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The Heroes of Telemark (1965)

The Heroes of Telemark (1965)

The Heroes of Telemark





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In this tale of espionage and adventure set during World War II, Norway has fallen under Nazi occupation, and a factory is producing "heavy water" (a key ingredient in the manufacture of atomic weapons), under the order of the German military. Knut Straud (Richard Harris), a leading figure in the Norwegian underground, joins forces with scientist Dr. Rolf Pederson (Kirk Douglas), who is working with British intelligence agents to destroy the factory in hopes of keeping the Atomic Bomb out of Axis hands. However, while originally Straud and Pederson are only supposed to infiltrate the factory as a reconnaissance force while awaiting British troops, the English army is forced to retreat from their plans, leaving the Norwegians to destroy the factory and scuttle a shipment of the "heavy water" all by themselves. Inspired by a true story, The Heroes of Telemark also features Michael Redgrave and Anton Diffring.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ivan Moffat, Ben Barzman
On DVD: Apr 5, 2011
Columbia Pictures


Kirk Douglas
as Dr. Rolf Pedersen
Richard Harris
as Knut Straud
Anton Diffring
as Maj. Frick
Eric Porter
as Terboven
Wolf Frees
as Knippelberg
Karel Stepanek
as Hartmuller
Gerard Heinz
as Erhardt
Victor Beaumont
as German Sergeant
George Murcell
as Sturmfuhrer
Mervyn Johns
as Col. Wilkinson
Barry Jones
as Prof. Logan
Geoffrey Keen
as Gen. Bolt
Robert Ayres
as Gen. Coug
Maurice Denham
as Doctor at Hospital
Howard Douglas
as Galtesund Passenger
David Davies
as Captain of Galtesund
Philo Hauser
as Businessman
Faith Brook
as Woman on Bus
Elvi Hale
as Mrs. Sandersen
Russell Waters
as Mr. Sandersen
Jan Conrad
as Watchman in Factory
Alf Joint
as German Guard on Ferr...
Brian Jackson
as Norwegian Naval Atta...
Paul Hansard
as German Official
Annette Andre
as Girl Student
Pamela Conway
as Girl in Darkroom
Jemma Hyde
as Businessman's Girl F...
Terry Plummer
as First Quisling
Joe Powell
as Second Quisling
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Critic Reviews for The Heroes of Telemark

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Spy film with spectacular landscapes.

Full Review… | August 9, 2007
Classic Film and Television

The snowcovered Norwegian fjords and mountains overwhelm the characters and the flat story.

Full Review… | November 28, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Heroes of Telemark

The kind of pulpy war movie that has more in common with boy's own comic books than the conflict itself. If you like stuff like Where Eagles Dare, you'll like this.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

True story of the way the Norwegians tried to destroy the heavy water production plant after unsucessful allied bombing runs....Very taut film with some great scenes, fantastic snow shots and a great finish....the alarm clocks were a bit daft though.

Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer


Nice and old film about the tale of Nazi resistance in Norway. Solid actors, wonderful scenery, and nonetheless, interesting to watch.

Amanda .

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