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The Heroes of Telemark

"Unarmed and outnumbered, they stunned the world with their incredible victory."

1965-11-12 Action 2hr 11m

Set in German-occupied Norway, resistance fighter Knut Straud enlists the reluctant physicist Rolf Pedersen in an effort to destroy the German heavy water production plant in rural Telemark.

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Set in German-occupied Norway, resistance fighter Knut Straud enlists the reluctant physicist Rolf Pedersen in an effort to destroy the German heavy water production plant in rural Telemark.

  • Released
    1965-11-12
  • Revenue
    n/a
  • Budget
    n/a
  • Runtime
    2hr 11m
  • Genre
    Action, Drama, War
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English, Norsk, Deutsch
  • imdb-logo
    6.5
  • Production
    Benton Film Productions, The Rank Organisation

Crew

Anthony Mann
Director
Ivan Moffat
Screenplay
Benjamin Fisz
Producer

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Cast

Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas

Dr. Rolf Pedersen
Richard Harris

Richard Harris

Knut Straud
Ulla Jacobsson

Ulla Jacobsson

Anna Pedersen
Anton Diffring

Anton Diffring

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Reviews for The Heroes of Telemark
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A Review by John Chard 7

Written by John Chard on 2014-03-21

The Battle for Heavy Water. The Heroes of Telemark is directed by Anthony Mann and written by Ben Barzman and Ivan Moffat. It stars Kirk ... read more

The Battle for Heavy Water. The Heroes of Telemark is directed by Anthony Mann and written by Ben Barzman and Ivan Moffat. It stars Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Ulla Jacobsson, Michael Redgrave and David Weston. Music is by Malcolm Arnold and cinematography by Robert Krasker. 1942, Nazi occupied Norway, and the Germans are making great strides with their plans for atomic weaponry. It’s down to a band of resistance fighters and a scientist to blow up the German heavy water factory located up in the Telemark mountains. 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. It’s solidly performed by the cast, the story, which is based on a real and crucial incident in the war, is gripping, while some of the tech flourishes shown by Mann for the more pacy scenes are impressive. Problems only really arise when the film resorts to standard character interactions, shifting focus away from the film’s strength, that of the mission, the planning and execution of such. The script doesn’t really give the characters much to work with, so in truth it’s hard to really care about them in context to their own personal trials and tribulations. However, such is the visual treats and excellent action choreography on show, it still rounds out as a wholesome meaty war epic well worth investing time with. 7/10

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A Review by Wuchak 7

Written by Wuchak on 2023-02-15

**_The more realistic precursor to Where Eagles Dare_** During WW2, a resistant fighter in German-occupied Norway (Richard Harris) and an... read more

**_The more realistic precursor to Where Eagles Dare_** During WW2, a resistant fighter in German-occupied Norway (Richard Harris) and an Oslo physics professor (Kirk Douglas) team-up to stop the Nazi operation of creating & transporting heavy water in order to produce the first atomic bomb and thus win the war. “The Heroes of Telemark” (1965) debuted three years before “Where Eagles Dare” and is based on the true story of Norwegian heavy water sabotage. It’s more mundane and believable, but lacks the great score and all-around pizazz of that more well-know WW 2 film. The wintery Norwegian locations are certainly a highlight (listed below). This was director Anthony Mann’s second to last movie. He would die a year and five months after its release from a heart attack in Berlin at the age of 60. The film runs 2 hours, 10 minutes, and was shot in Norway (Telemark, Oslo & Tinnsjø) and England (Pinewood Studios, Winchfield station & Poole Harbour). GRADE: B

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A Review by John Chard

The Battle for Heavy Water. The Heroes of Telemark is directed by Anthony Mann and written by Ben Barzman and Ivan Moffat. It stars Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Ulla Jacobsson, Michael Redgrave and David Weston. Music is by Malcolm Arno...

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A Review by John Chard 7

Written by John Chard on 2014-03-21

The Battle for Heavy Water. The Heroes of Telemark is directed by Anthony Mann and written by Ben Barzman and Ivan Moffat. It stars Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Ulla Jacobsson, Michael Redgrave an...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Wuchak 7

Written by Wuchak on 2023-02-15

**_The more realistic precursor to Where Eagles Dare_** During WW2, a resistant fighter in German-occupied Norway (Richard Harris) and an Oslo physics professor (Kirk Douglas) team-up to stop the N...

read more