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

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


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 <>

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Drama | Thriller | War


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Release Date:

16 August 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Soldier of Orange  »

Box Office


NLG 5,000,000 (estimated)

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(archive footage)| (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Although this was the most expensive Dutch film at the time, the budget allowed for only a limited amount of days for filming, especially considering the scope of the production. 18-hour shooting schedules were no exception. The scenes at the German beach party with the tango reportedly took a continuous 36-hour shoot. See more »


The tanks which appear in the Russian scene (1943 or 1944) are Leopard tanks of the Dutch army, first built in 1965. See more »


Colonel Rafelli: [gives Gus a cyanide pill]
Colonel Rafelli: Should anything go wrong, cyanide.
Gus: [joking] What flavor? Orange or lemon?
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A look inside the wartime OSS
15 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

SOLDIER OF ORANGE is a film about a group of friends who encounter the occupation of Holland by the Germans in different ways. The film splits up it's time dealing with the stories of the friends and that of one of them who becomes a high ranking member of the OSS and close political ally to the queen of Holland. The film, set during WW2, is even handed in it's approach. SOLDIER OF ORANGE is a unusual film and was made with a high degree of quality. The film goes for a sense of realism not often seen in cinema, the film,made in Holland is in dutch yet in the sequences in england it is in English. I recommend this film to WW2 buffs and fans of art-house cinema alike. Both groups will be pleased as will foreign film fans who can be assured of finding something worthwhile.

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