Release date14 April 1967 WriterJulius Mader (report Geheimnis von Huntsville), Harry Thurk, Janos Veiczi ProductionDeutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft CastAlfred Müller (Dr. Grunwald), Leon Niemczyk (Stefan), Dietrich Körner (Raketenbaron), Emil Karewicz (Jerzy), Renate Blume (Ingrid), Ewa Wisniewska (Hanka)
Die gefrorenen Blitze (Frozen Lightning; English-language title: Frozen Flashes; French-language title: Et l'Angleterre sera détruite, England Shall Be Destroyed) is a two-part 1967 East-German film. The plot revolves around the history of the resistance movement in Peenemünde during the Second World War and its attempt to sabotage the V-2 program.
on 5 November 1939, the British consulate in Norway receives the Oslo Report, but the Military Intelligence doubts its veracity. The German research in Peenemünde goes undisturbed from the British. In spite of this, various resistance groups gather information about the site and attempt to hinder the missiles' development, taking great risks.
Part 2: Password Paperclip
After an Allied bombing wreaks great damage in Peenemünde, the local resistance manages to smuggle V-2 parts to Britain, where they would be analyzed by the Allies' technical intelligence. The Allies decide that the genius of the rockets' creator must be exploited by them. As the end of the war looms near, Peenemünde is abandoned. In Los Alamos, a new, deadlier weapon is being developed.
Alfred Müller as Dr. Grunwald
Leon Niemczyk as Stefan
Dietrich Körner as the 'rocket baron' (Wernher von Braun)
Emil Karewicz as Jerzy
Victor Beaumont as chief of British intelligence
Mark Dignam as Sir John
Ewa Wiśniewska as Hanka
Fritz Diez as Adolf Hitler
Mikhail Ulyanov as General Alexander Gorbatov
Gerd Michael Henneberg as Albert Speer
Renate Blume as Ingrid
Werner Lierck as Private First Class Draeger
Georges Aubert as Father Mollard
Reimar Baur John as Dr. Kummerow
John Mercator as Colonel Briggs
Alan Winnington as chief of the reconnaissance
Peter Doherty as squadron commander
Helmut Schreiber as attaché
Jiří Vršťala as Professor Rahn
Steffen Klaus as Colpi
Vera Oelschlegel as secretary
Ingeborg Ottmann as Marianne
Achim Schmidtchen as the Obergruppenführer
Heinrich Narenta as Heinrich Himmler
Hannjo Hasse as SA officer Zech
The work on Die Gefrorene Blitze began already at 1964, and took three years to be completed. Writer Harry Thürk and director János Veiczi conducted extensive research in four countries: the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Poland. The script was mainly based on Dr. Julius Mader's book "Secrets from Huntsville: the True Career of the Rockets Baron Werner von Braun." The producers deemed the film as one that continued the tradition of DEFA's classical antifascist pictures, focusing on the struggle of people from many different countries - including a catholic priest from France, a character whose portrayal as positive was not common in East Germany - to prevent the Nazis from developing long-range missiles. The title was derived from a common sobriquet for the V2 missiles - "Frozen Lightning".
The film was screened outside the competition in the 1969 Cannes Film Festival. It won the Golden Apsara Award in the 1969 Phnom Penh International Film Festival.