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Jan Smit
Eva Bartok ...
Anna
Tony Britton ...
Major Dillon
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Walter Keyser
Malcolm Keen ...
Johan Smit
Christopher Rhodes ...
Alex
Alfred Burke ...
Dealer
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Dutch Lieutenant
Carl Jaffe ...
Diamond Merchant (as Carl Jaffé)
John Horsley ...
Commander Bowerman
Keith Pyott ...
Diamond Merchant
Melvyn Hayes ...
Willem Lubka
Oscar Quitak ...
Diamond Merchant
George Pravda ...
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.

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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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During the agent's drive to the flower market two zebra crossings can be seen. These were not in use in Amsterdam until the 1950s. 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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Watch it again Rickee!
27 May 2009 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

The 'flaws' noted above are not really that serious. Firstly, yes the sudden appearance of Willem suggested a cut scene, a frequent occurrence in many movies, owing to pacing and duration considerations

  • could have been better handled, but it was explained briefly.


Secondly, the various groups of Dutch soldiers, some fighting each other, was fully explained several times in the dialogue - the city has been infiltrated with German fifth columnists, and nobody is sure who is friend or foe! In the battle scene by the canal the late arrivals have been sent by the man at the government department, to help the 'good guys'. Thirdly, you are correct that the OFFICIAL Dutch resistance was not yet organised, but the resistance fighters in the story are early volunteers who are trying to hamper the German occupation of Amsterdam, and will no doubt form the nucleus of the resistance movement that would soon follow. So, you see, not really serious flaws at all!


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