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The Silent Army (2008)

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Child soldiers in Africa are at the fore in this tale of a white restaurant owner in an African town bordering a conflict zone. When his son's African friend Abu is abducted, he sets out to... See full summary »

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Jacqueline Blom ...
Agnes van Dam
Marco Borsato ...
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Ruud van Kalenberg
Andrew Kintu ...
Abu
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Anna Zuiderwijk
Frederick Mpuuga ...
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Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga ...
Michel Obeke
Sam Okelo
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Valerie
Siebe Schoneveld ...
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François Lama
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Child soldiers in Africa are at the fore in this tale of a white restaurant owner in an African town bordering a conflict zone. When his son's African friend Abu is abducted, he sets out to find the boy, and walks right into a training camp exploiting children like Abu. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

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The international version of this film ("The Silent Army") was the original Dutch entry for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Film. However, the film was turned down because it was a re-cut version. This led to the submission of Oorlogswinter (2008). See more »

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Valerie: Most people have brilliant reasons to do nothing at all.
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Featured in Pauw & Witteman: Episode #3.64 (2008) See more »

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Golden Raspberry Nominee
13 December 2008 | by (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Despite the reviews (all of them were bad) I wanted to see this, just to see 'how bad, bad writing can be'. It delivered and went to the limit.

How can a producer or even a director with some credit to his name ever cast Marco Borsato in this B-movie? He may be a nice singer, but that doesn't make him an actor as this movie painfully demonstrates. His personal involvement in the charity WarChild is noble, but this very long advertisement for this organization is a disgrace.

The acting was non-existent, the story unbelievable, the action scenes right out of any Ed Wood Jr-movie. (That might read as a compliment but it isn't.) I truly had a really hard time staying seated, specially with so many people around me leaving the theater.


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