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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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Huib Rooymans ...
Jan Weinberg
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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 ...
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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 | Thriller | War

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NLG 5,000,000 (estimated)
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In the opening scene, mock newsreel footage shows Queen Wilhelmina (Andrea Domburg) and her aide-de-camp, Erik Lanshof (Rutger Hauer) arriving in the Netherlands after the country's liberation at the end of the Second World War. The footage is intercut with genuine footage, shot by American and Dutch cameramen, of the real Queen Wilhelmina, accompanied by her real aide-de-camp, Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema, the author of the book on which the film is based. To make the mock newsreel appear even more authentic, the filmmakers convinced the man who had done the voiceover work for genuine postwar Dutch newsreels to come out of retirement and provide the voiceover for the opening sequence. The airport being showed is the airport of Teuge (which is still in use today) and is situated between the towns of Apeldoorn and Twello. Near the entrance of the airport is a plaque commemorating the event of the Queen returning to Holland. See more »

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Quotes

Colonel Rafelli: [gives Gus a cyanide pill]
Colonel Rafelli: Should anything go wrong, cyanide.
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Paul Verhoeven's War Movie
1 March 2003 | by (The Hague, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Soldaat van Oranje is Paul Verhoeven's war movie, one that already shows his early leaning towards grungy realism - graphic torture, debased human nature and plenty of bare boobies - which is why it had a pretty mixed reception when it came out here in Holland.

This story is told from the point of view of a number of well to do Leiden University students. For clarification, very few people before the war had the finances to go to university.

Highlighting some now internationally famous Dutch actors - Rutger Hauer, Derek de Lint, Jeroen Krabbé as well as locally known actors like Belinda Meuldijk, Rijk de Gooyer and this is also a showcase of acting talent during the seventies and early eighties. British seventies actors Susan Penhaligon and Edward Fox (A Bridge Too Far) also have interesting performances.

Based on the memoirs of Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema (Erik Lanshof in the movie), this is a reasonably realistic and truthful recounting of war and resistance during world war two. Roelfzema, a genuine war hero, first joined the student resistance, then the SOE, then joined the RAF and finally became an adjudant (aide) to queen Wilhelmina. He is still spritely and alive, living in Hawaii with his English wife.

It is also pretty unique as it features what must be cinema's first and only drive-by-shooting from a bicycle. And one with wooden tires at that. And a great yarn too. It has heroism and cowardice, loyalty and betrayal, relativism, principles and pragmatism. Recommended.


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