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½ May 25, 2016
Nazi-occupied Norway during World War 2. The Germans are building a
secret plant in the region of Telemark. The plant will be key in the
development of an atomic bomb. Norwegian resistance fighters and
British Commandos are to destroy the plant but the commandos are killed
when their glider crashes. This leaves everything up to the Norwegian

Pretty standard WW2 action movie. Plot feels conventional (though loosely based on a true story), and is
directed in paint-by-numbers fashion. Also gets kind of preachy towards
the end, which is irritating.

OK performances by Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris. Harris is the more
convincing of the two.

The scenery steals the show though.
December 27, 2015
I missed the start so I'm still not sure how taking out a Norwegian passenger ferry stopped the Nazis from developing a nuclear bomb, but the espionage stuff was fun anyway. Norway makes for an atmospheric setting too.
August 23, 2015
It is certainly a heroic tale but told in the most pedestrian and flat manner possible.
January 25, 2015
The Norwegian resistance sabotage the Vemork Norsk Hydro plant in the town of Rjukan in the county of Telemark, Norway, which the Nazis are using to produce heavy water, which could be used in the manufacture of an Atomic bomb. Rolf Pedersen (Kirk Douglas), a Norwegian physics professor, who, though originally content to wait out the war, is soon pulled into the struggle by local resistance leader Knut Straud (Richard Harris). They are both smuggled to England to have microfilmed plans of the hydroelectric plant examined, and then return to Norway to plan a commando raid. When a force of Royal Engineers, who were to carry it out, are all killed, Pedersen and Straud lead a small force of saboteurs into the plant. The raid is successful, but the Germans quickly repair the equipment. The Germans then plan to ship steel drums of heavy water to Germany. Pedersen and Straud needs to stop the ship before is reaches Germany...

Anthony Mannīs "The Heroes of Telemark" is a visually stunning war epic movie based on real events that quite probably allowed the allies to win World War II. Kirk Douglas and specifically Richard Harris are in great form and the latter show such intensity and power in his role as Knut which adds so much to the film. I love the breathtaking snowy outdoor sequences filmed in Norway that gives authenticity to the film and also creates a great vibe and general feeling to the whole movie. I love as well how intense the acting is in general and how "evil" the germans are portrayed which in return engage you in the heroes mission even more. The film is very nicely shot and many sequences are well made and greatly choreographed. On the minus side is that the characters are not really presented properly and they become a bit as backdrops in all the marvellous scenery and action. I reckon the main characters couldīve been fleshed out a bit. And yes, it does maybe feel a bit silly that these Norwegian heroes speaks british english and american english while we do hear some german every once in a while during the screen time. Then again, what could you expect from a Hollywood war movie made in 1965. But, all in all I really liked this WW II movie which I have wanted to see for a long time.
½ December 19, 2014
A mostly forgettable war flick set in snowy Norway with some of the action taking place on skis.
April 27, 2014
It's your usual standard WW2 film that doesn't really offer much originality but still entertains with some great scenery and some good acting from Richard Harris and Kirk Douglas
½ January 2, 2014
This is a fairly standard World War II movie of the type made in the 1960s. It follows the story of a group of Norwegian resistance fighters trying to destroy the Nazi attempts to make heavy water, a key ingredient of nuclear weapons. There's the usual mix of gun fights, spies and explosions and a fair amount of genuine tension set in some snowy landscapes but it somehow just doesn't feel genuine. Kirk Douglas is rather mis-cast as the lead, a Norwegian boffin who recognises the threat posed by the German labs and Richard Harris feels about as Scandinavian as a pint of Guinness. Michael Redgrave and Ulla Jacobsson more than pull their weigh in supporting roles and there's the usual 'rent-a-Nazi' troupe of actors to boo and hiss at. There's some good direction from Anthony Mann who makes full use of the snowy landscapes and keeps the pace brisk but this is film is not the best example of this genre by any means.
December 8, 2013
A good movie which all war-film lovers should see because of the content and the story.... It affected us all.....
September 18, 2013
Surprises from the sales basket! Based on a real heroic sabotage actions during WW II, Kirk Douglas saves the world in a snow suit and on the skies. Great soundtrack too and a fascinating story in all on the company, that still today is a big player in the chemical fertilizers. Film reminded me a bit on the classic "Where eagles dare".
February 8, 2013
Harris and Douglas play Norwegian jŲssings in this nice based-on-a-true-story pic. Worth checking if you didn't already.
½ December 24, 2012
Good WW2 flick. Hot ass least I think so.
April 30, 2012
Great flick , magnificent scenery and best of all based on a true story
½ April 21, 2011
Nice and old film about the tale of Nazi resistance in Norway. Solid actors, wonderful scenery, and nonetheless, interesting to watch.
½ April 4, 2011
A decent war film detailing some of the heroics of the Sabouters of Telemark - Douglas gives a decent performance
½ October 6, 2010
√?hhhhhhh..Nostalgi f√∂r mig, s√•g denna p√• tv i min ungdom och √§lskade den, precis som jag √§lskar √?rn√§stet, Kanonerna P√• Naverone och Kellys Hj√§ltar..
September 12, 2010
½ February 1, 2010
Seen this many times as a child.
½ December 19, 2009
Excellent WW2 actioner finds Douglas and Harris out to sabotage a Nazis plan. A bit ridiculous at times.
½ December 14, 2009
Still a great movie, perfect Sunday movie :)

Except from pretty much all of the actors to be americans with Norwegian names in the movie, and timing issues (in chasing scenes, first they are close to each other, next far from each other, next, they are really close again), the movie was very entertaining :)

Special thanks to Irene *you know who you are* for giving me the chance to enjoy this movie on DvD :)
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