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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

Rijk de Gooyer, who plays Gestapo collaborator Breitner, was part of the resistance in the Netherlands during World War II. As a result, he harbored quite some anti-German sentiments towards his fellow actor Reinhard Kolldehoff, who plays Wehrmacht General Geisman. This even went as far as firing a gas pistol next to Kolldehoff's head just before they had a scene together. See more »

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The harbor minesweepers have post-war NATO registration numbers. 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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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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