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The East (2020)

De Oost (original title)
A young Dutch soldier deployed to suppress post-WWII independence efforts in the Netherlands' colony of Indonesia finds himself torn between duty and conscience when he joins an increasingly ruthless commander's elite squad.

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Jim Taihuttu
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martijn Lakemeier ... Johan de Vries
Marwan Kenzari ... Raymond Westerling
Jonas Smulders ... Mattias Cohen
Abel van Gijlswijk Abel van Gijlswijk ... Charlie
Coen Bril ... Eddy Coolen
Reinout Scholten van Aschat Reinout Scholten van Aschat ... Tinus de Val
Jim Deddes Jim Deddes ... Werner de Val
Jeroen Perceval ... Janssen
Mike Reus Mike Reus ... Kamp Commandant Mulder
Joenoes Polnaija Joenoes Polnaija ... Samuel Manuhio
Denise Aznam Denise Aznam ... Gita Tamim
Peter Paul Muller Peter Paul Muller ... Majoor Penders
Huub Smit ... Luitenant Hartman
Putri Ayudya Putri Ayudya ... Myra
Lukman Sardi Lukman Sardi ... Bakar
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A young Dutch soldier deployed to suppress post-WWII independence efforts in the Netherlands' colony of Indonesia finds himself torn between duty and conscience when he joins an increasingly ruthless commander's elite squad.

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Drama | Thriller | War

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Trivia

The Dutch production shot for 2.5 months on location in Indonesia. The shoot was plagued by many complications: heavy rainfall caused river floods that washed away parts of the set; locations that were guaranteed to be safe were teeming with crocodiles; cast and crew got sick with typhus, food poisoning and sun strokes, and the director's assistant (the director's sister) was bitten by a scorpion. Calls to prayer coming from nearby mosques also caused constant disruptions, so most of the sounds and dialogues had to be redone in post-production. See more »

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The Dutch soldiers were not treated like Nazis coming home. Despite the were not treated with honor, the deeds been done up there (the bad deeds in this case) were long time unknown for the dutch civilians and not educated for years on schools. See more »

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A really good movie
13 May 2021 | by akropffSee all my reviews

Based on the stories my father told me is this mostly based on reality. It was an awful time he had for four years. As an MP he followed this man closely and saw the story unfold. It took him 40 years to tell this to me what happened. Thanks Jim and all the actors.


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Country:

Netherlands | Belgium | Indonesia | USA

Language:

Dutch | Indonesian

Release Date:

13 May 2021 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Java, Indonesia See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,590
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