Edge of Darkness Reviews
During the World War a small Norwegian town is held hostage by the Nazis. Some Norwegians fall in line with the Nazi beliefs, while others form a committee to revolt. Those that plan to revolt plan with neighboring towns and the British to obtain arms and drive out the Germans.
"No time for tears."
Lewis Milestone, director of Ocean's Eleven, Pork Chop Hill, All Quiet on the Western Front, Mutiny on the Bounty, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, and Of Mice and Men, delivers Edge of Darkness. The storyline for this picture is very well told. The plot is fairly standard for the genre, but the characters are delivered very well. The acting is excellent and the cast includes Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan, Walter Huston, Judith Anderson, and Ruth Gordon.
"A tidal wave has swept over us."
I recently came across this on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and had to DVR it. I enjoy watching Flynn pictures and this was one of his better performances. There was good drama in this film and I enjoyed the way the town's people were presented. This is worth a viewing for fans of the classics.
"They will dig their own graves."
However there is a fantastic scene which is a debate between the townspeople of why and why not they should fight and the issues that are raised are true valid reasons for each side. The brutality of the Germans is well shown and there some subjects explored, such as rape although not directly shown it does not leave much to the imagination. The battle scene in the film is excellent in every sense! It is quite brutal, prolonged and filmed extremely well!
Errol Flynn gives a very commanding performance as the leader of the resistance movement and stands out when delivering a very energetic piece of dialogue. Ann Sheridan gives an equally confident performance as the passionate female resistance fighter. The other actor whose performance is very good is Helmut Dantine; his performance as the brutal German Commandant is extremely good and is perfectly cast for the role.
A very obvious propaganda film, which has got some very good scenes in it. The main problem is that the plot is somewhat spoiled by the first few scenes. The acting is and dialogue is quite good and the battle scenes are excellent.