Max Manus: Man of War (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Max Manus: Man of War (2008)
  • Rate: 7.4/10 total 10,156 votes 
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | History | War
  • Release Date: 3 September 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 118 min
  • Filming Location: Ardkinglas House, Cairndow, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, UK
  • Budget: NOK 50,000,000(estimated)
  • Stars: Aksel Hennie, Agnes Kittelsen and Nicolai Cleve Broch
  • Original Music By: Trond Bjerknes   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Saboteur | Battle | Cult Favorite | Loss Of Friend | Nazi

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Thomas Nordseth-Tiller  writer

Known Trivia

  • The producers wanted to use members of His Majesty The Kings Guard as Nazi extras due to their marching and military drill skills, however Army and battalion command refused as they didn’t want serving members of the Kings Guard to dress up in Nazi uniform or portray Nazis.
  • Scenes of the parliament building were shot on location and included Nazi-flags and Nazi-banners, displayed for the first time since WWII ended.
  • The scenes with German soldiers were made with over 1800 extras.
  • Holds the record for the most seen Norwegian movie in theaters, with 184,288 admissions in its opening week, overtaking the previous record holder The Kautokeino Rebellion.
  • In the movie, Gregers Gram talks about the idea that someone should make a statue of him, and put it somewhere fancy, like in front of City Hall in Oslo. This is a clever joke, as there really is a statue of Gregers Gram outside Njårdhallen (the Njaard sports hall).
  • The color red is left out of the mise en scene except for blood, the Nazi flag, the Norwegian flag, and some of Tikkens dresses.
  • In one of the scenes, Gregers jokes about his own death by saying “if anything goes wrong this time, please shed a tear for me. And make sure my statue is erected at a suitable place – by the city hall for instance”. This quote is taken from a letter Gregers wrote to Tikken just a few weeks before he died. In 1995 Max was present when a bust of Gregers was erected outside the Njaard hall in Oslo.
  • Siegfried Fehmer’s (Ken Duken) name is never spoken in the movie.
  • Writer Thomas Nordseth-Tiller was diagnosed with cancer shortly after the Norwegian premiere in December of 2008. He died on the 12th of May, 2009, at the age of 28.
  • Norway’s official submission to 82nd Academy Award’s Foreign Language in 2010.

Goofs: Anachronisms: The German soldiers play The Badenweiler March while marching down Karl Johans Gate in June 1940. But in the summer of 1939, Germany's Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels signed a police order, forbidding this March to be played except at functions attended by Adolf Hitler, and only in his presence. However, Hitler is not present here, and whoever was responsible would have to pay a fine or go to jail.

Plot: The true story about one of the most brilliant saboteurs during World War II and his battle to overcome his inner demons.  »

Story: The true story about one of the most brilliant saboteurs during World War II and his battle to overcome his inner demons.

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Produced By:

  • Jonas Allen known as co-producer
  • Petter J. Borgli known as supervising producer
  • Peter Bose known as co-producer
  • Marcus B. Brodersen known as post-production producer
  • Sveinung Golimo known as producer
  • John M. Jacobsen known as producer
  • Jan Eirik Langoen known as line producer
  • Thomas Nordseth-Tiller known as co-producer
  • Rudi Teichmann known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Aksel Hennie known as Max Manus
  • Agnes Kittelsen known as Ida Nikoline 'Tikken' Lindebrække
  • Nicolai Cleve Broch known as Gregers Gram
  • Ken Duken known as Siegfried Fehmer
  • Christian Rubeck known as Kolbein Lauring
  • Knut Joner known as Gunnar Sønsteby
  • Mats Eldøen known as Edvard Tallaksen (as Mads Eldøen)
  • Kyrre Haugen Sydness known as Jens Christian Hauge
  • Viktoria Winge known as Solveig Johnsrud
  • Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen known as Roy Nilsen
  • Jakob Oftebro known as Lars Emil Erichsen
  • Petter Næss known as Kapt Martin Linge
  • Ron Donachie known as Colonel J.S. Wilson
  • Stig Henrik Hoff known as Politikapt Eilertsen
  • Oliver Stokowski known as Höhler
  • Eirik Evjen known as Sigurd Jacobsen
  • Kjersti Holmen known as Fru Jacobsen
  • Julia Bache-Wiig known as Sykesøster Liv
  • Stig Hoffmeyer known as Kong Haakon
  • Rolf Kristian Larsen known as Olav
  • Erik Hivju known as Dr. Nordlie
  • Knut Husebø known as Doktor Carl Semb
  • Sondre Krogtoft Larsen known as Dick Henriksen (as Sondre Krogtoft)
  • Erik Aleksander Schjerven known as Jon Hatland
  • Jeppe Laursen known as Per Thorsen
  • Nils Düwell known as German Officer
  • Patrick Güldenberg known as German Navy Soldier
  • Kimmo Rajala known as Finnish soldier
  • Jens Neumann known as Officer 1
  • Maxim Volchek
  • Andreas Heise
  • Julia Thurnau
  • Brandolf Brandt
  • Bartek Kaminski
  • Stian Dahlslett
  • Benedicte Langseth
  • Brandölf Brandt
  • Hans Thomas Holm known as Officer 2
  • Henrik Horge known as Police officer
  • Benedicte Langsth
  • Lise Risom Olsen known as Tyskertøs
  • Christoffer Elisenberg known as Worker (uncredited)
  • Alan Marsh known as Walk On (uncredited)
  • Fredrik Nielsen known as Worker (uncredited)
  • Adam Smith known as Army Corporal (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Michelle Johansson known as special makeup effects artist
  • Ana Oria known as set makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Christine Bozenski known as props
  • Moley Campbell known as art director: Scotland
  • Morten Hansen known as assistant props
  • Anders Lunde known as property master
  • Olivier Marcouiller known as scenic artist
  • Tord Moberg known as carpenter
  • Tord Moberg known as props
  • Thomas Nes known as props
  • Kathrine Solhoff known as decorator painter
  • Caroline Størmer known as set dresser


Production Companies:

  • B&T Film
  • Filmkameratene A/S
  • Miso Film
  • Roenbergfilm
  • Norsk Filminstitutt
  • Det Danske Filminstitut
  • Nordic Film och TV Fund
  • Eurimages Council of Europe

Other Companies:

  • CinePostproduction  film lab
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Hobbart & Hobbart  talent agency
  • MovieScore Media  soundtrack


  • Music Box Films (2011) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Nordisk Film Biografdistribution (2008) (Denmark) (theatrical)
  • Nordisk Film (2009) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Revolver Entertainment (2009) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Alberto Bitelli Intl. Films (2009) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Capelight Pictures (2009) (Germany) (all media)
  • D Films (2010) (USA) (all media)
  • Indies Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (retail)
  • Movie Bank (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (rental)
  • Music Box Films Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD)
  • Nordisk Film (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Nordisk Film (2009) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Revolver Entertainment (2009) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Showgate (2009) (Japan) (all media)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2010) (Canada) (DVD)

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Special Effects:

  • Dansk Speciel Effekt Service
  • Fiksern as
  • Storm Studio

Visual Effects by:

  • Martin Andersson known as animator
  • Fredrik Arntzen known as render technical director
  • Anne Kristin Berge known as digital matter painter
  • Christer Bjørklund known as modelling lead: Gimpville AS
  • Matthew Bristowe known as digital lab producer: MPC
  • Marcus B. Brodersen known as visual effects producer
  • Ragnar Brynjúlfsson known as tech support
  • James Cundill known as IQ operator: MPC
  • Colin Doncaster known as cg supervisor
  • Einar Dunsæd known as animation: Gimpville AS
  • Thomas Døhlen known as 3d-gimp: Gimpville AS
  • Emilia Gustafsson known as rotoscope artist: Gimpville AS
  • Patrick Hanevold known as software developer
  • Lars Erik Hansen known as visual effects producer
  • Kjetil Haugen known as RED Operator
  • Daniel Flehner Heen known as animator
  • Kristin Hellebust known as visual effects producer
  • Aksel Jermstad known as visual effects artist
  • Tom Joelsen known as production manager: visual effects
  • Bryan Jones known as visual effects supervisor: Storm Studios
  • Henrik Karlsson known as visual effects artist
  • Samuel Karlsson known as compositor
  • Samuel Karlsson known as modeler
  • Hans Jørgen Kjærnet known as lead render technical director
  • Christian Korhonen known as special visual effects: Gimpville AS
  • Kjetil Kulander known as animation: Gimpville AS
  • Oystein Larsen known as visual effects supervisor
  • Nikolai Lockertsen known as digital matter painter
  • Begoña Lopez known as digital lab producer: MPC
  • Andreas Lønø known as 3d-gimp: Gimpville AS
  • Alf Martin Løvvold known as animatics artist: Gimpville AS
  • Morten Moen known as compositor
  • Sindre Nauff known as tech support
  • Espen Nordahl known as render technical director
  • Espen Nordahl known as texture painter
  • Per Johan Næsje known as photographer: visual effects camera
  • Magnus Pettersson known as visual effects artist
  • Torgeir Sanders known as 3d-gimp: Gimpville AS
  • Espen Schei known as modeler
  • Endre Skandfer known as designer: visual effects
  • Espen Skjørdal known as online editor
  • Olav Skogøy known as photographer: visual effects camera
  • Jan Svalland known as lead digital compositor: Gimpville AS
  • Otto Thorbjørnsen known as compositor
  • Elena Topouzoglou known as rotoscope artist
  • Pat Wintersgill known as on-line editor
  • Erik Ødegård known as texture painter
  • Monica Østbø Østgård known as production assistant: visual effects

Release Date:

  • Norway 19 December 2008
  • Sweden 19 March 2009 (Norska Filmdagar)
  • Sweden 15 May 2009
  • UK 5 June 2009 (London)
  • UK 15 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Indonesia 17 September 2009
  • Canada 18 September 2009 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Germany 26 September 2009 (Hamburg Film Festival)
  • USA October 2009 (Hamptons International Film Festival)
  • Hungary 3 December 2009
  • Sweden January 2010 (Göteborg International Film Festival)
  • USA January 2010 (Palm Springs International Film Festival)
  • Denmark 8 January 2010
  • Germany 11 February 2010
  • Canada 2 April 2010 (limited)
  • Netherlands 3 August 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • USA 3 September 2010


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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