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Soldier of Orange (1977)

Soldaat van Oranje (original title)
During WW2, Dutch students join the resistance movement against the German occupation of the Netherlands.

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Huib Rooymans ...
Jan Weinberg
Dolf de Vries ...
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Robby Froost
Belinda Meuldijk ...
Esther
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Paul Brandenburg ...
SS Lt. Thelen
Ward de Ravet ...
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Bert Struys ...
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Storyline

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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They began and ended with a toast. In between was one hell of a war. See more »

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

This is a true story, but some names of historic persons are changed. For example, Erik Lanshof is actually Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema, and Van der Zanden is actually François van 't Sant. Guus (not Gus) Lejeune is probably B. van der Stok. One of the reasons for the change in names may be that, for clarity and simplicity, the number of characters from the original story were reduced, and as a consequence, some historic actions are ascribed to other people in the movie. So as to acknowledge this deviation from reality, some names may have been altered. See more »

Goofs

The RAF bomber Erik uses is a Mosquito. The Dutch squadrons in the RAF never used the Mosquito. 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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Referenced in Starship Troopers (1997) See more »

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Certainly worth viewing
22 September 2004 | by (Minneapolis, United States) – See all my reviews

This film hit a grand slam by successfully achieving all of the things I hope for in a movie: it entertained me, it educated me, it charmed me, and it provoked me. I have lived in the Netherlands and love the Dutch people, so I was happy to view this film and see many familiar sites and understand some of the Dutch dialogue. It provided me with a sense of deja vu. I also learned things about the Dutch World War II experience that I previously was unaware of. The vast majority of the world only has one thought when it comes to WWII and the Dutch: Anne Frank. It's heartening to watch a film that explores many other facets of the Dutch experience during occupation, and that doesn't promote an all-rosy view wherein everyone is heroic. It is a realistic film that showed the complications of war and occupation, the desire for self-survival, the limits of patriotism, the fragility of war-time romances, and the bravery and sacrifices that some, but not all, are willing to exhibit. My heart was in my throat many times as I wondered what would happen and, although the movie is almost two and a half hours, I was sorry to see it end.


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