The King's Choice

The King's Choice

Erik Poppe (2016)

12 Certificate


Our Score
This is the story of Norway's King Haakon VII (Jesper Christensen) and how he stepped beyond his ceremonial duties to steer his country's future in the face of advancing Nazi forces. The corridors and palaces of power are brought to visually sumptuous life by director Erik Poppe. But while his film may be a feast for the eyes, it does nothing for the pulse, as the events of 1940 unfold in long, talky scenes that fail to convey the gravity of the situation. Christensen is wonderful to watch as the king, a man used to merely being there for show but now forced to make a stand, and his scenes with his impetuous son (Anders Baasmo Christiansen) have more of an impact than the rare, and poorly executed, moments of combat. The King's Choice is an informative history lesson with some emotional high points, but it lacks the tension to do justice to the real-life events.


With the German army advancing on Norway, King Haakon VII faces a decision that will change his country forever. Historical drama, starring Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen and Karl Markovics. In Norwegian, Danish and German.

Cast & Crew

King Haakon VII Jesper Christensen
Crown Prince Olav Anders Baasmo Christiansen
Curt Bräuer Karl Markovics
Crown Princess Martha Tuva Novotny
Anna Elisabeth Bräuer Katharina Schüttler
Diana Müller Juliane Köhler
Colonel Birger Eriksen Erik Hivju
Director Erik Poppe
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Other Information

Language: Norwegian, German, Danish, Swedish +subtitlesColourGuidance: ViolenceAvailable on: DVD