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In 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. Davenport
  • Rupert Grint – Gunner Robert Smith
  • Florian Lukas – Leutnant Horst Schopis
  • David Kross – Unteroffizier Josef Schwartz
  • Stig Henrik Hoff – Feldwebel Wolfgang Strunk


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  • 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.
  • The Big Guy: Strunk.
  • By-the-Book Cop: 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.
  • Gory 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • The Hermit: Schopis is strongly considering just staying at the cabin and waiting out the war. He feels no real reason to go back.
  • 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 gets a wound on his arm during the crash, and his condition worsens as they stay in the cabin.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pursue the Dream Job: Strunk really wanted to be an artist, and Smith encourages him to become one once he goes home.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: 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.
  • 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 with Strunk and Davenport with Schopis especially. The real Schopis met several times with R.T. Partridge (the real man on whom Davenport was based) after the war.

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