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Soldier of Orange (1977)

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


Paul Verhoeven
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Rutger Hauer ... Erik Lanshof
Jeroen Krabbé ... Guus LeJeune
Susan Penhaligon ... Susan
Edward Fox ... Colonel Rafelli
Lex van Delden Lex van Delden ... Nico
Derek de Lint ... Alex
Huib Rooymans Huib Rooymans ... Jan Weinberg
Dolf de Vries Dolf de Vries ... Jack Ten Brinck
Eddy Habbema Eddy Habbema ... Robby Froost
Belinda Meuldijk Belinda Meuldijk ... Esther
Peter Faber Peter Faber ... Will Dostgaarde
Rijk de Gooyer ... Gestapo-man Breitner
Paul Brandenburg Paul Brandenburg ... SS Lt. Thelen
Ward de Ravet Ward de Ravet ... Resistance Leader
Bert Struys Bert Struys ... Resistance Leader


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Drama | Romance | Thriller | War


R | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Although this was the most expensive Dutch movie at the time, the budget allowed for only a limited amount of days for filming, especially considering the scope of the production. Eighteen-hour shooting schedules were no exception. The scenes at the German beach party with the tango reportedly took a continuous thirty-six-hour shoot. See more »


The tanks which appear in the Russian scene (1943 or 1944) are Leopard tanks of the Dutch army, first built in 1965. See more »


Geisman: Did you write that?
Erik Lanshof: Sir, yes sir.
Geisman: What did you write that with?
Erik Lanshof: Sir, with shit, sir.
See more »

Alternate Versions

The German video version released in 1988 was heavily cut for about 35 min., in 2007 this film was finally released uncut in Germany as part of the "Paul Verhoeven-Klassiker Edition". See more »


Referenced in Alpha to Omega: Exposing 'The Osterman Weekend' (2004) See more »

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Great story of courage and determination
13 August 2002 | by tyguy-2See 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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Netherlands | Belgium


Dutch | English | German

Release Date:

16 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soldier of Orange See more »


Box Office


NLG5,000,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor)| Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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