The Heroes of Telemark (1965)

Set in German-occupied Norway, this is based on the efforts of the Norwegian resistance to sabotage German development of the atomic bomb. Resistance fighter Knut Straud enlists the reluctant physicist Rolf Pedersen in an effort to destroy the German heavy water production plant in rural Telemark. British commandos dispatched to destroy the plant are killed when their glider crashes. A resistance raid ends in the partial destruction of the heavy water but the Germans resume production quickly. Pedersen recommends that the Allies bomb the plant. Straud opposes him to prevent civilian deaths. The air raid takes place, but it fails to destroy the heavy water. The remaining heavy water is loaded onto a ferry for Germany, and the resistance attempt to blow it up. Pedersen boards the ferry to try and minimize civilian deaths. The film closes with resistance members rescuing passengers as the ferry sinks.

  • Anthony Mann
  • Ivan Moffat
  • Ben Barzman
  • Knut Haukelid
themoviedb icon 6.2/10
  • Release Date: 1965-11-22
  • Views: 119
  • Country: GB
  • Language: English | Norsk | Deutsch
  • Runtime: 131

Richard Harris

Knut Straud

Eric Porter


Roy Dotrice


Geoffrey Keen

Gen. Bolt

Kirk Douglas

Dr. Rolf Pedersen

Ulla Jacobsson

Anna Pedersen

Anton Diffring

Major Frick

Mervyn Johns

Col. Wilkinson

Barry Jones

Prof. Logan

Robert Ayres

Gen. Courts

Faith Brook

Woman on Bus

Annette Andre

Girl Student (uncredited)

Karel Stepanek


Gerard Heinz


Russell Waters

Mr. Sandersen
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