Into the White (2013)




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At the beginning of World War II a hostile chance encounter in the skies above the harsh Norwegian wilderness leaves two aircraft - one British, one German - shot down in a remote and isolated region. By strange coincidence the crews seek shelter in the same cabin. They must battle to survive the brutal winter in order to get back to the war - and to fighting one another. Although war has made them enemies, as the days go by animosity proves hard to maintain. Mutual need leads to unlikely friendships, and the rules of war must be put aside. (c) Magnolia Pictures
R (for language)
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama , Special Interest
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Stig Henrik Hoff
as Sgt. Wolfgang Strunk
Rupert Grint
as Pt. Robert Smith
David Kross
as Cpl. Josef Schultze
Florian Lukas
as Lt. Horst Schopis
Lachlan Nieboer
as Cpt. Charles P. Davenport
Kim Haugen
as Bjorn Gustavsen
Knut Joner
as Harald Gustavsen
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Critic Reviews for Into the White

All Critics (10)

As dramatically potent as a B-tier Disney drama, Into the White, while displaying instances of complexity, is mired by cliché and melodrama.

Full Review… | April 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

Generates a satisfactory amount of suspense and personality to achieve its limited goals, successfully spinning routine with welcome attention to character.

Full Review… | March 8, 2013

[The cast] acquit themselves well, forging convincing and ultimately moving relationships as they learn how little petty political differences mean when starvation's at the door.

Full Review… | October 1, 2012
Total Film

The performances are more than adequate.

Full Review… | September 30, 2012
Observer (UK)

Ponderous pacing makes this true-life tale a lot less enthralling than it might have been.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012
Empire Magazine

Their little world in the wooden hut they find eventually becomes a microcosm of the real one, where they can leave behind some of the sillier prejudices of war.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012
London Evening Standard

Audience Reviews for Into the White

It's a good rendition of a tale we've all heard before. The acting is very good from all parties, which compensates somewhat for the limited movement (they stay in a single hut for most of the film) and some fairly generic attempts of the script to bash us over the head with the point.

Stuart McCunn
Stuart McCunn

Strong German casting, not so much on the british side. shame really as it could have been better sans the cocky.

Jason Kraynek
Jason Kraynek

Low-budget Netflix finds are the best and while 'Into the White' does not quite breathe top-tier excellence, there is something really good to salvage. This is the true story of German and British aircrews who shoot each other down in their fight for Norway during World War II. Against all odds and despite being adversaries in the war, the troops have to work together to survive the treacherous Norwegian weather. While 'Into the White' does seem to become slow at parts, it is ultimately rewarding to see the perceived barrier of difference come down as the soldiers continue to work together, find that they have a lot in common, and even become friends. The performances are stellar too, especially Florian Lukas as Lt. Horst Schopis, leader of the Germans; Stig Henrik Hoff as Sgt. Wolfgang Strunk, an initially quiet and serious German solider; and Rupert Grint as Private Robert Smith (based off the real-life Lt. R.S. Bostock). It's rewarding because you see that even contrasting personalities can accomplish many things and become well-acquainted. Even more compelling is that this is a true story. The end will have your mouth dropping open because of the unbelievable irony and deja vu.

Ben Bartos
Ben Bartos

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