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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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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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The first scene plays in the fraternity building of leiden, which was burnt down in 1959. The film was recorded in the 70's so they had to make a decor. But the fraternity club of Delft has a clubhouse which was designed by the same architect as the one of Leiden and had great similarities. The fraternities of Leiden en Delft have a sort of love/hate relationship so the Delft fraternity let the film be recorded for free on 2 conditions: They had to use the fraternity plates during the first scene (in full view). And they had to order a Pils (lager, and the specific Delft way to order a beer) in stead of the Laden way which is just beer. Till this day this stings the Leiden fraternity a little. See more »

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When the Mosquito taxies out to bomb Germany it goes past a 1950s Avro Shackleton MR3 long-range maritime patrol aircraft. 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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Referenced in De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #6.19 (2015) See more »

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Superb dramatization of a dark time in our history.
7 February 2001 | by See 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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