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Edge of Darkness Reviews

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April 6, 2016
Really solid little war picture! Surprisingly brutal for its era.
November 30, 2015
Her husband was shot but she carries on his work against us.

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."

Grade: B
September 2, 2015
Gripping propaganda film. Good script, mostly.
August 10, 2015
another gr8 WWII pic made during WWII Flynn is really quite good here.
July 7, 2013
Edge of Darkness (1943) -- [8.5] -- SPOILER REVIEW: Norwegian villagers rise up against the Nazis in this super-entertaining wartime matinee. Errol Flynn headlines an ensemble that includes Walter Huston, Ruth Gordon, Judith Anderson, and Ann Sheridan. The first hour is a bit of a slow burn, but once the Nazis find out about the villagers' planned uprising, hang onto your butt. The tide turns just as things are at their darkest, with all the headlining cast members forced to dig their own graves in the town square. Smuggled arms arrive from the English just in time and the entire village marches on the square, but will they make it in time? How much do I love the fact that the pacifist pastor whips out a machine gun in the bell tower at the last minute and saves everyone's lives? A shit ton. But that's not the end of the movie. The Nazis get pushed back to their hotel headquarters and director Lewis Milestone ("All Quiet on the Western Front") stages a remarkable battle sequence in which nearly everyone dies. "Edge of Darkness" is involving, exciting, and full of terrific characters. My favorite character is Judith Anderson's, an icy bar keep who carries a flame for one of the Nazis -- but that doesn't stop her from popping a cap in his ass when the time comes. There's also a great score by Franz Waxman and a lot of nifty miniature photography. The film is a strong contender for my favorite Errol Flynn movie, as well as my favorite wartime propaganda flick.
March 12, 2013
Starkly moving chronicle about the events that happen on a Norwegian little town during Nazi occupation--Edge of Darkness is Sheer Brilliance!!
February 15, 2013
Starring Errol Flynn. A stock Hollywood propaganda film from WW2, made to inspire patriotism at the time.
June 28, 2011
Everyone is this amazing film brings this wonderful tale to life. This is a great film that I know all of you guys will enjoy. And, I think, it's, Errol Flynn's best acting role...Edge of Darkness...Njoy!!
January 31, 2011
Forget the famous French Underground. Check out this film about the fighting Norwegian Underground during WWII. Errol Flynn is a two fisted, Nazi fighting, machine gun toting fisherman to leads his village agains the occupying forces. Good drama and excellent action.
November 8, 2010
It is very clear that this film is a propaganda film aimed purely at showing how evil the Germans were! It explores some interesting issues though and is a very good story of a small Norwegian fishing village who have to decide whether or not they should resist the German occupiers. The main problem with the story is that the first few scenes answer the question if they resisted or not with signs there has obviously been a big battle fought; so the question about whether the village should fight or not has already been answered.

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.
½ August 25, 2010
Unashamedly a wartime propaganda piece, there's little else it tries to be although there are one or two experimental camera shots included.
½ August 24, 2010
Incredibly dark depiction of the Norwegian resistance. It's still a bit too far in the propaganda realm, but manages to rise above the norm and be a gripping combination of action and suspense.
August 7, 2010
This opens with a mystery. A German patrol plane flies over the fjords of Norway. In a small village the crew spot a German outpost flying a Norwegian flag rather than the expected swastika. A boat arrives with German troops to investigate. What they find is a city full of bodies of townspeople and German soldiers with one crazed and babbling survivor. There is then a flashback and the action fills in on what happened. This is a very good film. Although anchored by Errol Flynn and Ann Sheridan it is full of interesting characters and plays out as more of an ensemble movie. I found this very emotional and exciting the first time I saw it. The second time it was still pretty good. If you haven't seen it yet I think you'll enjoy it.
July 1, 2010
It's two years after the Nazi's invasion of Norway and in a small fishing village that is headquarters to 150 German soldiers, the 800 locals are stewing, waiting for a supply of arms so they can revolt. Leaders include Karen Stensgard, whose father is the town's doctor and not all that sure that an open revolt will accomplish much and whose brother has proven disloyal to Norway previously, and Gunnar Brogge, a fisherman who was planning to sail to England to fight but changed his mind on hearing of English arms being delivered. Although the Nazi's cruelty is evident, the townspeople bide their time, until one incident causes the stewpot to boil over.
May 23, 2010
well umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch......its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie....i think that nancy coleman, errol flynn, anne sheridan, walter huston play good roles/parts throughout this movie......i think that anne sheridan/errol flynn were great throughout this movie......i think that the director of this drama/classics/wartime movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie.....i think that errol flynn was great throughout this movie.....i think that this is a good war movie 2 watch with a great cast thorughout this movie n its enjoyable movie 2 watch with a great cast throughout this movie
½ January 22, 2010
Solid World War II propaganda film, helped out by a fine cast. It is a but extreme at times, but it?s very well done and one must consider the year it was made. Good production.
½ January 22, 2010
Solid World War II propaganda film, helped out by a fine cast. It is a but extreme at times, but it?s very well done and one must consider the year it was made. Good production.
July 24, 2008
Awesome movie, i loved it! Go Norway!
April 27, 2008
This has got to come out on DVD.
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