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Riphagen (2016)

The story about Riphagen, a cunning Dutch traitor during WW2 who helped Nazi round up Jews, stealing their treasures for himself. He destroyed Resistance groups, making many who pursued justice after the war look like fools.

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... Zusje Greetje
... Dries Riphagen
... Jan
... Toon Kuijper
Sigrid ten Napel ... Lena
... Greetje
Anna Raadsveld ... Betje
Guido Pollemans ... Harry Rond
... Gert van der Veen
... Lid KP #1
... Charly Hartog
Mark Rietman ... Einthoven
... Frits Kerkhoven
Peter Drost ... Herbert Oelschlägel
... Barman stamcafé
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The story about Riphagen, a cunning Dutch traitor during WW2 who helped Nazi round up Jews, stealing their treasures for himself. He destroyed Resistance groups, making many who pursued justice after the war look like fools.

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Drama | War

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22 September 2016 (Netherlands)  »

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Рифаген  »

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€2,300,000 (estimated)

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€62,152 (Netherlands), 25 September 2016, Limited Release
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Was produced as a three-part miniseries, but deemed good enough for a theatrical release (in a shortened version). Due to this, the movie was excluded for the most important categories at the Dutch Film Festival. See more »

Goofs

In the death certificate of Riphagen is mentioned as date of birth the 9th of September 1909. That is incorrect. Correct date is the 7th of September 1909. See more »

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Prakkizeer Nu Toch Niet
Lyrics and music composed by W. Benari
Performed (Vitgevoerd Door) by Esmeralda Orchestra & Bert van Dongen (vocals)
Orchestra conducted by Eddy Walis
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Masterful Wartime Movie
7 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

World War II remains a rich source of inspiration for movies, even seventy years after its end. The clear moral lines between good and evil that the Nazi era puts into relief allow for little wiggle room for postmodern movie makers to blur them. The masterful script and ace directing nevertheless manage to stretch these lines to the uttermost, resulting in a great deal of suspense where the viewer is at times unsure of who is who and who is good or evil.

Based on a good deal of historical truth, Riphagen is presented as a combination suspense and mystery. Andries Riphagen, sometimes called the Dutch Al Capone, was an influential member of the Dutch underworld who collaborated with the German occupiers for his own personal gain. Only the most gullible of viewers will be fooled by the smooth stories he tells desperate Jews as he tries to "help" them park their assets until after the war. Nevertheless, exactly how Riphagen is scamming people and how particular situations turn out remain unclear until the last moment, as he often has to improvise and adjust his plans based on changing circumstances. This keeps the movie suspenseful till the very last minute. Don't be fooled by what seems to be a slowing down of the story in the last third.

Not without minor pacing problems, this movie is nevertheless a major achievement. Despite a ridiculously small budget, it is masterfully executed. The entire movie breathes the 1940s. The acting by Jeroen van Koningsbrugge as Riphagen as well as by the actors in the many indispensable supporting roles are superb. Camera work, lighting and editing haven't succumbed to modern artsy fads but are crisp and effective. Too bad they couldn't get more real German actors to play German soldiers - Richard Gonlag's German (as Willy Lages, head of the regional division of the German secret police SD) in the original Dutch version is very good, but his native Dutch accent is nevertheless unmistakable. Highly recommended.


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