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The 12th Man (2017)

Den 12. mann (original title)
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They were 12 saboteurs. The Nazis killed 11 of them. This is the true story of the one who got away...

Director:

Harald Zwart

Writer:

Petter Skavlan (as Alex Boe)
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Thomas Gullestad ... Jan Baalsrud
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Kurt Stage
Marie Blokhus Marie Blokhus ... Gudrun Grønvoll
Mads Sjøgård Pettersen ... Marius Grønvoll
Vegar Hoel ... Sigurd Eskeland
Håkon T. Nielsen ... Erik Reichelt
Eirik Risholm Velle Eirik Risholm Velle ... Per Blindheim
Daniel Frikstad Daniel Frikstad ... Gabriel Salvesen
Eric Dirnes Eric Dirnes ... Bjørn Norman Bolstad
Alexander Zwart Alexander Zwart ... Sjur Ludvigsen Trovåg
Torgny Gerhard Aanderaa Torgny Gerhard Aanderaa ... Sverre Odd Kverhellen
Håkon Smeby ... Harald Peter Ratvik
Axel Barø Aasen Axel Barø Aasen ... Frithjof Meyer Haugland
Ole Victor Corral Ole Victor Corral ... Magnus Johan Kvalvik
Kim Jøran Olsen Kim Jøran Olsen ... Nils 'Nigo' Nilsen
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True World War II story about Jan Baalsruds, one of the 12 saboteurs sent in 1943 from England to the Nazi occupied Northern Norway. After their boat is sunk by the Germans, Jan goes on the run towards the neutral Sweden. However, the brutal weather conditions turn out to possibly be an even greater foe than the Nazi patrols.

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Drama | History | Thriller | War

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Norway

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English | Norwegian | German | Saami

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4 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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12-й человек See more »

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Lyngen, Troms, Norway See more »

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Preparing for the role of Jan Baalsrud, Thomas Gullestad practiced looking cold in front of a mirror. After filming, Thomas admitted during a radio interview that it was not necessary. Looking cold came very naturally while filming as it was, in fact, very cold. See more »

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A story of fighting spirit and survival
25 December 2017 | by OJTSee all my reviews

Den 12. mann / 12th man is a different retelling of the story about the flight of Jan Baalsrud, hunted by the Nazi occupants after a sabotage action hiding important papers. The story was told from Baalsrud's angle in the 1957 Academy Award nominee-movie Ni Liv (Nine lives) by director Arne Skouen, This time it's Hollywood director Harald Zwart, known for his comedies and the rather good remake of The Karate Kid, and he has made something he has never done, a survival drama and war film.

And he has succeeded well in telling a story about a hero, which became so due to good helpers in good believing Norwegians, being able to assist him on the two month struggle of a journey through very harsh winter terrain and weather.

The film tells the story of not only Baalsrud, but also the 11 other which were alle killed by the Nazi's, and also tells the story about the survival spirit of a war-occupied country. This film is actually much more accurate than the original 1957-film, and completely differently told, which serves both the story and the film well.

Debuting Thomas Gullestad is amazing in the lead, and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is excellent as the German Kurt Stage. And the rest of the cast does fabulous as well.

Well worth a watch!


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