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April 9th (2015)

9. april (original title)
On April 9, 1940 Germany invaded Denmark. Based on real events - in Southern Jutland a military unit on bicycles was sent south to help hold back the Germans until reinforcement.

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Roni Ezra

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Tobias Lindholm
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Cast

Credited cast:
Pilou Asbæk ... Sekondløjtnant Sand
Lars Mikkelsen ... Oberstløjtnant Hintz
Elliott Crosset Hove ... Menig Lassen
Simon Sears ... Kaptajn Holm
Martin Greis-Rosenthal ... Løjtnant Gjermansen (as Martin Greis)
Gustav Dyekjær Giese ... Menig Andersen
Joachim Fjelstrup Joachim Fjelstrup ... Sergent Bundgaard
Ari Alexander ... Menig Justesen
Sebastian Bull Sarning Sebastian Bull Sarning ... Menig Lundgren
Pelle Emil Hebsgaard ... Guard
Morten Hauch-Fausbøll Morten Hauch-Fausbøll ... Major Fladsaa
Jannik Lorenzen ... Menig Gram
Michael Brostrup Michael Brostrup ... Oberst Hartz
Mette Munk Plum Mette Munk Plum ... Bondekone
Jan Dose Jan Dose ... Oberleutnant Becker
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In the early morning of April 9th 1940 the Danish army is alerted. The Germans have crossed the border; Denmark is at war against Europe's strongest army. In Southern Jutland Danish bicycle- and motorcycle companies are ordered out, to against all odds, hold back the forces until the Danish reinforcements can be mobilized. In the fatal hours, we follow second lieutenant Sand (Pilou Asbæk) and his bicycle company - they will as the first Danish soldiers meet the enemy in combat on April 9th 1940. Written by Nordisk Film Production A/S

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish | German

Release Date:

12 March 2015 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

9 апреля See more »

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The german codename for the invasion of Denmark was "Weserübung" Weser being the name of a river in north Germany, and übung meaning exercise See more »

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In the battle of Lundtoftbjerg(1940), a German soldier is equipped with a MG42 machine gun (developed in 1942). See more »

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23 August 2015 | by ericnottellingSee all my reviews

So I decided to review this movie because there were only 3 listed on the site and non of them were really good. They are all highly rated reviews and yet the movie is rated at like a 6 for a reason.

Let me say that the historical accuracy of the movie is itself interesting. Realizing how unequipped and ill prepared people were against the German army is definitely put into historical context. However that maybe the only thing put into historical context. In some sense the movie is almost a comedy because of this context. Soldiers are referred to by number, they are on their peddle bikes which are considered important military equipment, and a huge part of military training is changing a bike tire. At one point a German commander asks why they have been fighting so long...I think they fought like 12 hours. When you get past this historical context and start looking for the story or the movie you end up walking away with someone that is simply missing. This is no band of brothers. There are no deep connections or personal attachments. Furthermore, any sense of connecting with these soldiers is lacking. There is no sense of defeat, of nationalistic pride or any such emotion you would think would be involved in a war film. The ending is suppose to bring forward a sense of senselessness of their resistance however that is simply missing as well. They are so worried about a physical story they simply left the dialog missing. It was more important to them to show scenes of changing bike tires and the bike unit peddling down the road. There simply was not much meaningful dialog between main characters. I have given this movie a 5/10, which frankly I think is fair. It has some historical accuracy but that isn't why I watch movies. It lacks character development, dialog and simply story. While an interesting movie, other than it's value as a comedy it simply wasn't worth watching.


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