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Edge of Darkness (1943)

Approved | | Drama, War | 24 April 1943 (USA)
After two years under German rule, a small Norwegian fishing village rises up and revolts against the occupying Nazis.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Robert Rossen (screenplay), William Woods (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Errol Flynn ... Gunnar Brogge
Ann Sheridan ... Karen Stensgard
Walter Huston ... Dr. Martin Stensgard
Nancy Coleman ... Katja
Helmut Dantine ... Capt. Koenig
Judith Anderson ... Gerd Bjarnesen
Ruth Gordon ... Anna Stensgard
John Beal ... Johann Stensgard
Morris Carnovsky ... Sixtus Andresen
Charles Dingle ... Kaspar Torgerson
Roman Bohnen ... Lars Malken
Richard Fraser ... Pastor Aalesen
Art Smith ... Knut Osterholm
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Storyline

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. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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A story incomparable of a people unconquerable.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Norway in Revolt See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,653,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This was director Lewis Milestone's first picture for Warner Brothers since The Caveman (1926) 17 years earlier. See more »

Goofs

When Anna Stensgard suggests they have a drink to celebrate Johann's return, her glass changes position between shots. It's first in her hand, then on the table, then back in her hand. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Martin Stensgard: Why must everything in the world be either black or white?
Karen Stensgard: Because that's the way the world is these days.
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Connections

Featured in Warner at War (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

A Mighty Fortress is Our God (Ein' Feste Burg)
(uncredited)
Traditional German hymn
Lyrics by Martin Luther (1535)
English translation by Frederick H. Hedge (1853)
Played and sung offscreen by an unidentified chorus during the opening credits, in the church,
and at the end
Variations in the score throughout
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Superb story, director and actors
19 April 2005 | by Dcurt1943See all my reviews

I keep a list of 100 all time favorite movies. This movie is in the top fifty. It has superb actors: Walter Houston, Ruth Gordon, Errol Flynn, etc. The Director did an excellent job. The movie shows that humans, when beaten down too harshly, will rise up, if given the opportunity, to destroy the oppressor and restore freedom of choice. In this case, the German Nazis brutally oppress the Norwigans of a small fishing village. The full range of human emotions is displayed. This is drama at its best. It would help galvanize a world against the oppressor. After WWII the film is still applicable to world events somewhere. It is a great history movie!


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