The King's Choice (2017)

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THE KING'S CHOICE is based on the true the story about three dramatic days in April 1940, where the King of Norway is presented with an unimaginable ultimatum from the German armed forces: surrender or die. With Nazi soldiers hunting after them, the Royal Family is forced to flee the capital. In the best interest of the family, the Crown Princess Märtha leaves Norway with the children to seek refuge in Sweden, whilst King Haakon and the Crown Prince Olav flee to a small farming area just outside Elverum and meet the Germans head on. After three days of desperately trying to evade the Germans, King Haakon makes his final decision. He refuses to capitulate, even if it may cost him, his family and many Norwegians their lives.

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Jesper Christensen
as Kong Haakon VII
Tuva Novotny
as Kronprinsesse Märtha
Karl Markovics
as Kurt Bräuer
Katharina Schüttler
as Anneliese Bräuer
Erik Hivju
as Birger Eriksen
Rolf Kristian Larsen
as Brynjar Hammer
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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (8)

Set up like a suspense thriller, with on-screen titles that count down the minutes - not days or weeks - "The King's Choice" has the feel of a film that probably played better in its native country.

Oct 5, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A handsome widescreen history lesson, "The King's Choice" digs deep into the inexhaustible subject of World War II from a fresh perspective.

Oct 5, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"The King's Choice" is a dramatic tale about a pivotal World War II moment, a story infused with tension and psychological conflict that's all the more engrossing for being fresh to us.

Oct 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Director Erik Poppe's handling of complicated material - diplomacy amid invasion, familial struggles amid national strife, political machinery clanking along amid explosions - is clear and sure.

Sep 28, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

One of the most handsomely realized and viscerally compelling of recent period dramas.

Sep 22, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Proceeds in the manner of any number of war epics of the 1960s, sluggishly charting how the ostensibly ceremonial king acquired real negotiating power during a crisis - and had the resolve to lead his country into war.

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

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