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Soldier of Orange (1977)

Soldaat van Oranje (original title)
This film depicts World War II through the eyes of several Dutch students. It follows them through the beginning of the war, the Nazi occupation and the liberation.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Huib Rooymans ...
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Robby Froost
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Esther
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Gestapo-man Breitner
Paul Brandenburg ...
SS Lt. Thelen
Ward de Ravet ...
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Bert Struys ...
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This film depicts World War II through the eyes of several Dutch students. It follows them through the beginning of the war, the Nazi occupation and the liberation. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

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Release Date:

16 August 1979 (USA)  »

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Soldier of Orange  »

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Budget:

NLG 5,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Prince Bernhard, Prince Consort to the Dutch Queen Juliana, who was inspector general of the Dutch armed forces, was a personal friend of Erik Hazelhof Roelfsma and served as protector of the film. He arranged among other things for the support of the Dutch marines of the production. However, during shooting it was revealed that Prince Bernhard had accepted a $1.1 million bribe from U.S. aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Corporation to influence the Dutch government's purchase of fighter aircraft. The Prince was forced to resign his position as inspector general as a result of this. See more »

Goofs

After the first failed attempt to flee to England where John is captured, Erik meets with Guus and asks Guus to hide him. In the background, Dutch fascists are selling newspapers and shouting, "Russian Front Collapses." Later John is executed and a subtitle tells us the date is April 10, 1941. Germany did not invade Russia until June, 1941 so there was no "Russian Front" before then. See more »

Quotes

Geisman: Did you write that?
Erik Lanshof: Sir, yes sir.
Geisman: What did you write that with?
Erik Lanshof: Sir, with shit, sir.
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Superb dramatization of a dark time in our history.
7 February 2001 | by (Sylvania, Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent adaptation of a true story of university students reacting to World War II. The population of Holland lived a naive existence, believing that they were not involved. When the war came to them, they were horribly naive and unprepared. The only possibility was to work with the resistance. By wars end, only two of the original group (Erik and Jack) were still alive. The whole story is there: danger, how people were forced into collaborating, how others willingly collaborated, torture at the hands of the Gestapo, death the penalty for getting caught, how Erik survived.

The best Verhoeven movie readily available in the USA, what a contrast to the trash he turned out in the 1990s. Hauer is in top form as Erik. Krabbe is excellent as the fraternity president Guus, so in charge of the games at the beginning, so naive as to the reality of their situation at the end. Their friendship was at the core of this film. Their relationship with authority throughout was complex and compelling.

There are two subtitled versions, the original is far the best if you can find it. The other subtitled version available is a version of the dubbing script for the US version for those parochial people who have to have it in English because they can't be bothered to increase their cultural horizon and listen to a movie in its original language. Stay as far away from the dubbed in English version as you can.


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