Young American Joanne Hunter is stranded in the German-occupied Holland with her Dutch grandparents. The German CO, Captain Kessel begins to wage war on the village's morale, and Joanne's ... See full summary »

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Grandpa Roden
Noley Thornton ...
Joanne Hunter
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Grandma Roden
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Capt. Kessel
Benedick Blythe ...
Lt. Braun
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Paul Petersen
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Dirk Petersen (as Derek De Lint)
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Beatrix Hunter (as Renee Soutendijk)
Huib Broos ...
Jacob
Niven Boyd ...
Sgt. Borken
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2nd Lt. Muller
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Father Hugo (as Frederik De Groot)
Michiel Nooter ...
Frederick
Hidde Maas ...
Dr. Van Renesse
Karin Meerman ...
Mrs. Van Renesse
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Young American Joanne Hunter is stranded in the German-occupied Holland with her Dutch grandparents. The German CO, Captain Kessel begins to wage war on the village's morale, and Joanne's house must quarter another German officer, Lt. Braun, who finds himself torn between his duty and distaste of Kessel's methods. When Kessel threatens the lead statues of 16th-century freedom fighters in the town clock, Joanne and her grandparents rally the villagers to save Kirkendam's "little riders". Written by Kathy Li

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24 March 1996 (USA)  »

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Die kleinen Reiter  »

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Lt. Braun: They send this to me with a letter when she was killed. American bombs.
Joanne Hunter: I'm sorry I said I wanted her to die. I had nothing against her.
Lt. Braun: Only me?
Joanne Hunter: Yes!
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An Absolute Gem!
24 February 2009 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

I saw this back in 1996 and foolishly did not video tape it. Little did I know how great this film was to be. I've been waiting ever since for its return and it seems to have disappeared off the face of the Earth. It's a charming story of an American girl staying in Holland with her grandparents when the Nazis occupy the town and all of Holland. The Germans need lead for weapons and the townsfolk decide to rescue and hide the lead horses which adorn the treasured, ancient town clock. The story is very involving and well directed. The magnificent Paul Scofield leads a very talented cast. If anyone should see and enjoy this film, head to the TCM Website and do a search, and vote to have this gem put on DVD. You won't be sorry.


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