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Soldier of Orange (1977)

Soldaat van Oranje (original title)
During WW2, Dutch students join the resistance movement against the German occupation of the Netherlands.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Erik Lanshof
... Guus LeJeune
... Susan
... Colonel Rafelli
Lex van Delden ... Nico
... Alex
Huib Rooymans ... Jan Weinberg
Dolf de Vries ... Jack Ten Brinck
Eddy Habbema ... Robby Froost
Belinda Meuldijk ... Esther
Peter Faber ... Will Dostgaarde
Rijk de Gooyer ... Gestapo-man Breitner
Paul Brandenburg ... SS Lt. Thelen
Ward de Ravet ... Resistance Leader
Bert Struys ... Resistance Leader
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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 Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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They began and ended with a toast. In between was one hell of a war. See more »

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16 August 1979 (USA)  »

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Soldier of Orange  »

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NLG 5,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Director Paul Verhoeven originally wanted Derek de Lint to play Erik Lanshof, the title character. He had previously directed Rutger Hauer in the Dutch television series Floris (1969) and the film Turkish Delight (1973) and did not think Hauer was right for the lead in this picture. De Lint read for Lanshof several times, but Verhoeven never quite got the performance out of de Lint he was looking for. He then decided to give Hauer a try. Hauer surprised Verhoeven by giving a very strong reading, with the result that Verhoeven cast him as Erik and de Lint as Alex. See more »

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During the scenes of the invasion of Holland, the Dutch troops are shown wearing post-1940 insignia. See more »

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Geisman: Did you write that?
Erik Lanshof: Sir, yes sir.
Geisman: What did you write that with?
Erik Lanshof: Sir, with shit, sir.
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Great story of courage and determination
13 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

True story of Erik Hazelhof, a young university lad who becomes involved in the Dutch resistance movement during WWII. We follow him and some of his close friends as they take different paths during the early occupation of Nederland by the Nazis. One of them becomes a nazi collaborator, another is Jewish and does his best to defy the occupational troops, the others join the resistance in varying degrees. The story gets complex in its telling and you get an in depth look at how some civilians did their best to stay alive and help the war effort. The story focuses mostly on a Hauer's character. I thought it was great that he was not a 'John Wayne-Rambo' type of character. Instead we find a chap who is a bit reluctant to do his part and is more concerned with surviving the war years. This movie works on several levels. I love espionage and this has plenty of it. You also can look at it as a human drama to see how the war affects the comradery of the lads. And for you gals out there, there are some love scenes. There are some great scenes that capture the spirit of the time. This movie can be added to the likes of Schindler's List, Das Boot, and Saving Private Ryan as great WWII movies.


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