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 (Series Cast Summary - 14 of 45)

Jeroen Krabbé ... Willem van Oranje (10 episodes, 1984)
Willem Nijholt ... Philips II / ... (10 episodes, 1984)
Alex Wilequet ... Aerschot (9 episodes, 1984)
André van den Heuvel ... Alva (8 episodes, 1984)
Oswald Versyp ... Berlaymont (8 episodes, 1984)
Ellen Vogel ... Juliana van Stolberg (7 episodes, 1984)

Hans Dagelet ... Lodewijk van Nassau-Dillenburg (7 episodes, 1984)
Ramses Shaffy ... Egmond (6 episodes, 1984)
Siem Vroom ... Granvelle (6 episodes, 1984)
Jacky Morel ... Hoorne (6 episodes, 1984)
Linda van Dyck ... Anna van Saksen (6 episodes, 1984)
Frans Koppers ... Brederode (5 episodes, 1984)
Henk Rigters ... Paulus Buys (5 episodes, 1984)

Bram van der Vlugt ... Marnix van St. Aldegonde (5 episodes, 1984)

Series Directed by
Walter van der Kamp (10 episodes, 1984)
Series Writing credits
Walter van der Kamp (10 episodes, 1984)

Series Produced by
Wim Bergers .... line producer (10 episodes, 1984)
Betty Drees .... line producer (10 episodes, 1984)
Wim Leeuwenkamp .... line producer / producer (10 episodes, 1984)
Eric Pertz .... line producer (10 episodes, 1984)
Hubert Pouliart .... line producer (10 episodes, 1984)
Series Original Music by
Tonny Eyk (10 episodes, 1984)
Series Film Editing by
Roger In 't Ven (10 episodes, 1984)
Dick Verkerke (10 episodes, 1984)
Series Set Decoration by
Martin Does (10 episodes, 1984)
Rolf Kok (10 episodes, 1984)
Rob Rijksen (10 episodes, 1984)
Johan Van Essche (10 episodes, 1984)
Patrick Van Raemdonck (10 episodes, 1984)
Series Costume Design by
Yan Tax (10 episodes, 1984)
Series Makeup Department
Winnie Gallis .... key makeup artist (10 episodes, 1984)
Dick Naastepad .... makeup artist (10 episodes, 1984)
Nora Puttemans .... makeup artist (10 episodes, 1984)
Egon Schindler .... hair stylist (10 episodes, 1984)
Eddy Servaes .... makeup artist (10 episodes, 1984)
Luk Van Cleemput .... assistant hair stylist / assistant makeup artist (10 episodes, 1984)
Arjen Van Der Grijn .... makeup artist (10 episodes, 1984)
Henk van der Putten .... makeup artist (10 episodes, 1984)
Series Production Management
Jan Bauwens .... production manager (10 episodes, 1984)
Wim de Graaff .... unit manager (10 episodes, 1984)
Henk Lokman .... production manager (10 episodes, 1984)
Herman Ottink .... production supervisor (10 episodes, 1984)
John Ros .... unit manager (10 episodes, 1984)
Guido Vermeiren .... unit manager (10 episodes, 1984)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leo van der Goot .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1984)
Marianne van Wijnkoop .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1984)
Series Art Department
Roger Ameys .... carpenter (10 episodes, 1984)
Ben Buys .... set dresser (10 episodes, 1984)
Erik Cansse .... carpenter (10 episodes, 1984)
Chris de Brueys .... set dresser (10 episodes, 1984)
George de Grave .... carpenter (10 episodes, 1984)
Rinze de Ruiter .... set dresser (10 episodes, 1984)
Marcel Delsoir .... carpenter (10 episodes, 1984)
Peter Gabriëlse .... set designer (10 episodes, 1984)
Christian Gahy .... carpenter (10 episodes, 1984)
Dolf Kuler .... set dresser (10 episodes, 1984)
Bert Menting .... set dresser (10 episodes, 1984)
Jaap van Asselt .... set dresser (10 episodes, 1984)
Jan van de Linden .... set dresser (10 episodes, 1984)
Jan van de Poel .... set dresser (10 episodes, 1984)
Theun Van de Woestijne .... set designer (10 episodes, 1984)
Piet van der Grift .... set dresser (10 episodes, 1984)
Johan Van Essche .... property master (10 episodes, 1984)
Kees van Huik .... set dresser (10 episodes, 1984)
Patrick Van Raemdonck .... property master (10 episodes, 1984)
Jan Wouda .... set dresser (10 episodes, 1984)
Series Sound Department
Truus Burgers .... sound assistant (10 episodes, 1984)
Frans de Rijken .... sound (10 episodes, 1984)
Jef De Troyer .... sound assistant (10 episodes, 1984)
Fernand Holthof .... sound (10 episodes, 1984)
Rob Philippo .... sound assistant (10 episodes, 1984)
Rodi Roeters .... sound (10 episodes, 1984)
Felix Verschaeren .... sound assistant (10 episodes, 1984)
Series Special Effects by
Harry Wiesenhaan .... special effects (10 episodes, 1984)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Berghman .... lighting technician (10 episodes, 1984)
Jan Bollebakker .... camera operator (10 episodes, 1984)
Frank Enkelaar .... first assistant camera (10 episodes, 1984)
Dick Horsman .... lighting design (10 episodes, 1984)
Willy Ivens .... lighting technician (10 episodes, 1984)
Werner Kriboo .... first assistant camera (10 episodes, 1984)
Ken Lee .... camera operator (10 episodes, 1984)
Ludo Michielsen .... camera operator (10 episodes, 1984)
Ram Soekhoe .... camera operator (10 episodes, 1984)
Theo Spooren .... lighting technician (10 episodes, 1984)
Staf Van den Berg .... camera operator (10 episodes, 1984)
Hans van den Heuvel .... camera operator (10 episodes, 1984)
Theo van Dijk .... lighting technician (10 episodes, 1984)
Jules Van Riet .... lighting technician (10 episodes, 1984)
Raymond Veeckmans .... lighting technician (10 episodes, 1984)
Gilvert Verbelen .... lighting technician (10 episodes, 1984)
Jaak Vulsteke .... lighting technician (10 episodes, 1984)
René Wouters .... camera operator (10 episodes, 1984)
Ron Zirkzee .... grip (10 episodes, 1984)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julia Cammans .... costumer (10 episodes, 1984)
Paula de Maeyer .... costumer (10 episodes, 1984)
Micheline De Schuteneer .... costumer (10 episodes, 1984)
Lieve De Vuyst .... costumer (10 episodes, 1984)
Bertha den Hondt .... costumer (10 episodes, 1984)
Herti Hart .... costumer (10 episodes, 1984)
Mieke Lauwers .... costume supervisor (10 episodes, 1984)
Greetje Meyer .... costumer (10 episodes, 1984)
Tine van de Poll .... costumer (10 episodes, 1984)
Rit Verbeelen .... costume supervisor (10 episodes, 1984)
Jel Vleer .... costumer (10 episodes, 1984)
Series Music Department
Herman Ottink .... music supervisor (10 episodes, 1984)
Jan Stulen .... conductor (10 episodes, 1984)
Series Other crew
Thijs Bakker .... production assistant (10 episodes, 1984)
Greta Bodson .... production secretary (10 episodes, 1984)
Freddy Courteaux .... production assistant (10 episodes, 1984)
Edward De Maesschalck .... advisor (10 episodes, 1984)
Jolanda Drion .... production assistant (10 episodes, 1984)
Gerard Eype .... production assistant (10 episodes, 1984)
G. Janssens .... advisor (10 episodes, 1984)
Joël Maenhout .... production assistant (10 episodes, 1984)
Luc Mannaert .... production assistant (10 episodes, 1984)
Arthur Oliemans .... production accountant (10 episodes, 1984)
Sandra Staf .... production secretary (10 episodes, 1984)
Annie van den Vorstenbosch .... prompter (10 episodes, 1984)
Danny van der Wilt .... stage manager (10 episodes, 1984)
Jan van der Wilt .... stage manager (10 episodes, 1984)
R. van Roosbroeck .... advisor (10 episodes, 1984)
Albert Verluyten .... production assistant (10 episodes, 1984)
J.J. Woltjer .... advisor (10 episodes, 1984)

Production Companies

Additional Details

438 min
Sound Mix:
Stereo (hi-fi) | Mono (hi-fi)

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Jeroen Krabbé had his head shaved completely bald in order to wear seven different hairpieces representing different ages between 18 and 51. He had 16 different costumes to wear during the series.See more »
Willem van der Mark, Admiraal Lumey:In the name of Orange, open the gate!See more »
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Keep a history book (or Wiki) handy, 2 January 2009
Author: Chip_douglas from Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands

1984 was the 400th anniversary of the death of Willem van Oranje (or William of Orange as Elizabeth I called him), 'father' of the Netherlands from whom the Royal family is descended and in accordance the entire year was hailed as the 'Year of Orange'. As part of this celebration, a massive mini-series was produced starring our own Jeroen Krabbé as Willem de Zwijger and co-starring just about every serious Dutch actor working at the time, as well as a host of Belgian thespians. You see, the series was such a costly affair that a single Omroep couldn't fathom the costs, so AVRO & Veronica television teamed up with the Belgian BRT to create this 10 part extravaganza.

Director Walter van der Kamp, no stranger to long-winded mini-series (having directed "De Stille Kracht" and "Hollands Glorie" in the seventies) also provided the screenplay which unfortunately reads like a history book. Nearly every line uttered is exposition. If people aren't talking about historic events, they are explaining how they are related to one another or telling each other how long it's been since they last met. The series covers the entire life of the Prince of Orange, beginning with a brief look at his murder, before going back to his childhood and working chronologically from there on. Jeroen Krabbe's son Jasper portrays young Willem for a couple of scenes before his dad takes over, playing the part from an 18 year old till his death at 51 (though he is made up to look older, but I guess people aged faster in those days). His three wives and 13 children are all present and accounted for, the eldest being played by another one Jeroen's boys, Martijn Krabbé, before he became a TV presenter.

At the time there were protests from supporters of the house of Orange who disapproved of seeing the greatest Orange of all portrayed as a man who loved to party and drink (in his youth at least). Looking at back at the series now it is hard to believe they made such a fuss, for Willem is practically presented as a saint, always respectful of his enemies, merciful to those who do him wrong and (in later years) constantly accompanied by his dog Koense. It is a testimony to Jeroen Krabbés charisma (as well as his soothing voice) that he manages to carry the entire series playing such a noble character, for everybody knows that playing the villain is much more interesting. Indeed, Willem Nijholt chews the scenery with great relish playing Filips II, ruler of Spain and Willem's greatest adversary.

As was to be expected on a period piece such as this, the costumes and scenery are exquisite. The costume traveled all over Europe to acquire (or hire) up to 3000 different costumes. There could never have been a budget big enough to film all the ground and sea battles fought between the armies of Orange vs the Spaniards. We are after all talking about the Tachtigjarige Oorlog (80 years of war) here. So most of these are only talked about by characters after they have happened. On some occasions glimpses of the aftermath are shown. All of this is accompanied by a very dramatic score composed by Tony Eyck, who unfortunately didn't come up with a memorable main theme, but did find imaginative ways to incorporate the Dutch anthem 'Wilhelmus'. Of course the Wilhelmus only pops up in the series when it becomes historically justified, i.e. after it was written by Orange's trusted friend Marnix (played here by Bram van der Vlugt).

Despite the aforementioned information heavy script, it is still very difficult to keep up with all the different characters that are introduced only to kick the bucket a few scenes later. This is especially true of the 2005 DVD version, which for some reason has been reedited and shortened a great deal. Instead of 10 episodes, the DVD features 5 installments each running around 1 hour and 25 minutes. In this new version, a lot of scenes are edited extremely tightly. Settings switch from one country to another without giving characters a chance to catch their breath. You sometimes get the feeling people are getting cut off in the middle of a speech. It's unlikely that the series will get another, more complete DVD release in the near future. Hopefully we won't have to wait until the 500th anniversary of Orange's death...

8 out of 10

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