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Winter in Wartime (2008)
"Oorlogswinter" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  27 November 2008 (Netherlands)
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In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, a teenage boy gets involved in the Dutch Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded RAF pilot.



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Near the end of World War II, 14-year-old Michiel becomes involved with the Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded British soldier. With the conflict coming to an end, Michiel comes of age and learns of the stark difference between adventure fantasy and the ugly realities of war. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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In 1945 Holland, a boy must choose between good and evil.


Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 November 2008 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Winter in Wartime  »

Box Office


€4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,937 (USA) (18 March 2011)


$542,860 (USA) (29 July 2011)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Dolby 5.1)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Director Martin Koolhoven has talked in interviews about how some spaghetti westerns influenced the movie. The introduction of Ben (played by Yorick van Wageningen) is similar to the introduction of Cheyenne (played by Jason Robards) in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) in the sense that the lead first hears the approaching character, which has a mystifying effect. Then the character is seen, but his eyes are covered by his hat, through a movement of the head of the actor, the eyes of the character are shown, completing the mythologizing effect. Koolhoven has also talked about the influence of The Great Silence (1968) and A Man Called Blade (1977) on the movie. See more »


When Michiel is cycling through the village, he passes a row of houses typical for the post-war resurrection era. See more »


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A young boy is forced to grow up quickly...
6 November 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

14 year-old Michiel lives in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation in the latter part of WWII. Although he's still only a kid, he happens upon a downed British flier and bravely decides to help him--even though the expedient thing would have been to stay out of this. To complicate things, Michiel's father is the local mayor--and a man who has long tried to appease his Nazi overlords. What is the boy to do?

The film is excellent in every way. Martijn Lakemeier did a great job in the leading role and the film was a quality production throughout. I also appreciated it because the film was very difficult to predict. Sure, you know the Nazis would lose and the war would be over in only a few months--but there were so many twists and turns in the film that it kept me guessing. It helped that this was not a 'happily ever after' sort of family film but a gritty one that was about a boy who needed to grow up very, very fast and make some very adult things. Well worth seeing and a decent film for the family despite its R-rating.

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