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
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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 »
[checks the time on his watch while flying patrol rounds over coastal Norway]
It's 4 o'clock.
[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]
Look, look! That flag...
That's not ours.
It's Norwegian. Let's go down.
[descends the plane down toward the village while radioing to a Nazi base]
Our garrison headquarters is flying a Norwegian flag... ...
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A Mighty Fortress is Our God (Ein' Feste Burg)
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
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My Favorite WW II Movie of all time
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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