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Soldier of Orange (1977)

Soldaat van Oranje (original title)
During WWII, 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 ... 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:

NLG5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Prince Bernhard, Prince Consort to the Dutch Queen Juliana, who was inspector general of the Dutch armed forces, was a personal friend of Erik Hazelhof Roelfsma and served as protector of the film. He arranged among other things for the support of the Dutch marines of the production. However, during shooting it was revealed that Prince Bernhard had accepted a $1.1 million bribe from U.S. aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Corporation to influence the Dutch government's purchase of fighter aircraft. The Prince was forced to resign his position as inspector general as a result of this. See more »

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When Guus goes to Holland for the first time to instruct the resistance group, he is walking in the street with his transmitter in a trunk and in the street he passes a window which displays a poster which says "staking brengt alleen ellende over uw eigen volk". This instruction (which Guus gives) in the movie takes place in 1942, but this poster wasn't issued by the Germans before the winter 1944-1945 as it refers to the great train strike in the winter of 44-45. 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

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 »

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An exciting, true story
15 January 1999 | by Lee-65See all my reviews

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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