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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

Writer:

Tobias Lindholm
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Cast

Credited cast:
Pilou Asbæk ... Sekondløjtnant Sand
Lars Mikkelsen ... Oberstløjtnant Hintz
Gustav Dyekjær Giese ... Menig Andersen
Simon Sears ... Kaptajn Holm
Elliott Crosset Hove ... Menig Lassen
Martin Greis-Rosenthal ... Løjtnant Gjermansen (as Martin Greis)
Sebastian Bull Sarning ... Menig Lundgren
Ari Alexander ... Menig Justesen
Joachim Fjelstrup Joachim Fjelstrup ... Sergent Bundgaard
Morten Hauch-Fausbøll Morten Hauch-Fausbøll ... Major Fladsaa
Maylenah Carmen Angellina Wiliemsborg ... Gående Kone (as Maylenah Marion Dalgaard)
Pelle Emil Hebsgaard ... Guard
Jesper Hagelskær Paasch Jesper Hagelskær Paasch ... Løjtnant Jepsen
Lukas Schwarz Thorsteinsson Lukas Schwarz Thorsteinsson ... Signalofficer
Mette Munk Plum Mette Munk Plum ... Bondekone
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Storyline

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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$2,102,722
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The limited casualties during the short German invasion of Denmark on April 9th, 1940 is heavily debated. Precise Danish military casualties are known and documented, with 16 dead (11 army soldiers, 3 border guards, 2 air force pilots) and 21 wounded, plus less than 10 civilian dead and wounded. Conversely, German casualties have no official documentation. The only known contemporary source to list a German figure states 203 German dead and wounded, this in a May 1940 summary from the Danish weapons manufacturer DISA of the battle qualities of their 20mm Madsen auto cannon, that had incapacitated German armor during the battle. This source has been accused of heavy exaggeration, as DISA with this summary was trying to market their weaponry to the German Wehrmacht now occupying Denmark. Other more conservative estimates list max 25-30 German dead and perhaps as many wounded. See more »

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(at around 38 mins) The Germans are firing an MG 42 in a battle in 1940. See more »

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Small yet very powerful production.great movie.
27 August 2015 | by koderiusSee all my reviews

This is my first IMDb review. I thought i'd make an effort - because i think this movie deserves a lot more than the 6.8 score it got.

This is a small budget ,non-bombastic ,non-hollywood movie. YET , it managed to capture the eeriness and horror of the first day of WWII for Danmark in a very vivid and realistic way.

All the actors play very well. The photography is very precise and professional. And the events are based on true stories.

what's not to like ? I think its a must watch for true WWII enthusiasts- who'd like to get a new perspective on the northern European theatre of war.


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