Into the WhiteIn the aftermath of a dogfight, two planes are shot down: One German, and one British. Stranded in the remote Norwegian mountains, the survivors take shelter in the same cabin. At first hostile, they learn they must work together to survive, and eventually the men even put aside their differences and begin to form genuine bonds. Based on true events, with the names of the Brits changed.Lachlan Nieboer – Captain Charles P DavenportRupert Grint – Gunner Robert SmithFlorian Lukas – Leutnant Horst SchopisDavid Kross – Unteroffizier Josef SchwartzStig Henrik Hoff – Feldwebel Wolfgang Strunk
Berserk Button: Schwartz flips out and almost shoots Smith after Smith rips a bunch of pages out of his book, but Davenport of all people manages to talk him down.
Broken Heart: Schopis’ wife left him right before the ill-fated mission. Part of the reason why he didn’t turn the plane back is that he hoped to impress her and win her back with a medal.
By The Book: Schopis tries hard to maintain order by officially declaring the Brits prisoners of war, ensuring everyone is in proper military attire while dining, etc. As the movie goes on, relaxes.
Discretion Shot: When Schopis finally swings the axe to amputate Schwartz’s arm, it cuts away, but we still hear the blow.
Enemy Mine: Davenport with Schopis, throughout most of the movie. Also the larger feel of the whole movie.
Family Man: Strunk has a wife and two children back in Germany.
Fanboy: Schwartz waited six hours outside a building so he could get Hitler to sign his copy of Mein Kampf. And reads a bit from it on the first night, when the Germans are in their snow cave. Schopis and Strunk aren’t as enthused.
Fever Dream: As he gets sicker, Schwartz has a bad nightmare that he wakes from screaming. He said he dreamt that the Brits were eating him ((I’m A Humanitarian)) and laughing ((Evil Laughter)).
Heal It With Booze: They try to disinfect Schwartz’s wound with alcohol, and get him drunk before the amputation to numb the pain.
Heel Face Turn: Schopis ends up tossing Schwartz’s copy of Mein Kampf into the fire after the Germans begin to form friendships with the Brits. Then again, he never much seemed to care for it in the first place.
Hermit: Schopis is strongly considering just staying at the cabin and waiting out the war. He feels no real reason to go back.
Hey, It’s That Guy!: You’ll probably recognize Gunner Smith better as Ron Weasley.
Hidden Depths: While at first Strunk is very intimidating, what with the silent looming an all, it turns out he has depths. The book we always see him writing in is actually his sketchbook. He’s a good artist.
Ill Guy: Schwartz got a wound on his arm during the crash, and his condition worsens as they stay in the cabin.
Indiscretion Shot: After the actual amputation, we get to see Schwartz’s severed arm lying in a pool of blood ((Nausea Fuel)). Smith doesn’t deal well with it.
Ironic Echo: Schopis is fond of throwing Davenport’s words back at him, such as when the Brits took control of the cabin. “Under the Geneva Convention…”
I Told You So: Schopis to Davenport when removing one of the structural supports for firewood nearly collapses the roof.
Kick the Dog: On Schopis’ second flight, he was determined to redeem himself for his previous crash, which resulted in men dying. Unfortunately, he crashes all over again, with one man not surviving the crash.
Life or Limb Decision: When Schwartz’s injury worsens and he develops gangrene, they have to amputate to save him.
Near Death Experience: In the beginning, one of the Germans almost falls off a cliff. They end up sacrificing their supplies so they can pull him back up. They all lay in the snow and have a post-crisis giggle.
Northern Lights: They’re in the sky while Smith sings Over the Rainbow.
Posh: Davenport’s accent is upper-class, and from his comment that his mother didn’t cook, his family probably had servants.
Power Play: Davenport and Schopis’ initial struggles for control of the cabin.
Pursue the Dream Job: Strunk really wanted to be an artist, and Smith encourages him to become one once he goes home.
Redemption Shot: Schopis was freed from a prison camp after crashing on his first flight, and swore to redeem himself for the men lost in that crash.
Song: Smith sings Over the Rainbow ((Wizard of Oz)) after revealing that that was how he finally wooed his girl.
Special Skill: Smith is a champion dart-thrower, twice over. He attempts to use this to woo his girl, but she beats him three times. Later, Schopis has him prove it by tossing bullets at Schwartz.
The Big Guy: Strunk.
The Stoic: Strunk, at first. Turns out he’s Not So Stoic.
True Companions: What the men are by the end, with the sub-pairings of /Smith and Strunk/ and /Davenport and Schopis/ especially. The real Schopis met several times with R.T. Partridge (the real man on whom Davenport was based) after the war.
Weak Stomach: Smith gets very nauseous about the amputation. Gets over it long enough to grab Schwartz’s arm and dispose of it in the snow.
Woobie: Schwartz. Survived a plane crash, stuck in the remote wilderness, and injured badly. His fellow soldiers and eventually even the British soldiers (who he feared would kill and eat him) try to take care of him.