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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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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 (

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


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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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The movie was almost canceled in 2004, when many of the (foreign) companies that had promised to fund the movie, had not yet paid up. Production was abruptly green-lit again in the autumn of 2005, when the 16 million Euro budget was finally secured. This allowed the production team only a couple of months for principal photography. 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: Ellis, a girl didn't show up today. Would you replace her?
Rachel Stein aka Ellis de Vries: Work is work, right?
Gerben Kuipers: Even if it is dangerous?
Rachel Stein aka Ellis de Vries: What have I got to lose?
Gerben Kuipers: Your life...
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Referenced in Allemaal film: Tussen kunst en kassa (2007) See more »


A Hundred Years from Today
Composer: Victor Young
Arranged and Produced: Piet Souer
Authors: Joe Young, Ned Washington
Performed by Carice van Houten
Publisher: EMI Robbins Catalog Inc.
Netherlands: EMI Music Publishing (Holland) BV
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Europe meets America
25 October 2006 | by (London) – See all my reviews

A really interesting mix of American movie - driven by a strong narrative, complete with car chases and tense thriller moments - and European film - multilingual, with strong sense of historical moment and complex characterisation. The lead performance by Carice van Houten is compelling and charismatic. Overall the film does not amount to a big emotional experience - the centre of the emotion, however, is subtle and focused on the scenes of Ellis (the Jewish heroine, undercover among the Nazis) and Muntze (the German officer) in bed together. A complex and believable love develops between them which is the heart of the film. Great to see Verhoeven back in Europe on a project of passion, bringing back some American know-how to a fairly large scale film, albeit for a pretty modest budget (c$20M I believe).

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