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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 & 20 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
General Käutner
Dolf de Vries ...
Notary Wim Smaal
Peter Blok ...
Van Gein
Ronald Armbrust ...
Tim Kuipers
Frank Lammers ...
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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Did You Know?


This film was the official Netherlands entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 79th Academy Awards. It was on the shortlist of nine films competing for a nomination, but it did not make it to the final five, announced on the 23 January 2007. 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 »


Gerben Kuipers: [pointing to Tim's dead body] Do you know who this is?
Rachel Stein aka Ellis de Vries: [nods]
Gerben Kuipers: What do you have to say for yourself?
Rachel Stein aka Ellis de Vries: This.
[holds up the black book - which has the list of victims and offenders during the war]
Rachel Stein aka Ellis de Vries: This says everything.
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References Mata Hari (1931) See more »


Happy Days Are Here Again
Composer: Milton Ager
Author: Jack Yellen
Performed by Theo Maassen, Tjebbo Gerritsma and Wimie Wilhelm
Publisher: Advanced Music Corp.
Netherlands: EMI Music Publishing (Holland) BV
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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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