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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.

Director:

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

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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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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Country:

Netherlands | Germany | UK | Belgium

Language:

Dutch | German | English | Hebrew

Release Date:

18 May 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Book See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After this film, Matthias Schoenaerts appeared in two more productions about World War II and the Nazi occupation of a country: De smaak van De Keyser (2008) (Belgium) and Suite Française (2014) (France). 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 can stay here. But you have to work.
Rachel Stein aka Ellis de Vries: The harder the better.
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Connections

Spoofed in Spion van Oranje (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Ich bin die fesche Lola
Music by Friedrich Hollaender (as Friedrich Hollaender)
Lyrics by Robert Liebmann
Performed by Carice van Houten
(c) 1930 by Ufaton-verlagsgesellschaft mbH (BMG Music Publishing Germany), Munich
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Excellent WWII thriller
15 September 2006 | by adriaan-dekkers056See 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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