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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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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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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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Three Gigantic Flaws in this Movie
21 July 2008 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

This movie has a premise with a lot of potential: a small group of agents has a just 14 hours to get into Amsterdam and take out all the industrial diamonds there. But the movie is ruined by three gigantic flaws.

First, it is incompetently edited. It is obvious that some key scenes were left out and as a result, the plot is hard to follow. For example, at one point the agents go off to visit the mother of one of them. The next time we see them, they are back from the visit and have a new character, Willem, with them. All we get is a one sentence explanation for who he is and why he is with them.

Second, the motivations of the various Dutch army units are baffling and never explained. Some of them help the agents while others try to kill the agents. At some points, different Dutch army units shoot at each other. We are never told why some of them are trying to kill the agents. Are they disloyal soldiers trying to help the Germans? Or do they believe that the agents are working for the Germans? Or do they think the diamonds should stay in Holland even if it is overrun by the Germans? Or do they think the Germans will fail to capture Amsterdam and, thus, it is unnecessary to take the diamonds out?

Third, a group of about a dozen Dutch civilians help the agents get diamonds out of a bank safe and blow up a oil storage facility. It is never explained who these people are. They are not the Dutch underground. That was formed only after the Germans overran Holland; but this movie is set before they'd captured Amsterdam.


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