Nine Lives (1957 film)
Norwegian DVD cover
|Directed by||Arne Skouen|
|Produced by||Arne Skouen|
|Written by||Arne Skouen|
|Distributed by||Louis de Rochemont Associates|
|Running time||96 minutes|
Nine Lives (Norwegian: Ni Liv) is a 1957 Norwegian film about Jan Baalsrud, who was a member of the Norwegian resistance during World War II. In 1943, he participated in an operation to destroy a German air control tower. This mission was compromised when he and his fellow soldiers, seeking a trusted resistance contact, accidentally made contact with a civilian who betrayed them to the Nazis.
In 1958 the film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and was entered into the Cannes Film Fesitival. In 1991 Norwegian television audiences voted it the greatest Norwegian film ever made.
The morning after their blunder, their boat – containing 8 tons of explosives intended to destroy the air control tower – was attacked by a German vessel. The Norwegians destroyed their boat by exploding their payload, and Baalsrud and some other surviving soldiers fled.
They swam ashore in ice cold Arctic waters, and Baalsrud was the only one to escape the Nazi onslaught and, soaking wet and missing one shoe, he escaped up a ravine and shot and killed a Gestapo officer. He evaded capture for roughly two months, suffering from frostbite and snow blindness. He failed in his bid to reach the border of neutral Sweden and threw himself on the mercy of some Norwegian citizens who happened to have access to the Norwegian underground. While hiding in their barn, he amputated a significant number of his own frostbitten toes with an ordinary knife.
These citizens managed to move Baalsrud close to the Swedish border, but were forced to leave him in a snow cave for roughly two weeks before they returned and delivered him to a reindeer herder who finally took him over the frontier to safety.
- Jack Fjeldstad - Jan Baalsrud
- Henny Moan - Agnes
- Alf Malland - Martin
- Joachim Holst-Jensen - Bestefar
- Lydia Opøien - Jordmoren
- Edvard Drabløs - Skolelæreren
- Sverre Hansen - Skomakeren
- Rolf Søder - Sigurd Eskeland
- Ottar Wicklund - Henrik
- Olav Nordrå - Konrad
- Alf Ramsøy - Ivar, kjelketrekker
- Jens Bolling - Alfred, kjelketrekker
- Per Bronken - Ole, kjelketrekker
- Grete Nordrå - Stenografen
- Lillebil Nordrum - Sykepleiersken
- List of submissions to the 30th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
- List of Norwegian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- "The 30th Academy Awards (1958) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
- "Festival de Cannes: Nine Lives". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-02-10.
- "Eventyret om Oppegård (Norwegian)". 2001. Retrieved 2006-07-10.
- Howarth, David (1955). We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance. Collins. ISBN 978-1-59921-063-6. Republished 2007 by the Lyons Press.