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Black Book (2006)

Zwartboek (original title)
R | | Drama, Thriller, War | 18 May 2007 (USA)
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In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.


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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 13 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
General Käutner
Dolf de Vries ...
Notary Wim Smaal
Van Gein
Ronald Armbrust ...
Tim Kuipers
Xander Straat ...


Israel 1956. Rachel, a Jew, rather unexpectedly meets an old friend at the kibbutz where she is working as a teacher. It brings back memories of her experiences in The Netherlands during the war, memories of betrayal. September 1944. Rachel is in trouble when her hiding place is bombed by allied troops. She gets in contact with a man from the resistance and joins a group of Jews who are to be smuggled across the Biesbosch by boat to the freed South Netherlands. Germans from a patrol boat murder them all however. Only Rachel is able to escape. She is rescued by a resistance group under the leadership of Gerben Kuipers. When Kuipers' son is captured after trying to smuggle weapons, he asks Rachel to seduce SS-hauptsturmführer Ludwig Müntze. Soon she will find out the attack in the Biesbosch wasn't a coincidence. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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To fight the enemy, she must become one of them.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence, graphic nudity, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 May 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Book  »

Box Office


$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£166,362 (UK) (19 January 2007)


$4,398,392 (USA) (17 August 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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With a budget of approx. 16 million euros, this is the most expensive Dutch movie to date. See more »


People are traveling by train, while in real life no trains were going any more at that point in the war. See more »


Rachel Stein aka Ellis de Vries: [SPOILER]
[Hans Akkermans is locked in the coffin, as a punishment for his murderous treason, struggling to get out by kicking and screaming]
Rachel Stein aka Ellis de Vries: We should actually get up and open the coffin.
Gerben Kuipers: Yeah. We should...
[both Rachel and Gerben remain seated, gazing at the river]
Gerben Kuipers: What should we do with all the money?
Rachel Stein aka Ellis de Vries: It doesn't belong to us.
Gerben Kuipers: It doesn't belong to anybody.
Rachel Stein aka Ellis de Vries: To the dead...
[the sound of Hans Akkermans's screams stops, meaning he is now dead. Gerben raises his finger]
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Featured in De wereld draait door: Episode #2.4 (2006) See more »


Ouwe Taaje
Composer/Author: Eddy Christiani (as E. Christiani), R. Luco & Van Noordwijk
Publisher: Metro-Muziek
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The best dutch production in 20-30 years
14 September 2006 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I have been eagerly waiting to see 'Zwartboek' the past months. Finally it premiered in Holland today and i immediately rushed to cinema to be one of the first to see it. Beforehand i didn't watch any trailer nor read any review so i went in completely not knowing what to expect.

The movie starts a bit messy. Not knowing what it wants and where it wants to go. But as soon as things are set the roller-coaster ride begins. Carice and Sebastian are simply outstanding. Together they really carry the movie. The story however is predictable at times, but the awesome production quality (for dutch standards) and fast paced action really make up for it.

The overall message (which i will not give away) is something to think about. See the movie and judge for yourself.

I have heard this will be sent in for the Oscars. As much as i would want Paul to win i don't think it will happen. There will be other movies with a story less predictable and more surprising. However, my heart would want him to win this and walk out with a big figurative finger pointed at all them critics.

Zwartboek is in my opinion the best dutch production in 20-30 years, maybe even the best dutch movie since Soldier of Orange. It doesn't disappoint, it doesn't bore and it will give you a ride which you won't forget. It is also the breakthrough of Carice van Houten. Rave reviews from Venice compare her to Scarlett Johansson, but even better. Future will tell...

For now, go see this! And for Paul: please stay in Holland and make dutch cinema proud again.

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