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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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Paul Verhoeven
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Cast

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 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
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Storyline

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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Love first - fight later. See more »

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Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Netherlands | Belgium

Language:

Dutch | English | German

Release Date:

16 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soldier of Orange See more »

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Budget:

NLG 5,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Colonel Rafelli: [gives Gus a cyanide pill]
Colonel Rafelli: Should anything go wrong, cyanide.
Gus: [joking] What flavor? Orange or lemon?
Colonel Rafelli: [humored] Most amusing.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

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Referenced in Zwartboek: The Special (2006) See more »

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Certainly worth viewing
22 September 2004 | by MinneapolisJaneSee all my reviews

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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