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The Girl with the Red Hair (1981)

Het meisje met het rode haar (original title)
The story of Hannie Schaft, Dutch Resistance, told in flashback as they try to bring collaborators and criminals to justice in 1945.


Ben Verbong
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Renée Soutendijk ... Hannie Schaft
Peter Tuinman Peter Tuinman ... Hugo
Loes Luca Loes Luca ... An
Johan Leysen ... Frans
Robert Delhez Robert Delhez ... Floor
Ada Bouwman Ada Bouwman ... Tinka
Lineke Rijxman Lineke Rijxman ... Judith
Maria de Booy Maria de Booy ... Moeder
Henk Rigters Henk Rigters ... Vader
Adrian Brine Adrian Brine ... SD-er
Chris Lomme ... Mevrouw de Ruyter
Lou Landré ... Otto Schaaf
Jan Retèl Jan Retèl ... Professor
Elsje Scherjon Elsje Scherjon ... Carlien
Hennie van den Akker Hennie van den Akker ... Van den Heuvel


Johanna 'Hannie' Schaft tells, in flash-backs, how she decides during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, to interrupt law studies to 'do something for real'. She joins the Dutch resistance, which uses her in missions to 'eliminate' collaborators. Even her parents may not know. Tough colleague Hugo initially looks down upon her girlish hesitations, but they fall in love. A failed attempt to shoot SD-informant de Ruyter puts the Germans on their trace. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Thriller | War


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Chauvinistic and Unhistorical
19 September 2018 | by fedwordsSee all my reviews

Feminism must not have been very strong in 1981 in the Netherlands if this film gained any popular acclaim there. I say this because "the girl with the red hair," Hannie Schaft, an actual member of the Dutch Resistance to German occupation in World War II, isn't favorably depicted. She is shown as constantly conflicted about and uncomfortable with her resistance work, doesn't do any of it well, and repeatedly fails. Thus she is just what we would expect from a "fragile female" trying to perform "men's work"--the exact stereotype that the real Hannie Schaft struggled so much against. Therefore, if this film ever played well with Dutch audiences, it could only have been because the filmmakers managed to elicit sympathy for the protagonist by making her every bit as weak and uncertain as they imagined the women in the audience to be. But in reality, people who take on dangerous espionage, sabotage, and assassination work (or join the military)--and who stay with it any length of time--aren't like the rest of us. They gain a toughness and skill which allows them to succeed, as the real Hannie Schaft did--enough to make the German occupiers want her dead, even as the war was ending. Moreover, this film is historically superficial in its treatment of Schaft, failing completely to cover or even mention her sabotage work or include her famous partnership with the Oversteegen sisters (the very resistance fighters who helped immortalize her after the war).

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17 September 1981 (Netherlands) See more »

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