In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, a teenage boy gets involved in the Dutch Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded RAF pilot.


Martin Koolhoven


Martin Koolhoven (screenplay), Paul Jan Nelissen (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martijn Lakemeier ... Michiel
Yorick van Wageningen ... Oom Ben
Jamie Campbell Bower ... Jack
Raymond Thiry ... Johan
Melody Klaver ... Erica
Anneke Blok Anneke Blok ... Lia
Mees Peijnenburg Mees Peijnenburg ... Dirk
Jesse van Driel Jesse van Driel ... Theo
Dan van Husen ... Auer
Ad van Kempen Ad van Kempen ... Schafter
Tygo Gernandt ... Bertus
Ben Ramakers Ben Ramakers ... Veerman
Tibo Vandenborre ... Duitse Soldaat Redding
Jens Roth Jens Roth ... Duitse Soldaat 1
Peter Eberst ... Duitse Soldaat 2


Near the end of World War II, 14-year-old Michiel becomes involved with the Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded British soldier. With the conflict coming to an end, Michiel comes of age and learns of the stark difference between adventure fantasy and the ugly realities of war. Written by Pusan International Film Festival

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In 1945 Holland, a boy must choose between good and evil.


Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


In the shot of the marketplace seen through the bell tower, the bell tower was a digital effect since no such building was present there. See more »


When the boy opens the suitcase in the attic, he pulls out a Browning HighPower pistol with Pachmayr Signature rubber grips. The grips would be wood or hard plastic. Pachmayr grips would be made in the United States post WWII. See more »


References The Great Silence (1968) See more »


Composer (Componist): Ferry Barendse
Performed by (Uitgevoerd door): The Ramblers
Publisher (Uitgeverij): Editions Charles Bens / Strengholt Music Group
Label: Dureco / Strengholt Music
© Isabella Films / Fu Works
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Historically unrealistic
8 September 2016 | by m_palmer45See all my reviews

Aristides-2 and malcolmgw have already mentioned some of the holes in the plot that you can drive a truck through, such as Jack's leg being broken and rotting away one day but being magically healed when he clambers across a river along the underside of a bridge on the very next day.

Aside from absurd details like this, the historical premise of the movie is unrealistic. The events portrayed are supposed to have happened in January 1945, at a time when the Germans were running from the Russians in the East and mobilized their last reserves of manpower, weaponry, and fuel for the futile Battle of the Bulge in the West.

And yet this movie will have us believe that, just then, a whole company or so of German soldiers - all young men in their prime, well- fed, well-armed and -motorized, spic and span - are tasked with playing cat and mouse all day long with a bunch of hapless villagers in the Dutch countryside? And that, with 5 years of battlefield experience, none of them can hit a standing target at 50 paces?

I get that the makers of movies are more interested in human virtues and morals than in historical facts, but it nevertheless detracts from a move when the historical background is so poorly treated.

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Netherlands | Belgium


Dutch | English | German

Release Date:

27 November 2008 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Winter in Wartime See more »


Box Office


EUR4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,937, 20 March 2011

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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