Otherwise, forget its inspiration; this is just a roistering wartime tale after the fashion of 'Where Eagles Dare' or 'The Guns Of Navarone'. The first attempt was in October 1942, while the final sabotage on the ferry happened in February 1944. 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. From time to time I find this jarring. 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.
Douglas and Harris discover the route and manage to sink the ferry and its cargo. It was filmed on location in Norway splendidly photographed by Robert Krasker , furthermore in Pinewood Studios. Their mission: to return to Telemark from England and see whether ground invasion is possible--rather than bombing, because the village nearby is heavily populated. The motion picture was well directed by Anthony Mann. Douglas goes back to Norway and with Richard Harris makes several attempts to destroy the water.
Today only the building that contained the hydro water plant still exist, and now houses a museum. For dramatic purposes Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris play amalgams of several different people but the film sticks to the basic facts. British commandos dispatched to destroy the plant are killed when their glider hits the mountainside at night. They then plan to ship tankers of heavy water to Germany. There's plenty of decent tension.
The Heroes of Telemark 1965 Set in German-occupied Norway, this is an embellished account of the remarkable efforts of the Norwegian resistance to sabotage the German development of the atomic bomb. Between 1940 and 1944, a sequence of sabotage actions, by the Norwegian resistance movement—as well as Allied bombing—ensured the destruction of the plant and the loss of the heavy water produced. Harris is the more convincing of the two. The real guys certainly did. Kirk Douglas plays an academic from the University of Oslo who is brought in to help them because he is an expert on atomic science.
Rating: It is 1942 and Norway is under the thumb of the Nazis. They send in separate recommendations, and the air raid. Their assignment results to be to stop the Nazis from developing the atom bomb. Anthony Mann did some great location photography in Norway for this film, shot on the actual sites. While it maintains your interest, it never grips. I toughed it was a very good movie. None of them make any attempts to disguise their accents, which was incredibly distracting.
Colors are favorable but not particularly noteworthy. If you get bored easily during lengthy war dramas, like I do, you might want to watch Catch Me a Spy or Paths of Glory instead. Although often caned for not being truer to the event it presumes to depict, taken as a war movie in its own right, 'Heroes Of Telemark' has plenty to offer. The film is largely procedural in nature, though, in core plot mechanics and character details. The facility remains inactive for two months but the Germans manage to rebuild the tanks and increase production.
As a Norwegian team headed by Straud struggles to stop Nazi science in its tracks, a civilian hostage situation erupts. Using his savor-fare in 'The Heroes of Telemark' he adapted a true story that took place during Germany's invasion of Norway. We must not forget the excellent photography of Robert Krasker, which transports us to Telemark Norway in the comfort of our seats, and also the elegant score by Malcolm Arnold who also composed the music for 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'. The story had previously been made into a film, 1948's Kampen om tungtvannet. The stakes couldn't be higher, but the film could be better. Black levels are fair, only raised a bit here and there. The British work with Norwegian Resistance head Knut Straud Richard Harris and distinguished physicist Dr.
A Norwegian traitor gives away the resistance hideout, and Anna's uncle is killed. Plot feels conventional though loosely based on a true story , and is directed in paint-by-numbers fashion. Rolf Pedersen, a Norwegian science professor who is drawn into the war for some rather ambiguous reasons. In a recent biography of Harris it was reported that he and Harris did not get along at all on this film. Perhaps he had become too used to working on three hour epics El Cid, Fall Of The Roman Empire , and he simply couldn't inject the necessary pace or urgency into a two hour adventure story. The cast are all fine, headed by Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris, more troubling is the overall look of the film.