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Soldier of Orange (1977)

Soldaat van Oranje (original title)
During WWII, Dutch students join the resistance movement against the German occupation of the Netherlands.

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Paul Verhoeven
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rutger Hauer ... Erik Lanshof
Jeroen Krabbé ... Guus LeJeune
Susan Penhaligon ... Susan
Edward Fox ... Colonel Rafelli
Lex van Delden Lex van Delden ... Nico
Derek de Lint ... Alex
Huib Rooymans Huib Rooymans ... Jan Weinberg
Dolf de Vries Dolf de Vries ... Jack Ten Brinck
Eddy Habbema Eddy Habbema ... Robby Froost
Belinda Meuldijk Belinda Meuldijk ... Esther
Peter Faber Peter Faber ... Will Dostgaarde
Rijk de Gooyer ... Gestapo-man Breitner
Paul Brandenburg Paul Brandenburg ... SS Lt. Thelen
Ward de Ravet Ward de Ravet ... Resistance Leader
Bert Struys Bert Struys ... Resistance Leader
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Storyline

This film depicts World War II through the eyes of several Dutch students. It follows them through the beginning of the war, the Nazi occupation and the liberation. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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They began and ended with a toast. In between was one hell of a war. See more »

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Netherlands | Belgium

Language:

Dutch | English | German

Release Date:

16 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soldier of Orange See more »

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Budget:

NLG5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer 'Rob Houwer' made a heavily re-edited version of the movie for the foreign market, without director 'Paul Verhoeven''s prior knowledge. According to Verhoeven, this truncated version, re-titled 'Survival Run', missed almost an hour worth of footage, leaving only action scenes with very little exposition or historical context, and was dubbed by British actors using ridiculous European accents. Houwer actually preferred this version over the original cut, and it would probably have become the most wide-known international version, had it not been for the efforts of Dan Ireland. Ireland knew Verhoeven's prior works, and had already screened the original version for a film festival, which he found sufficiently impressive to show to Steven Spielberg. This led to the American distributor requesting the original cut over the re-edited version, which was subsequently nominated for a Golden Globe. Verhoeven still credits Ireland with saving his future career in the United States. See more »

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The harbor minesweepers have post-war NATO registration numbers. See more »

Quotes

Geisman: Did you write that?
Erik Lanshof: Sir, yes sir.
Geisman: What did you write that with?
Erik Lanshof: Sir, with shit, sir.
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Paul Verhoeven's War Movie
1 March 2003 | by Alex-372See all my reviews

Soldaat van Oranje is Paul Verhoeven's war movie, one that already shows his early leaning towards grungy realism - graphic torture, debased human nature and plenty of bare boobies - which is why it had a pretty mixed reception when it came out here in Holland.

This story is told from the point of view of a number of well to do Leiden University students. For clarification, very few people before the war had the finances to go to university.

Highlighting some now internationally famous Dutch actors - Rutger Hauer, Derek de Lint, Jeroen Krabbé as well as locally known actors like Belinda Meuldijk, Rijk de Gooyer and this is also a showcase of acting talent during the seventies and early eighties. British seventies actors Susan Penhaligon and Edward Fox (A Bridge Too Far) also have interesting performances.

Based on the memoirs of Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema (Erik Lanshof in the movie), this is a reasonably realistic and truthful recounting of war and resistance during world war two. Roelfzema, a genuine war hero, first joined the student resistance, then the SOE, then joined the RAF and finally became an adjudant (aide) to queen Wilhelmina. He is still spritely and alive, living in Hawaii with his English wife.

It is also pretty unique as it features what must be cinema's first and only drive-by-shooting from a bicycle. And one with wooden tires at that. And a great yarn too. It has heroism and cowardice, loyalty and betrayal, relativism, principles and pragmatism. Recommended.


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