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The film starts at the Sala front in Finland in 1940.
The 25-year-old Norwegian Max Manus fights as a volunteer
alongside the Finns against the Russian invaders. In March,
the Finns capitulate and Norwegian and Swedish volunteers are sent
home. However the Norwegian contingent is stopped at the
border in the morning of 9th April and told that Hitler has invaded
their country. For many Norwegians this creates confusion. They
have just left a war where the Germans were on their side, but
overnight they are now the enemy. Most of the Norwegian
soldiers cross the border into Norway to fight the invaders. But it
is hopeless, and in June the Norwegian army gives up. As the
Norwegians lays down their weapons, a secret army the resistance
movement is born.
Max Manus starts in the resistance by joining friends printing illegal newspapers.
Later he expands into weapon distribution and minor sabotage actions. But being of a reckless and wild nature he is soon caught. When the Nazi police show up in his apartment he chooses the fastest way out: jumping through the 2nd floor window! Miraculously he survives and wakes up in a hospital bed where he immediately starts planning his escape. Despite the Germans have posted guards outside his room around the clock, he succeeds.
His escape route takes him to England where he goes through
sabotage training with the Free Norwegian Forces. In 1943 he
parachutes over Norway to rejoin the growing resistance
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