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Bride Flight (2008)

R | | Drama | 10 June 2011 (USA)
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A romantic drama that charts the lives of three women from different backgrounds, forever changed when they emigrate to New Zealand as war brides.

Director:

Ben Sombogaart

Writer:

Marieke van der Pol (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karina Smulders ... Ada van Holland
Pleuni Touw Pleuni Touw ... Old Ada
Anna Drijver ... Esther Cahn
Willeke van Ammelrooy ... Old Esther
Elise Schaap ... Marjorie Mullin
Petra Laseur Petra Laseur ... Old Marjorie
Waldemar Torenstra Waldemar Torenstra ... Frank de Rooy
Rutger Hauer ... Old Frank
Micha Hulshof Micha Hulshof ... Derk Visser
Mattijn Hartemink Mattijn Hartemink ... Hans Doorman
Walter Bart Walter Bart ... Leon
Hans Man in 't Veld Hans Man in 't Veld ... Vicar
Rawiri Paratene ... Old Mosie
Rob Mokaraka Rob Mokaraka ... Mosie
Mykola Allen Mykola Allen ... Bobby Doorman
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Storyline

In 1953, a flood adding to the aftermath of World War II swells the numbers of Dutch emigrants. On a KLM flight to New Zealand, part of a race from London, Frank, who lost his family and colonial estate in the Japanese occupation and Indonesian civil war of Independence, meets some virtual mail order brides. Ada van Holland becomes his lover before confessing she's already married by proxy to gloomy Calvinist Derk. Jewish concentration-camp survivor Esther dodges her engagement for a fashion career and discreetly has her son Bobby adopted by infertile Marjorie, who did everything else right with husband Hans. Over the years, some of their paths cross again, and all of the survivors meet at Frank's funeral. Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

A forbidden love. An impossible choice. A secret past.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a strong sex scene and some graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Netherlands | Luxembourg

Language:

Dutch | English

Release Date:

10 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bruidsvlucht See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,044, 12 June 2011

Gross USA:

$501,360

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,173,494
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rutger Hauer's first role in a Dutch full-length motion picture after 28 years. See more »

Goofs

When Ada holds her baby daughter, her head is covered during most shots, but during the opposing shots when she sneezes and when Derk takes her, her head is suddenly bare. See more »

Quotes

[after walking up a hill to their house, Ada finds a horrible bunker]
Ada: It's a bunker.
Derk: They were afraid of an invasion by the Japs. The land is owned by the county but the bunker is ours.
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Referenced in Ron Goossens, Low Budget Stuntman (2017) See more »

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Miracle
Written by Ilse DeLange (as Ilse Delance) and Sacha Skarbek
Performed by Ilse DeLange (as Ilse Delance)
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A simple but solid and well acted drama with flair for locale and historic atmosphere.
19 October 2008 | by ericjakobs-1See all my reviews

On paper the story of Bride Flight might be told in 5 sentences but it's all executed in a convincing fashion with a keen and convincing eye for locale and historic atmosphere. The movie is about three women that fly to find their future in New Zealand in the fifties. On the plane is a man that will influence and tie their lives together in an unforeseen manner. The strength of the movie lies in the characters and the convincing way they are portrayed. Waldemar Torenstra is very convincing as the charismatic and Deanesque Frank that makes the other male characters (but not their performers) pale in comparison. Karina Smulders is delicious with her big naive gazing eyes. In fact the whole cast turns in solid performances and the young and old versions of the characters are very much in line with each other. All in all it's not an epic movie like "de Tweeling", director Ben Sombogaard previous movie, but it increasingly takes you by the throat as the story unwinds and relationships become clearer. A pity we did not see more of Rutger Hauer though.


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