håkon T. Nielsen ... Erik Reichelt
Eirik Risholm Velle Eirik Risholm Velle ... Per Blindheim
Daniel Frikstad Daniel Frikstad ... Gabriel Salvesen
Eric Dirnes Eric Dirnes ... Bjørn Norman Bolstad
Alexander Zwart Alexander Zwart ... Sjur Ludvigsen Trovåg
Torgny Gerhard Aanderaa Torgny Gerhard Aanderaa ... Sverre Odd Kverhellen
Håkon Smeby Håkon Smeby ... Harald Peter Ratvik
Axel Barø Aasen ... Frithjof Meyer Haugland
Ole Victor Corral ... Magnus Johan Kvalvik
Kim Jøran Olsen Kim Jøran Olsen ... Nils 'Nigo' Nilsen


True World War II story about Jan Baalsrud, one of the 12 saboteurs sent in 1943 from England to the Nazi occupied Northern Norway. After their boat is sunk by the Germans, Jan goes on the run towards the neutral Sweden. However, the brutal weather conditions turn out to possibly be an even greater foe than the Nazi patrols.

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Drama | History | Thriller | War


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Thomas Gullestad lost 15kg (33 pounds) in just 8 weeks for the role. See more »


Title Card: WWII. April 9, 1940, Norway is occupied by Nazi Germany and Hitler establishes "Festung Norwegen". The German war machine moves to the far north and the allied convoys suffer enormous losses.
Title Card: Scotland 1943. Norwegian soldiers are trained by the British forces to carry out the vital sabotage missions in Norway. Operation Martin Red was launched on March 24. Twelve Norwegian resistance fighters set sail for Norway. Their mission: to sabotage German airfields and installations.
Title Card: Only one man came ...
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From the introduction titles: "The most incredible events in this story are the ones that actually took place" See more »


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My first review
16 September 2019 | by michelleaynSee all my reviews

I had to write a review because this film was such a masterpiece from the storyline, dialogue, acting, cinematography, pacing. I honestly don't know how they didn't win awards. I can't believe the main actor is actually a musician not an actor. He was phenomenal. This was one of the best films I've seen in a long time. The pacing kept you at the edge of your seat and to make it even more striking, it's based on a true story. I couldn't believe it. What a testimony to the human spirit and how the worst of life circumstances and cruelty also brings out the very best in some and the bond of our humanity. Go and watch this film!

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Norwegian | German | English | Saami

Release Date:

4 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Lyngen, Troms, Norway See more »


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2.39 : 1
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