Based on the true story of a group of students from Leiden, the Netherlands, their experience, different paths and roles in World War II, either as a collaborators or in the resistance. ... See full summary »
During World War II in the Netherlands, resistance-leader Arie is shot by the Dutch SS-man Niels. Arie's comrades pledge to avenge his death. 35 years later one of them, Ab, is confronted ... See full summary »
A dutch tv series that is about an exiled knigth and his Indian friend. Together they try to get his birth right papers back from an evil lord. During their quest they get help from a noble man who offers them a place in his castle.
This film depicts World War II through the eyes of several Dutch students. It follows them through the beginning of the war, the Nazi occupation and the liberation.Written by
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The explosions in this film were provided not by special effects technicians but by the Dutch Marines. In his DVD commentary on the film, director Paul Verhoeven states that the explosive charges were held in place with metal. When one of the charges was set off, it blew the metal to bits. One of the flying fragments nearly killed star Rutger Hauer. See more »
After the first failed attempt to flee to England where John is captured, Erik meets with Guus and asks Guus to hide him. In the background, Dutch fascists are selling newspapers and shouting, "Russian Front Collapses." Later John is executed and a subtitle tells us the date is April 10, 1941. Germany did not invade Russia until June, 1941 so there was no "Russian Front" before then. See more »
Dutch TV version "Voor koningin en vaderland" features an alternate ending. Instead of freezing on the two characters at the window, the scene cuts to the next morning. Erik Lanshof (Rutger Hauer) is still in uniform and walking onto the beach. He gets in his jeep and drives along the sand while the main theme starts to play. As he disappears down the beach, the camera then pans right looking over the ocean and the rising sun. The credits roll. See more »
This film hit a grand slam by successfully achieving all of the things I hope for in a movie: it entertained me, it educated me, it charmed me, and it provoked me. I have lived in the Netherlands and love the Dutch people, so I was happy to view this film and see many familiar sites and understand some of the Dutch dialogue. It provided me with a sense of deja vu. I also learned things about the Dutch World War II experience that I previously was unaware of. The vast majority of the world only has one thought when it comes to WWII and the Dutch: Anne Frank. It's heartening to watch a film that explores many other facets of the Dutch experience during occupation, and that doesn't promote an all-rosy view wherein everyone is heroic. It is a realistic film that showed the complications of war and occupation, the desire for self-survival, the limits of patriotism, the fragility of war-time romances, and the bravery and sacrifices that some, but not all, are willing to exhibit. My heart was in my throat many times as I wondered what would happen and, although the movie is almost two and a half hours, I was sorry to see it end.
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