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April 9th (2015)

9. april (original title)
On April 9, 1940 Germany invaded Denmark. Based on real events - in Southern Jutland a military unit on bicycles was sent south to help hold back the Germans until reinforcement.

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Roni Ezra

Writer:

Tobias Lindholm
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Cast

Credited cast:
Pilou Asbæk ... Sekondløjtnant Sand
Lars Mikkelsen ... Oberstløjtnant Hintz
Elliott Crosset Hove ... Menig Lassen
Simon Sears ... Kaptajn Holm
Ari Alexander ... Menig Justesen
Lukas Schwarz Thorsteinsson Lukas Schwarz Thorsteinsson ... Signalofficer
Martin Greis-Rosenthal ... Løjtnant Gjermansen (as Martin Greis)
Gustav Dyekjær Giese ... Menig Andersen
Sebastian Bull Sarning ... Menig Lundgren
Joachim Fjelstrup ... Sergent Bundgaard
Morten Hauch-Fausbøll Morten Hauch-Fausbøll ... Major Fladsaa
Jan Dose Jan Dose ... Oberleutnant Becker
Maylenah Carmen Angellina Wiliemsborg ... Gående Kone (as Maylenah Marion Dalgaard)
Michael Brostrup Michael Brostrup ... Oberst Hartz
Mette Munk Plum Mette Munk Plum ... Bondekone
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In the early morning of April 9th 1940 the Danish army is alerted. The Germans have crossed the border; Denmark is at war against Europe's strongest army. In Southern Jutland Danish bicycle- and motorcycle companies are ordered out, to against all odds, hold back the forces until the Danish reinforcements can be mobilized. In the fatal hours, we follow second lieutenant Sand (Pilou Asbæk) and his bicycle company - they will as the first Danish soldiers meet the enemy in combat on April 9th 1940. Written by Nordisk Film Production A/S

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The morning of April 9th, 1940. The operation Weserübung commences. Denmark is at war with the most powerful army in Europe. See more »

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish | German

Release Date:

12 March 2015 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

9 апреля See more »

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$2,102,722
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While a myth persist, that the German invasion of Denmark had been cleared in advance with the Danish government, no historians have ever been able to support that myth with evidence of such an agreement from neither Danish or German archives. See more »

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In the battle of Lundtoftbjerg(1940), a German soldier is equipped with a MG42 machine gun (developed in 1942). See more »

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Authentic historic drama at platoon level
12 March 2015 | by niels-jorgen-16624See all my reviews

An accurate account of some of the skirmishes taking place as German forces crossed into Denmark on 9. April 1940. A sad story about a heavily outnumbered and out-gunned platoon, let down by their politicians and struggling with primitive means to delay the advance of the German army.

The movie successfully conveys the unreal feeling of these soldiers being plummeted into war for unknown reasons and with no proper chance to prepare a defense. Another story about the useless loss of young lives for no good reason. Denmark surrendered after only a few hours, being threatened by German bombers and in no position to give serious resistance. But the few who did fight did so against the worst possible odds, and deserve recognition.


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