Jaap van Leyden (Sir Ralph Richardson) is in charge of a shipyard in newly occupied Holland. At first he collaborates with the Germans because it is the easiest course to follow. Later, a child's rhyme reminds him of his patriotic duty, but how best to resist the Nazis without endangering his wife and fellow workers?
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Selected as the First Picture to be Shown at the San Francisco United Nations Conference
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wrote the original story, but was unhappy with the way it was handled, especially the way the brutality of the Nazis was diminished, so he didn't allow his name to be used as a writer. He was happy to leave his name on this movie as a producer. See more
Jaap van Leyden
The truth is that a Nation will only live as long as it has people ready to die.
[spoken and diary entry
Opening credits prologue: "I know death hath ten thousand several doors
For men to take their exits". See more
Piet Hein's Name Is Short
Lyrics by Jan Pieter Heije
English Lyrics by Tommie Connor
Music by Johannes Viotta
Arranged by Allan Gray
Sung by the teacher and the students in the school See more