When Germany invades Holland in 1940, a British intelligence officer and two Dutch diamond merchants go to Amsterdam to persuade the Dutch diamond merchants to evacuate their diamond supplies to England.

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Jan Smit
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Anna
Tony Britton ...
Major Dillon
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Walter Keyser
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Johan Smit
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Dutch Lieutenant
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Commander Bowerman
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Willem
Christopher Rhodes ...
Alex
Alfred Burke ...
Dealer
Carl Jaffe ...
Diamond Merchant (as Carl Jaffé)
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Diamond Merchant
Oscar Quitak ...
Diamond Merchant
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Portmaster
Arnold Marlé ...
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During WW II, British commandos visit occupied Holland to keep a fortune in diamonds out of Nazi hands. Tense action follows as Anna, Jan and their colleagues play cat and mouse with the Dutch army, knowing that one of their number may be a traitor. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>

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THE BEST KEPT SECRET OF THE WAR... a fortune in diamonds wrested from Hitler's invading armies. See more »

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27 February 1959 (Netherlands)  »

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Operatie Amsterdam  »

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The film opens with the Nazi invasion of Holland on Friday 10th May 1940, Churchill's rise to British Prime Minister the following day, and then the launch of Operation Amsterdam itself on Sunday 12th May. See more »

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When Major Dillon is being chased and shot at by the soldier, the shadow lengths are inconsistent. The chase takes place shortly after the meeting with the diamond merchants (12 noon), yet the shadows cast by the sun are sometimes short (correctly so), and sometimes long (as would be consistent with early morning or late evening). See more »

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The producers are most grateful for the valuable co-operation of the Royal Netherlands navy and the civic authorities of Amsterdam and Ymuiden. See more »

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Well made wartime action story
21 February 2001 | by (Sydney Australia) – See all my reviews

Operation Amsterdam is a pleasant surprise. It has both a strong story and some unusual cinematic touches to keep the viewer interested.

The story of the British secret service agents who are sent to Amsterdam to recover industrial diamonds before the German invasion is a familiar one, and their eventual safe escape is predictable enough.

What interested me was the atmosphere of fear and bleakness that the producers manage to convey. The empty streets, in bright sunlight; the columns of fleeing people; the confusion of not knowing who are enemies or friends, makes for a better than average effects.

Added to this a score made only with drums, and some very abrupt editing that is almost painful to watch, makes this a worthwhile watch.


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