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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 13 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Rachel Stein / Ellis de Vries
... Ludwig Müntze
... Hans Akkermans
... Ronnie
... Günther Franken
... Gerben Kuipers
... Gen. Käutner
Dolf de Vries ... Wim Smaal - Notary
... Van Gein
... Rob
Ronald Armbrust ... Tim Kuipers
... Kees
... Joop
... Theo
Xander Straat ... Maarten
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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.

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Drama | Thriller | War

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

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$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€682,184 (Netherlands), 17 September 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$112,521, 8 April 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,398,392, 19 August 2007
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2.35 : 1
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This film was the official Dutch entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 79th Academy Awards. It was on the shortlist of nine films competing for a nomination, but it did not make it to the final five, announced on 23 January 2007. See more »

Goofs

In a scene shot in a powder room, on the wall behind the actress one can see a modern type lavatory-paper holder which did not exist in that time. See more »

Quotes

Gerben Kuipers: You met that Muntze on the train, right? And he liked you?
Hans Akkermans: Liked her...? He fell for her!
Rachel Stein aka Ellis de Vries: He just showed me his stamp collection.
Gerben Kuipers: How far would you go with him? For Tim and the others...?
Rachel Stein aka Ellis de Vries: How far...? You mean sleep with him...? I want things to be clear, is that what you mean?
Gerben Kuipers: How far would you go...?
Rachel Stein aka Ellis de Vries: As far as that Muntze wants to go... Okay?
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References The Blue Angel (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Ich Tanze mit Dir in den Himmel Hinein
Music: Friedrich Schröder
Lyrics: Hans Fritz Beckmann
Performed by Carice van Houten and Waldemar Kobus
(c) 1937 by Ufaton-verlagsgesellschaft mbH
(BMG Music Publishing Germany), Munich
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Excellent WWII thriller
15 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

Saw it at Toronto Int. Film Festival with Paul Verhoeven and Carice van Houten on stage. This movie has Verhoeven's trademark stamp all over it. It's evident this film was a more personal project for him. Non stop action and good acting, especially from the lead actress, Carice van Houten. I've seen other films (American and French) about Resistance fighters during WWII, but non of them gripped me by the throat like this one. I admit Verhoeven is at times a bit heavy-handed, especially the sound effects of German machine guns, but the story never sags. It's a "By the seat of your pants" type of movie. After you leave the theater, the impact of the story stays with you for days. Go and see it when it comes to your local cinema in North America. I highly recommend it.


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