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The Heroes of Telemark

COME FROZEN HELL OR HIGH ADVENTURE… THEIR MISSION: STOP THE NAZIS FROM DEVELOPING THE ATOM BOMB!

In Nazi-occupied Norway, resistance fighter Knut Straud (Richard Harris) enlists the help of a physicist (Kirk Douglas) who will be useful in the attempt to destroy a heavy water production plant. The true story of how the German nuclear energy project was thwarted in Norway gets the Hollywood treatment Guns of Navarone-style, complete with two big stars whose characters sometimes are at odds with each other. Majestic views of northern Norway is a major bonus, along with a decent score by Malcolm Arnold; a few lulls and a less than remarkable script nevertheless dent the impact. 

1965-Britain. 131 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Anthony Mann. Cinematography: Robert Krasker. Music: Malcolm Arnold. Cast: Kirk Douglas (Rolf Pedersen), Richard Harris (Knut Straud), Ulla Jacobsson (Anna Pedersen), Michael Redgrave, Mervyn Johns, Eric Porter.

Trivia: The story was also told in the Norwegian film Kampen om tungtvannet (1948).

 

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