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The Dark Room of Damocles (1963)

Als twee druppels water (original title)
The fainthearted cigar trader Ducker keeps himself quiet during World War II. That changes when parachutist Dorbeck lands in his backyard. It turns out the parachutist bears a remarkable ... See full summary »

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Fons Rademakers
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lex Schoorel Lex Schoorel ... Ducker / Dorbeck
Nan Los Nan Los ... Marianne
Van Doude ... Inspector Wierdeman
Guus Verstraete Guus Verstraete ... Ebernuss
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ko Arnoldi Ko Arnoldi ... Doctor
Frits Butzelaar Frits Butzelaar ... (as Frits Butselaar)
Jos Gevers Jos Gevers ... Uncle Frans
Mia Goossen Mia Goossen ... Ria Ducker
Elise Hoomans Elise Hoomans ... Duckers Mother
Hans Polman Hans Polman ... Turlings
Jules Royaards Jules Royaards ... Hubach
Piet Römer
André van den Heuvel André van den Heuvel ... Tonino
Frans van der Lingen Frans van der Lingen ... Eckener
Ina van der Molen Ina van der Molen ... Elly
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Storyline

The fainthearted cigar trader Ducker keeps himself quiet during World War II. That changes when parachutist Dorbeck lands in his backyard. It turns out the parachutist bears a remarkable resemblance to Ducker. Ducker follows Dorbeck blindly, becomes involved in the Dutch resistance and soon starts killing people. When he escapes through German lines to the freed South Netherlands, no one has ever heard of Dorbeck. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch | German

Release Date:

21 February 1963 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dark Room of Damocles See more »

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Budget:

NLG620,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was co-produced and co-financed by entrepreneur Alfred Heineken (better known as the owner of the Dutch Heineken beer brewery), who also obtained the rights for the movie. He requested that his friend Nan Los (with whom he reportedly had an affair at the time) got a part in the movie. Heineken withdrew the film from distribution several years later for personal reasons; although he never clarified the decision, his relationship with Los had supposedly ended shortly before, when she left him for another man. It wasn't until 2002, after Heineken's death, that the film could be shown publicly again. See more »

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This film is as good as the novel
8 November 2003 | by jos-destrooperSee all my reviews

Wilfried Hermans is a good writer but this script is good and the movie is good also. There is something mysterious about this film-making. The director Fons Rademakers did manage to keep even more suspense than in the original book as if he gave the movie its own soul. The story could really had happen. At the end one cannot accept how the main figure is lost but it was a difficult task to end this movie with two people resembling each other so well. The SD-officer is fanatic as he should be and the resistance looses a lot of their men by the stupidity of our "hero".


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