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The Assault (1986)

De aanslag (original title)
A Dutch doctor, haunted by grueling childhood memories of World War II, struggles to find peace as he spends his life looking for answers about the tragic night that shaped him.

Director:

Fons Rademakers

Writers:

Gerard Soeteman (scenario), Harry Mulisch (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek de Lint ... Anton Steenwijk
Marc van Uchelen Marc van Uchelen ... Young Anton Steenwijk
Monique van de Ven ... Saskia de Graaff / Truus Coster
John Kraaykamp John Kraaykamp ... Cor Takes
Huub van der Lubbe Huub van der Lubbe ... Fake Ploeg
Elly Weller Elly Weller ... Mrs. Beumer
Ina van der Molen Ina van der Molen ... Karin Korteweg
Frans Vorstman Frans Vorstman ... Father Steenwijk
Edda Barends Edda Barends ... Mother Steenwijk
Casper de Boer Casper de Boer ... Peter Steenwijk
Wim de Haas Wim de Haas ... Mr. Korteweg
Hiske van der Linden Hiske van der Linden ... Young Karin Korteweg
Piet de Wijn Piet de Wijn ... Mr. Beumer
Akkemay Akkemay ... Sandra
Kees Coolen Kees Coolen ... Gerrit-Jan
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Storyline

In January 1945, during the 2nd world-war, the Dutch resistance kills a collaborator in the street where the 12 year old Anton Steenwijk lives. The man was shot in front of his neighbors house, but is moved by them to the house of the family Steenwijk. Because of this, his father, mother and brother are killed by the Germans, and their house is set to fire. During his life, Anton meets several people that tell him more about what really happened on the night of the assault. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch | English | German

Release Date:

6 February 1986 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

The Assault See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$203,781
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fons Rademakers Produktie See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(general release)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Derek de Lint played in two other Dutch WWII movies, Soldier of Orange (1977) and Black Book (2006). See more »

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29 April 2007 | by rob-1944See all my reviews

My family is from Haarlem and I feel very close to the places, scenes, characters and the atmosphere that the movie generates. The fact that there are only a view productions regarding the Dutch resistance is very sad to me as the Dutch resistance was on of the best organized during the German occupation. However the man that was shot dead outside Anton Steenwijk's house was an NSB participant. He belonged to the Dutch Nazi Party. As previously stated, by some people in this thread, he was not a German Nazi but a Dutch collaborator. A lot of my family were in the resistance during the Nazi occupation. Some of them were shut by the Germans, in the dunes near Bloemendaal a/Zee, the site of the "Ere Begraaf Plaats" where Anton takes his daughter to find Truus Koster's grave, in the latter end of the movie. When I was young we often spend time there, to visit friends and family that were executed during those troublesome years. I dearly love this movie and would recommend it to anyone.


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