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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 Torgersen
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 one hundred fifty German soldiers, the eight hundred locals are stewing, waiting for a supply of arms so they can revolt. Leaders include Karen Stensgard (Ann Sheridan), whose father, Dr. Martin Stensgard (Walter Huston), is not all that sure that an open revolt will accomplish much, and whose brother has previously proven to be disloyal to Norway, and Gunnar Brogge (Errol Flynn), 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. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

Uncredited theatrical movie debut of Virginia Christine (Hulda). See more »

Goofs

When Torgeson is shot after the Germans discover the massacre of the German troops stationed in the town. He falls onto a low stone wall, and after landing on his side he extends his hand and flexes his fingers. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
German Co-Pilot: [checks the time on his watch while flying patrol rounds over coastal Norway] It's 4 o'clock.
German Co-Pilot: [looks off and down to his left] We are over Trollness again.
[yawns indifferently and initially continues whistling as his co-pilot logs a new journal entry for the current day, Oct 28th 1942]
German Co-Pilot: Look, look! That flag...
German Co-Pilot: That's not ours.
German Co-Pilot: It's Norwegian. Let's go down.
[descends the plane down toward the village while radioing to a Nazi base]
German Co-Pilot: Our garrison headquarters is flying a Norwegian flag... ...
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Connections

Referenced in Shadows (1958) 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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My Favorite WW II Movie of all time
14 May 2001 | by rollo_tomasoSee all my reviews

From the mystery of the first scene, you know that this is not just another war movie. This dealt honestly and on a raw level with the gut-wrenching issues that emerge when a country is occupied by a people not very much unlike themselves. Both sides try to reconcile the apparent incongruities to peacefully co-exist and yet allow the Norwegians to keep their basic human dignity, but alas the positions are inevitably irreconcilable. Because the emotions it portrays are so genuine and honest, this is one of the best propaganda films made by the allies while the war was still ongoing. Nancy Colman and Judith Anderson are standouts in a uniformly excellent cast. I consider this the perfect war film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Norwegian

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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