The Norwegian resistance sabotage the Vemork Norsk Hydro plant in the town of Rjukan in the county of Telemark, Norway, which the Nazis are using to produce heavy water, which could be used in the manufacture of an Atomic bomb. Rolf Pedersen (Kirk Douglas), a Norwegian physics professor, who, though originally content to wait out the war, is soon pulled into the struggle by local resistance leader Knut Straud (Richard Harris). They are both smuggled to England to have microfilmed plans of the hydroelectric plant examined, and then return to Norway to plan a commando raid. When a force of Royal Engineers, who were to carry it out, are all killed, Pedersen and Straud lead a small force of saboteurs into the plant. The raid is successful, but the Germans quickly repair the equipment. The Germans then plan to ship steel drums of heavy water to Germany. Pedersen and Straud needs to stop the ship before is reaches Germany…

Anthony Mann´s “The Heroes of Telemark” is a visually stunning war epic movie based on real events that quite probably allowed the allies to win World War II. Kirk Douglas and specifically Richard Harris are in great form and the latter show such intensity and power in his role as Knut which adds so much to the film. I love the breathtaking snowy outdoor sequences filmed in Norway that gives authenticity to the film and also creates a great vibe and general feeling to the whole movie. I love as well how intense the acting is in general and how “evil” the germans are portrayed which in return engage you in the heroes mission even more. The film is very nicely shot and many sequences are well made and greatly choreographed. On the minus side is that the characters are not really presented properly and they become a bit as backdrops in all the marvellous scenery and action. I reckon the main characters could´ve been fleshed out a bit. And yes, it does maybe feel a bit silly that these Norwegian heroes speaks british english and american english while we do hear some german every once in a while during the screen time. Then again, what could you expect from a Hollywood war movie made in 1965. But, all in all I really liked this WW II movie which I have wanted to see for a long time. (4 out of 5)

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