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Black Book (2006)

Zwartboek (original title)
R | | Drama, Thriller, War | 18 May 2007 (USA)
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In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.

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Paul Verhoeven
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 13 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carice van Houten ... Rachel Stein / Ellis de Vries
Sebastian Koch ... Ludwig Müntze
Thom Hoffman ... Hans Akkermans
Halina Reijn ... Ronnie
Waldemar Kobus ... Günther Franken
Derek de Lint ... Gerben Kuipers
Christian Berkel ... Gen. Käutner
Dolf de Vries Dolf de Vries ... Wim Smaal - Notary
Peter Blok ... Van Gein
Michiel Huisman ... Rob
Ronald Armbrust Ronald Armbrust ... Tim Kuipers
Frank Lammers ... Kees
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Joop
Johnny de Mol ... Theo
Xander Straat Xander Straat ... Maarten
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Storyline

Israel 1956. Rachel, a Jew, rather unexpectedly meets an old friend at the kibbutz where she is working as a teacher. It brings back memories of her experiences in The Netherlands during the war, memories of betrayal. September 1944. Rachel is in trouble when her hiding place is bombed by allied troops. She gets in contact with a man from the resistance and joins a group of Jews who are to be smuggled across the Biesbosch by boat to the freed South Netherlands. Germans from a patrol boat murder them all however. Only Rachel is able to escape. She is rescued by a resistance group under the leadership of Gerben Kuipers. When Kuipers' son is captured after trying to smuggle weapons, he asks Rachel to seduce SS-hauptsturmführer Ludwig Müntze. Soon she will find out the attack in the Biesbosch wasn't a coincidence. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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To fight the enemy, she must become one of them.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence, graphic nudity, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When principal photography took longer than anticipated, Carice van Houten had to return to the production while she was already scheduled to appear in a stage play. The theater company successfully sued Zwartboek's production company Fu Works for the delay of several months that was caused by her absence. See more »

Goofs

After the "Hunger Winter" of 1944, there are no sheep in the fields any more, as are shown in the last part when they are following Hans. Furthermore you can see cut maize growing. This crop could not be present at that time. Nowadays cut maize is one of the most grown crops in the Netherlands but not in 1945. See more »

Quotes

Gerben Kuipers: We will kill that girl! However, wherever, whenever.
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Connections

Referenced in Allemaal film: Betere tijden (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Als Op Het Leidseplein De Lichtjes Weer Eens Branden Gaan
Composer / Author: Cor Steyn & Bert van Eyck
Performed by Willy Walden
Publisher: (c) XYZ Edition / Strengholt Music Group
Audiolab Harry Coster
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The best dutch production in 20-30 years
14 September 2006 | by raven22-2See all my reviews

I have been eagerly waiting to see 'Zwartboek' the past months. Finally it premiered in Holland today and i immediately rushed to cinema to be one of the first to see it. Beforehand i didn't watch any trailer nor read any review so i went in completely not knowing what to expect.

The movie starts a bit messy. Not knowing what it wants and where it wants to go. But as soon as things are set the roller-coaster ride begins. Carice and Sebastian are simply outstanding. Together they really carry the movie. The story however is predictable at times, but the awesome production quality (for dutch standards) and fast paced action really make up for it.

The overall message (which i will not give away) is something to think about. See the movie and judge for yourself.

I have heard this will be sent in for the Oscars. As much as i would want Paul to win i don't think it will happen. There will be other movies with a story less predictable and more surprising. However, my heart would want him to win this and walk out with a big figurative finger pointed at all them critics.

Zwartboek is in my opinion the best dutch production in 20-30 years, maybe even the best dutch movie since Soldier of Orange. It doesn't disappoint, it doesn't bore and it will give you a ride which you won't forget. It is also the breakthrough of Carice van Houten. Rave reviews from Venice compare her to Scarlett Johansson, but even better. Future will tell...

For now, go see this! And for Paul: please stay in Holland and make dutch cinema proud again.


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Country:

Netherlands | Germany | UK | Belgium

Language:

Dutch | German | English | Hebrew

Release Date:

18 May 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$112,521, 8 April 2007

Gross USA:

$4,398,532

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,768,563
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Dolby Digital | DTS (5.1)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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