When the young republic of The Netherlands is attacked by England, France, and Germany, and the country is on the brink of civil war, only one man can lead the country's strongest weapon, the Dutch fleet: Michiel de Ruyter (Frank Lammers).
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When the young republic of The Netherlands is attacked by the great Kingdom of England, France, and Germany, and the country is on the brink of civil war, only one man can lead the country's strongest weapon, the Dutch fleet: Michiel de Ruyter (Frank Lammers).
Paintings from the seventeenth century served as an inspiration for the design. In the beginning of this movie, when Klaartje (Pip Pellens), the family maid, pours milk, it is almost an exact replica of the famous painting "The Milkmaid" by Johannes Vermeer. See more »
A remorseful prince William III orders to give De Ruyter a beautiful grave. In truth, De Ruyter's family financed it themselves. See more »
In the Netherlands, the movie was released in two different versions in the cinema. One of the versions lack explicit images of a lynching and also the death scene of the main character is made less horrific. This version has certification: 12 years and older. See more »
Michiel de Ruyter (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Written by Trevor Morris
Published by Riva Media Records
courtesy of VOCfilm B.V. See more »
Been waiting for this historical setting for some time now
I've always fantasized about this naval period. This movie gave me the chance to experience this strange deceptive era in theatrical form.
The young republic, striving to establish and maintain strong trading routes, are flawed by who they thought were their allies all along. Physically and mentally provoked and by three nations at once, it goes to show that a country can indeed establish itself through courage, determination and wit.
Long as the film was, I found it a wonderful experience to watch from start to finish. I didn't expect to see scenes in England, let alone ones containing the mad monarchist King James II. What a mentalist.
Many scenes featuring the Dutch King Willem II and admiral Tromp were simply captivating to the point that I felt I was actually living the moment in that era.
Michiel de Ruyter, has definitely won a place in my heart and I will definitely be watching this one again someday.
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