The Heroes of Telemark Reviews
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.
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.
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 :)