The king's choice

The king's choice

DVD - 2017 | Norwegian
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On the ninth of April 1940, the German war machine arrive in the city of Oslo. The Norwegian King faces a choice that will change his country forever.
Publisher: Culver City, California : Samuel Goldwyn Films, [2017]
Edition: Widescreen version.
Copyright Date: ©2016
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (133 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm
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Jun 02, 2019

This is a total piffle of a movie. I can't imagine how anyone would care about some spoiled royalty making inconsequential decisions. Since the Norwegian "royalty" does not need to worry about their fates (always guaranteed) and their decision only has slight moral affect, why should the Germans care one way or another. In this case they didn't.

Mar 14, 2019

Grim and ominous (exactly as those times were), and slow-paced, but so well put together! Among other things, helps to understand the hard choices people had to make, as well as the origin of the word "quisling."

Oct 06, 2018

I agree with the other comments and thanks for taking the time to leave such thoughtful KCLS Patron Reviews. The film is a cinema masterpiece!! Beautifully realized from the first to last frame of the film. Compelling characters that grip you as they try to all make the correct decisions for themselves and their country of Norway. Hail a great movie!

Oct 03, 2018

I agree with the other comments. You think this sounds boring? It's as taut & tense as any fictional thriller.

Aug 14, 2018

One of the best WWII movies I've seen: three tense days in Norway as King Haakon, the Cabinet, and the people decide whether to surrender to the invading Germans or stand their ground and fight. Well-paced with solid acting. Does a great job of showing the tight-knit royal family fleeing from farm to farm as they sprint north and the family's weighing of options; in parallel, also shows the increasingly desperate attempts of the local German envoy as he seeks a surrender under the guise of an English invasion (!) while dealing with the newly arrived Nazis. There is a touching scene with very young cadets defending the Midtskogen roadblock against the much larger German force. I especially liked Colonel Birger Eriksen, who knows the local waters and deduces that the darkened ships sailing in are not friendly; he makes his own defensive decision without orders from Oslo.

Jun 12, 2018

Very good film. Done with great sensitivity. Having spent considerable time in Norway, including most of the locations named, the film made a very strong and true connection with me. Clearly shows the enormous pride that Norwegians have in their country, and the loyalty displayed by their chosen king (originally from Denmark).

May 12, 2018

During WWII, the King of Norway had to choose between surrendering the country to Hitler or to support the opposition of Norway to the German Nazi government. Hitler wanted him to surrender the country to Norway's fascist leader Quisling, after which Norway would then support the Nazis like the Vichy government of France. The King's choice would be one of the hardest that a country's leader could ever make.

Apr 22, 2018

Erik Poppe’s big screen war epic is a masterful blend of sound and image which never overpowers the quieter, human elements at its core. Wintry scenes filmed in bleak washed-out shades are accented by a rousing soundtrack of chorales and tense strings (or heavy silences) while ground and air skirmishes, already frightening in their ferocity, are further punctuated by nearly subsonic jolts—indeed, Poppe films harrowing scenes of low-altitude bombing runs as if the planes had just flown straight out of Armageddon itself. But stellar cast and CGI effects aside, the film ultimately rests on the shoulders of Karl Markovics and Jesper Christensen who, in the roles of German envoy and Norwegian king respectively, put in outstanding performances as two men bound by duty yet horrified by the responsibility handed to them. Truly deserving of every award it has received, this is what filmmaking on a grand scale looks like.

Feb 02, 2018

Interesting film about Norwegian King Hakon VII and his choice during WWII – to either accept German control over Norway with local fascist Quisling as the ruling leader or not. I do not know much about Scandinavian history and politics during WWII. Hakon became King of Norway I 1905 after the dissolution of the Norwegian/Swedish union. Hakon’s brother was King of Denmark at the time and the DVD starts with Denmark ceding to Nazi Germany in 1940. Germany wanted Norway because of its Atlantic coastal territory (wanting a land base to reach England) and for its iron ore. Norway has an elected monarchy and a democratic government with a parliament. The DVD starts with the prime minister resigning and the parliament doing nothing as Germany starts bombing Norway. Not understanding the monarchical government (personally) what does the King do when the government will not function and he only has titular capacity for running the country? I recently borrowed 2 other DVDs Max Manus (about the Norwegian resistance movement during WWII) and The Heavy Water War (about Norway’s production of heavy water which Germany wanted control of in order to produce atomic bombs) both are good DVDs. After watching those films, I was uncertain about Norway’s king – did he just leave the country when life got too difficult/complicated during WWII? Watch this film for a good overview of the King’s actions during that time era. The film won the Best Picture in 2016 at the Amanda awards (Norwegian Oscars).

Dec 28, 2017

Even though I knew the history of the Nazi invasion of Norway, I found myself watching in suspense. This is an amazingly good film. You see the horrible responsibility placed upon King Haakon VII regarding the lives of his people and the existence of Norway as an independent democratic country. As a rare ELECTED monarch, the King owed his existence as ruler to the people of Norway. Would he allow the Germans to appoint the new prime minister and surrender his country to the Nazis? I kept waiting to see Quisling - a name which is now synonymous with traitor. I believe what the film makers did with his character was absolutely terrific and an excellent choice!!! See this great Norwegian film!!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

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