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Soldier of Orange (1977)

Soldaat van Oranje (original title)
During World War II, 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 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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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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Trivia

Although this is the most successful Dutch movie of all time, and was voted in 2006 the best as well, it wasn't included in the aesthetic canon of Dutch cinema, to many's indignation. See more »

Goofs

When the Mosquito taxies out to bomb Germany it goes past a 1950s Avro Shackleton MR3 long-range maritime patrol aircraft. 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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Alternate Versions

Dutch TV version "Voor koningin en vaderland" features an alternate ending. Instead of freezing on the two characters at the window, the scene cuts to the next morning. Erik Lanshof (Rutger Hauer) is still in uniform and walking onto the beach. He gets in his jeep and drives along the sand while the main theme starts to play. As he disappears down the beach, the camera then pans right looking over the ocean and the rising sun. The credits roll. See more »

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Referenced in De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #6.19 (2015) See more »

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A look inside the wartime OSS
15 May 2004 | by LONESOLOSee all my reviews

SOLDIER OF ORANGE is a film about a group of friends who encounter the occupation of Holland by the Germans in different ways. The film splits up it's time dealing with the stories of the friends and that of one of them who becomes a high ranking member of the OSS and close political ally to the queen of Holland. The film, set during WW2, is even handed in it's approach. SOLDIER OF ORANGE is a unusual film and was made with a high degree of quality. The film goes for a sense of realism not often seen in cinema, the film,made in Holland is in dutch yet in the sequences in england it is in English. I recommend this film to WW2 buffs and fans of art-house cinema alike. Both groups will be pleased as will foreign film fans who can be assured of finding something worthwhile.


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Country:

Netherlands | Belgium

Language:

Dutch | English | German

Release Date:

16 August 1979 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

NLG5,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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