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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In 2010, the movie was adapted into a musical, which became the most successful and long-running musical in Dutch history. See more »

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The RAF bomber Erik uses is a Mosquito. The Dutch squadrons in the RAF never used the Mosquito. 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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Superb dramatization of a dark time in our history.
7 February 2001 | by james.rankinSee all my reviews

This is an excellent adaptation of a true story of university students reacting to World War II. The population of Holland lived a naive existence, believing that they were not involved. When the war came to them, they were horribly naive and unprepared. The only possibility was to work with the resistance. By wars end, only two of the original group (Erik and Jack) were still alive. The whole story is there: danger, how people were forced into collaborating, how others willingly collaborated, torture at the hands of the Gestapo, death the penalty for getting caught, how Erik survived.

The best Verhoeven movie readily available in the USA, what a contrast to the trash he turned out in the 1990s. Hauer is in top form as Erik. Krabbe is excellent as the fraternity president Guus, so in charge of the games at the beginning, so naive as to the reality of their situation at the end. Their friendship was at the core of this film. Their relationship with authority throughout was complex and compelling.

There are two subtitled versions, the original is far the best if you can find it. The other subtitled version available is a version of the dubbing script for the US version for those parochial people who have to have it in English because they can't be bothered to increase their cultural horizon and listen to a movie in its original language. Stay as far away from the dubbed in English version as you can.


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