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The Exception (2016)

R | | Drama, Romance, War | 2 June 2017 (USA)
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A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation.

Director:

David Leveaux

Writers:

Simon Burke (screenplay by), Alan Judd (based on the novel "The Kaiser's Last Kiss" by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Loïs Alessandra Loïs Alessandra ... Little Girl (as Loïs van Wijk)
Jai Courtney ... Capt. Stefan Brandt
Karin Leclercq Karin Leclercq ... Widow in Hotel
Anton Lesser ... General Falkenberg
Christopher Plummer ... Kaiser Wilhelm II
Aubeline Barbieux Aubeline Barbieux ... Beatrix
Janet McTeer ... Princess Hermine
Lily James ... Mieke de Jong
Stéphane Auberghen Stéphane Auberghen ... Frau Linnenkamp
Ben Daniels ... Col. Sigurd von Ilsemann
Martin Swabey Martin Swabey ... Mueller
Martin Savage Martin Savage ... Dirksen
Mark Dexter ... Dietrich
Kurt Standaert Kurt Standaert ... Schulz
Kris Cuppens Kris Cuppens ... Pastor Hendriks
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Storyline

Whiling away the hours in an isolated countryside estate near Nazi-occupied Utrecht, the abdicated German emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II, is still considered an influential man, and above all, a desirable assassination target. As a result, to avert a possible attempt against the life of the silver-haired former monarch, the reluctant Wehrmacht Captain, Stefan Brandt, is put in charge of his security, as there are rumours that a stealthy spy is in their midst. However, against all odds, Stefan will commence a fervent clandestine affair with the mansion's cryptic Dutch handmaiden, Mieke de Jong, threatening to put in jeopardy an already dangerously volatile situation. Now, with the imminent arrival of the powerful Reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler, can Brandt protect both the Kaiser and the unexpected love of his life? Written by Nick Riganas

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One duty. One desire. One decision. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Jai Courtney had to dramatically slim down for the role as he shot this film immediately after Suicide Squad (2016). He had gone up to 230 pounds for his last film and was sporting a very muscular and shredded superhero physique which the filmmakers thought would be completely inappropriate for his role as a war time German officer in this film. He also wouldn't have been able to fit into his tight military suits. Courtney had to perform a lot of cardio in order to lose his excess muscle mass in order to be ready by the time filming began. See more »

Goofs

28 minutes in, as Brandt approaches Mieke and the Kaiser, the position of Mieke's hands changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Widow in Hotel: I have to go.
[Stephan hands the woman her panties]
Capt. Stefan Brandt: Here. Can I see you again?
Widow in Hotel: One telegram from the War Ministry is enough.
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Du bist die Ruh
By Franz Schubert
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Extraordinary Christopher
26 June 2017 | by d_anastSee all my reviews

The film is a typical euro meager budget co-production with a nice little plot and the substance of an eclair, but the delight here is viewing Christopher Plummer showcasing his pure love of acting. He has reached legendary dimensions in his ability and he joyously devours each part he gets these days regardless of the material. He has become in many ways someone he played: John Barrymore. Same love of tricks and hypnotic magnetism. But what a joy to behold. If you want a master class in the study of a near 90 year old acting magician see this!


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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Flanders, Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,351, 4 June 2017

Gross USA:

$708,973

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$834,572
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2.35 : 1
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