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 song that Erik Lanshof (Rutger Hauer) sings while soup is being poured on his head is called "Terang Bulan", which, in 1963, became the national anthem of Malaysia. It is forbidden now in Malaysia to be used for any other purpose, whereas in the 1930s and 40s, it was a popular song in The Netherlands and elsewhere. See more »
Erik's eyesight is so poor that he is unable to hit targets immediately in front of him with an automatic weapon, yet shortly afterward, while being interviewed by the queen, he is able to spot the lovemaking couple through the small window at a much, much greater distance. 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 is the self-penned true story of the Dutch war hero Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema, and his college friends from Leiden who endured the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands and, who eventually, lived to see the Liberation. Some of his friends were not so lucky. The best version of this picture to see is the original version, in Dutch, German and English, with literally-translated subtitles. The dubbed-English version, particularly the one released in the U.S., is HORRIBLE! The most-commonly available subtitled version is one that has only the script of the dubbed version as subtitles, some of which don't make any sense. Beware this version! This is a great film, with stellar performances, most notably those of Rutger Hauer and Jeroen Krabbe'. Derek de Lint (Alex) is also magnificent as the Dutch youth of German descent who joins the SS-volunteers. The scene where Erik and Alex meet by chance at the Scheveningen dance-hall after Alex's return from the Russian front (the tango scene) is wonderfully done! The most touching part is set in May, 1945 at the moment of the Liberation. The part where Queen Wilhelmina steps onto Dutch soil after a five-year absence is an extremely emotional one. Don't miss this film, for it is the best one told about the Dutch view of the war, and will make you shout "Oranje Boven!" even if you aren't Dutch! Highly recommended!!
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