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Soldier of Orange (1977)
"Soldaat van Oranje" (original title)

 -  Drama | Thriller | War  -  16 August 1979 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Susan Penhaligon ...
Susan
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Lex van Delden ...
Nico
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Alex
Huib Rooymans ...
Jan Weinberg
Dolf de Vries ...
Jack Ten Brinck
Eddy Habbema ...
Robby Froost
Belinda Meuldijk ...
Esther
Peter Faber ...
Rijk de Gooyer ...
Gestapo-man Breitner
Paul Brandenburg ...
SS Lt. Thelen
Ward de Ravet ...
Resistance Leader
Bert Struys ...
Resistance Leader
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Drama | Thriller | War

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Release Date:

16 August 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

Actress Andrea Domburg used cotton paddings in her cheeks, just like Marlon Brando had done in The Godfather (1972), to better resemble Queen Wilhelmina. See more »

Goofs

When Guus goes to Holland for the first time to instruct the resistance group, he is walking in the street with his transmitter in a trunk and in the street he passes a window which displays a poster which says "staking brengt alleen ellende over uw eigen volk". This instruction (which Guus gives) in the movie takes place in 1942, but this poster wasn't issued by the Germans before the winter 1944-1945 as it refers to the great train strike in the winter of 44-45. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Rafelli: [gives Gus a cyanide pill]
Colonel Rafelli: Should anything go wrong, cyanide.
Gus: [joking] What flavor? Orange or lemon?
Colonel Rafelli: [humored] Most amusing.
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An exciting, true story
15 January 1999 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

This is the self-penned true story of the Dutch war hero Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema, and his college friends from Leiden who endured the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands and, who eventually, lived to see the Liberation. Some of his friends were not so lucky. The best version of this picture to see is the original version, in Dutch, German and English, with literally-translated subtitles. The dubbed-English version, particularly the one released in the U.S., is HORRIBLE! The most-commonly available subtitled version is one that has only the script of the dubbed version as subtitles, some of which don't make any sense. Beware this version! This is a great film, with stellar performances, most notably those of Rutger Hauer and Jeroen Krabbe'. Derek de Lint (Alex) is also magnificent as the Dutch youth of German descent who joins the SS-volunteers. The scene where Erik and Alex meet by chance at the Scheveningen dance-hall after Alex's return from the Russian front (the tango scene) is wonderfully done! The most touching part is set in May, 1945 at the moment of the Liberation. The part where Queen Wilhelmina steps onto Dutch soil after a five-year absence is an extremely emotional one. Don't miss this film, for it is the best one told about the Dutch view of the war, and will make you shout "Oranje Boven!" even if you aren't Dutch! Highly recommended!!


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