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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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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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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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Drama | War

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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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Finally after 40 years receiving the recognition it deserves.
19 September 2004 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

Before 2002 this movie was very rarely shown. Producer Alfred Heineken (better known as Freddie Heineken, yes indeed THE big man behind the famous Dutch beer brewery) had forbidden all public showings of this movie, with the exception of a few cinematic showings and one appearance on Dutch television. Reason for this was that his mistress Nan Los played in the film. So in a way this movie has always been hidden for the public till the death of Heineken in 2002, a shame because it's a pretty good war drama!

The first halve of the movie is very standard stuff. Typical WW II Dutch drama stuff you can say. The second halve however was very good! The story became tense and even mysterious and had a few surprising twists and a very excellent ending!

Lex Schoorel is a very irritating leading man as Ducker however as Dorbeck, who is also played by him, he is strangely enough very good. It's no coincidence that after this he appeared rarely in any other notable movies, with the exception of the television show "Floris" directed by Paul Verhoeven and staring Rutger Hauer and the failed but well known movie "Grijpstra & De Gier" also with Rutger Hauer and Rijk de Gooyer. The rest of the cast consist mainly out of fairly unknown actors with the exception of Sacco van der Made and Piet Römer who received most of their fame in the 90's. All of the acting performances reminded me of those from Hollywood movies made in the 40's and 50's. The movie besides looks even more outdated because it's in black & white.

The editing is at times very weird and the sound is also pretty messed up at times. This movie is certainly not as good as Fons Rademakers other Dutch war drama, the Academy Award winning movie "De Aanslag" with Derek de Lint and most definitely not as good as Paul Verhoeven's masterpiece "Soldaat van Oranje". But the second halve and certainly the ending make this movie a very solid war drama with an excellent story.

Worth seeing if you get the chance.

8/10

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch | German

Release Date:

21 February 1963 (Netherlands) See more »

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Budget:

NLG620,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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