Opening at the Balboa Theatre Friday, April 8, 2011
3630 Balboa St. (@37th Avenue)
San Francisco, CA 93121
The rousing historical epic tells the true story of one of Europes's most celebrated World War II-era resistance fighters.
Max Manus follows Manus from the outbreak of World War II until the summer of 1945. After fighting against the Russians during the Winter War in Finland, Manus returns to a German-occupied Norway. He joins the resistance movement and becomes one of the most important members of the so-called "Oslo Gang," soon confirming his reputation for audacity by making two daring escapes from German captivity. He eventually reunites with his best friend Gregers Gram in Scotland, where they receive special training as saboteurs with a pan-national resistance movement, after which they are parachuted back to their homeland.
One of the film's most thrilling sequences is a detailed account of the sabotage techniques used to sink a heavily guarded German supply ship in Oslo harbour, an act that leads to severe retaliation from the local Gestapo leader, Siegfred Fehmer.