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The Assault (1986)

De aanslag (original title)
In January 1945, during the 2nd world-war, the Dutch resistance kills a collaborator in the street where the 12 year old Anton Steenwijk lives. The man was shot in front of his neighbors ... See full summary »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

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Anton Steenwijk
Marc van Uchelen ...
Young Anton Steenwijk
Monique van de Ven ...
Saskia de Graaff / Truus Coster
John Kraaykamp ...
Cor Takes
Huub van der Lubbe ...
Fake Ploeg
Elly Weller ...
Mrs. Beumer
Ina van der Molen ...
Karin Korteweg
Frans Vorstman ...
Father Steenwijk
Edda Barends ...
Mother Steenwijk
Casper de Boer ...
Peter Steenwijk
Wim de Haas ...
Mr. Korteweg
Hiske van der Linden ...
Young Karin Korteweg
Piet de Wijn ...
Mr. Beumer
Akkemay ...
Sandra
Kees Coolen ...
Gerrit-Jan
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In January 1945, during the 2nd world-war, the Dutch resistance kills a collaborator in the street where the 12 year old Anton Steenwijk lives. The man was shot in front of his neighbors house, but is moved by them to the house of the family Steenwijk. Because of this, his father, mother and brother are killed by the Germans, and their house is set to fire. During his life, Anton meets several people that tell him more about what really happened on the night of the assault. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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6 February 1986 (Netherlands)  »

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$203,781 (USA)
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Trivia

Derek de Lint played in two other Dutch WWII movies, Soldier of Orange (1977) and Black Book (2006). See more »

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Referenced in De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #1.8 (2012) See more »

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Oscar winning Dutch classic
23 December 2004 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Movie based on the famous novel by Harry Mulisch, who also wrote the Discovery of Heaven. In the center is Anton Steenwijk (Derek de Lint), who sees his parents shot and his house burnt after a shooting that killed a collaborator of the German Nazi's in World War II. All his life, Anton is curious about what really happened that night, but when he finds out, will that truly satisfy him?

Interesting story, well played and directed by Rademakers (director of 'Als twee druppels water' and 'Max Havelaar'), which won the 'Best foreign language' Oscar back in 1987. And although some viewers won't like the 'coincidental' ending, it's probably one of the best pictures ever to have come from this country... 7/10.


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