Max Manus: Man of War

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Max Manus: Man of War
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Film poster
Country NOR.jpg Norway
DEN.jpg Denmark
Directed by Joachim Rønning
Espen Sandberg
Release Date 2008
Language Norwegian
Studio Norsk Filminstitutt
Det Danske Filminstitut
Main Cast
Character Actor
Max Manus Aksel Hennie
Gregers Gram Nicolai Cleve Broch
Kolbein Lauring Christian Rubeck
Sigfried Fehmer Ken Duken
Lars Emil Erichsen Jakob Oftebro
Gunnar Sønsteby Knut Joner
Edvard Tallaksen Mats Eldøen

Max Manus: Man of War (Max Manus) is a 2008 Norwegian war film directed by the directing team of Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg starring Aksel Hennie, Agnes Kittelsen, and Nicolai Cleve Broch. It is about the exploits of celebrated Norwegian resistance fighter Max Manus, based on his own memoirs. At the time of filming, it was the most expensive entirely Norwegian film of all time.

SPOILERS.jpg WARNING! Important plot points may be in the subtitles!

The following guns were used in the film Max Manus: Man of War (2008):



Colt Model 1903/1908 Pocket Hammerless

Max Manus (Aksel Hennie) and Kolbein Lauring (Christian Rubeck) carry Colt Model 1903/1908 Pocket Hammerless pistols. Gregers Gram's (Nicolai Cleve Broch) Walther PP turns into a Pocket Hammerless in a continuity error.

Colt 1903 Hammerless with Colt Wood Grips - .32 ACP
Max with his Pocket Hammerless.
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Gregers and Edvard fire at Gestapo agents and German troops.

FN Browning M1903

Max and Lars Emil Erichsen (Jakob Oftebro) are seen with FN Browning 1903 pistols.

FN Browning Model 1903 Pocket - 9 x 20mm Browning Long
Lars Emil (left) with his FN Browning 1903.
Max turns over his sidearm before he visits Siegfried Fehmer in his cell.

Walther PP

Gregers and SS officer Höhler (Oliver Stokowski) are seen with Walther PP pistols.

Walther PP Pistol - .32 ACP
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FN Model 1910

Edvard Tallaksen (Mats Eldøen) carries a FN Model 1910 throughout the film.

FN Model 1910 .380 ACP
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Luger P08

Norwegian police are seen with Luger P08 pistols.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
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Colt M1911

A Norwegian policeman pistol-whips Max with a Colt M1911.

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
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Mauser C96

A German officer is administers a coup de grâce to executed suspects with a Mauser C96.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
The German officer with his C96. His holster appears to be for a different pistol, however.

Submachine Guns

Sten Mk II

The Sten Mk II is the most common SMG in the film, with both types of stocks.

Sten Mk II - 9x19mm
Max with his Sten after parachuting back into Norway.
A Sten as part of the supply drop.
Gregers with his Sten during the first raid on the shipyard.
Max with a stockless Sten in a shoulder rig.
Max fires at pursuers thanks to his shoulder rig.
Max with a Sten while acting as the King's bodyguard during the victory parade.

Sten Mk III

Max and Kolbein are both seen with Sten Mk IIIs.

Sten Mk III - 9x19mm
Kolbein cleaning his Sten.
Max with his Sten during the crackdown.


German troops are armed with MP40s.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
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Suomi KP/-31

Max is armed with a Suomi KP/-31 during his flashbacks to his time fighting for Finland in the Winter War.

Suomi KP/-31 - 9x19mm Parabellum
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The shell casings appear to be 7.62x25mm Tokarev shell casings. This would be a goof, as his Suomi is chambered in 9mm Parabellum.
His Suomi appears to be equipped with a 50-round "coffin" magazine.

Thompson M1928

Gunnar Sønsteby (Knut Joner) is armed with a Thompson M1928 during the victory parade.

M1928 "Tommy Gun" or "Chicago typewriter" with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
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Double Barreled Shotgun

Max is seen with Double Barreled Shotguns during scenes in both Norway and in Scotland.

J. Stevens and Company Side by Side Shotgun (Circa 1878) exposed hammers and designed to fire Black Powder shotgun shells - 12 Gauge
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Karabiner 98k

German troops are armed with Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German firing squad shoots suspected resistance fighters.
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Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I

Gregers and other Norwegian resistance fighters carry Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I rifles when they are decorated by King Haakon VII.

Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I - .303 British
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Machine Guns


German troops are armed with MG34 machine guns.

MG34 with front and rear sights folded down - 7.92x57mm Mauser
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Maxim M/09-21

Soviet troops are seen using a Maxim M/09-21 in Max's Winter War flashbacks.

Maxim M/09-21 - 7.62x54mmR
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The Soviets stop firing to reload, giving Max an opportunity.
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StuG III Ausf. G

A StuG III Ausf. G is seen at the shipyard. This may be the same StuG III Ausf. G seen in Band of Brothers and Mr. Bean's Holiday.

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Hotchkiss H39

A Hotchkiss H39 is seen at the shipyard. These French tanks were appropriated by the Germans after the fall of France.

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Rigid Limpet Mines

Max and his cell are seen training with, and then using British issued rigid limpet mines.

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Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife

In an effort to avoid reprisals against the civilian population, Max and his cell try to disguise their work as the work of British Commandos. They attach a note with a Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife.

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Dart pistol

Max and his cell goof off with a break action dart pistol.

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