A true story about a Flemish resistance warrior.

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Robbe De Hert
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Director: Robbe De Hert
Stars: Eric Clerckx, Blanka Heirman, Willy Vandermeulen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Werner De Smedt Werner De Smedt ... Gaston
Mapi Galán Mapi Galán ... Veronique
Stuart Laing Stuart Laing ... Harry
Oliver Windross Oliver Windross ... Doug
Peter Firth ... Major Smith
Christian Crahay Christian Crahay ... Hachez
Olivia Williams ... Nicky
Lukas Smolders Lukas Smolders ... Louis
Clive Swift ... General James
Marilou Mermans Marilou Mermans ... Farmer's wife
René van Asten René van Asten ... Van der Waals
Sylvia Kristel ... Miep Visser
Stefan Perceval Stefan Perceval ... German soldier
Gert Jan Dröge Gert Jan Dröge ... Cohen
Serge Marechal Serge Marechal ... Frenchman
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Gaston Vandermeerssche is a young, resourceful Flemish action hero of the Belgian resistance during World War II: he coaches surviving allied pilots trough occupied Belgium and France to Spain so they can regain England, each time a dangerous adventure as their poor mastery of local languages and customs add to the ever-present risks of trying to outsmart the Nazi troops and Gestapo agents. After a mess-up in the coordination from London he himself gets caught by the dreaded secret police for ruthless interrogation... Written by KGF Vissers

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A Story of Courage and Betrayal

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Country:

Denmark | Belgium | Netherlands

Language:

Dutch | English | German | French | Spanish

Release Date:

23 October 1997 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Gaston háborúja See more »

Filming Locations:

Ardennes, Wallonia, Belgium See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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A story about the Resistance in Belgium without interest
4 February 2003 | by silveraukSee all my reviews

Fernand Auwera who was in fact a writer of dialogues for television-series and Luc W.L. Jansen of which this was the first and also the last script he wrote, are not capable of transforming the book of Allan Mayer "Gaston's War", about the adventures of a man of the Resistance, into a consistent movie. There are so many stories about the Second World-War in Belgium but never one Belgian director, and certainly not Robbe De Hert, could make an interesting movie involving the different aspects of the war: the Resistance, the deportations and the cruel aftermath after the war with the blind executions of collaborators. So this movie is again a failed opportunity. Bur more, there were problems between the Flemish producer Tharsi Vanhuysse, who I am afraid never produced one good movie, and the Spanish co-producer. Antonio Saura (II) did his best but you can see that the end of the story suffers from this financial hitch. The music by Theo Nijland adds nothing to the tension. The tortures scenes are ridiculous and are an insult to all the people who had atrocious sufferings in the hands of the S.D. or Gestapo. Werner De Smedt is a miscasting as Gaston and I think that the real Gaston Vandermeerssche would turn his head in his grave if he saw this movie.


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