Mann was dead wrong when he said that the visual makeup a movie was much more important than the character drama. However there were fishing boats around which picked up any survivors there were. The Norwegian resistance under Nazi occupation was limited, but the achievements and efforts of these few men are nothing less then impressive. Since I am going to Norway later this week, and having never been, and therefore being in a state of mild angst at the thought that I might never return, I thought I would take the trouble to squirrel away, in a quiet corner of the internet, my view of the film about the Heroes of Telemark which I have just been watching. Wilkinson as Sigrid as Jensen, the Mysterious as Prof.
It's a terrible thing to contemplate, Nazis creating the atomic bomb. Their first attempt to destroy the heavy water factory is only partly successful and their last chance is to sink the ferry carrying the plant's heavy water production - and also many civilians including school children. But as a wartime adventure film it pales in comparison to 'The Guns Of Navarone' or 'Where Eagles Dare', even though both of those stories were entirely fictional. Unfortunately, the story fails to draw in and engage the audience. If you're the type of person who watches movies for the cast, like I do, you might want to rent this one. They all knew, they'd been studying the layout for months from accurate models. Harris, leader of the Norwegian underground, is enlisted by British intelligence to aid in destroying the factory.
Other versions made a documentary titled The Real Heroes of Telemark. If you find this story interesting then i suggest that you would take a look at a documentary or something. Pedersen boards the ferry to try and minimize civilian deaths. Great films such as 'Objective, Burma! The saboteurs ski all the way to Sweden to avoid being captured by the Germans, while the Norwegian and British soldiers continue to rack their brains to find a way to stop the production of 'heavy water'. And no saboteurs were killed. The closing sequence aboard a boat full of children is very well done, though, and there's another taut bit where Douglas and Jacobsen are almost caught snooping around the factory but manage to convince a passing guard that they are merely young lovebirds trying to find a quiet spot for a bit of private love-making.
Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris prove uneasy allies. Rolf Pederson as Knut Straud as Anna as Uncle as Maj. It's not quite as big in scope as these other two films, but it is still an excellent film. Their assignment results to be to stop the Nazis from developing the atom bomb. A Norwegian traitor gives away the resistance hideout, and Anna's uncle is killed. This must be down to the Director, Anthony Mann. Perhaps it's stating the obvious considering Mann and Krasker's reputations as quality visualists, but The Heroes of Telemark is a splendid looking war movie.
Douglas is a talented egotist and Harris was quite the carouser back in those days and also didn't get along with both Marlon Brando and Charlton Heston on films he co-starred with them. That's what comes of having a gun culture. All-star-cast and excellent secondary actors formed mostly by British actors as Michael Redgrave , Barry Jones , Anton Driffing , Roy Dotrice , Maurice Denham , Geoffrey Keen and many others. It's a pity that these adventure scenes were so well shot without engaging characters to really draw me into the action scenes. And it just makes the actual event even more incredible! The biggest no-no for me was when I think it was Kirk Douglas took the time to visit his girlfriend down in the valley.
Ergo there was a regular 'underground' ferry service from Norway to the Shetland Islands called the 'The Shetland Bus Service'. The reason for remaking the film is of course the language. Tough it might have been for the best. As a movie however, it might be watchable. Harris, leader of the Norwegian underground, is enlisted by British intelligence to aid in destroying the factory.
Then we have the cornball romance between Douglas and the female lead that wastes time. This rousing film packs noisy action , high adventure , frozen hell , dramatic events , and wonderful outdoors from Norway. What would our world be like today if they had succeeded? When a force of Royal Engineers, who were to carry it out, are all killed, Petersen and Straud lead a small force of saboteurs into the plant. But is far from what really happened at Rjukan in Telemark. True story about daring sabotage by Norwegian commandos fictionalized into action movie. The Germans knew nothing about the operation until after completion. The acting and action are excellent.
Heavy water was produced by the Hydro company in relation to a major water power plant in the mountains of Telemark. Back then, Norway had built up its own resistance, made up of civilians and former soldiers. I toughed it was a very good movie. They started to appear later on thanks to the demythologization of war, and the will to recover a genre that had been more or less forgotten. When a Norwegian scientist got wind of it he gets a message to a colleague played by Kirk Douglas who escapes to Great Britain to inform the Allied High Command. The war was not to be fought in Scandinavia.
Of course Americans aren't satisfied unless a war movie is filled with carnage and guns blazing. The film is quite good, but it might have been better still. Today only the building that contained the hydro water plant still exist, and now houses a museum. The problem of Heroes of Telemark is that even if it is telling a true story, it seems artificial. After the first mission fails, the Norwegian commando that is waiting, made up of 15 volunteers in the film there are only 9 , launches Operation Gunnerside. Later in 1942 the unsuccessful Operation Freshman was mounted by British paratroopers; they were to rendezvous with the Norwegians of Operation Grouse and proceed to Vemork.