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Soldaat van Oranje

Category: 32
All Genres: Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
Release Year: 1977
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Runtime: 165
Rating: (0)
Languages: Dutch, English, German
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Sound: Mono

  • Time to take to the road, for a quiet little drive in the country…or not.
  • "What we have here is a total lack of respect for the law!"
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  • Meet Bo Darville, aka, "The Bandit." Smokies (Cops) hate him. Guys dig him. And even girls can't get enough of him!

  • Writing by: Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema – book "Soldaat van Oranje '40-'45"
    Kees Holierhoek – writer
    Gerard Soeteman – writer
    Paul Verhoeven – writer

    Produced by: Rob Houwer – producer

    Cast: Rutger Hauer – Erik Lanshof
    Jeroen Krabbé – Guus LeJeune
    Susan Penhaligon – Susan
    Edward Fox – Colonel Rafelli
    Lex van Delden – Nico
    Derek de Lint – Alex
    Huib Rooymans – Jan Weinberg
    Dolf de Vries – Jack Ten Brinck
    Eddy Habbema – Robby Froost
    Belinda Meuldijk – Esther
    Peter Faber – Will Dostgaarde

    Music: Rogier van Otterloo
    Official Website: Visit Website

    Plot Outline: This film depicts World War II through the eyes of several Dutch men. It covers the beginning of the war…
    Plot: This film depicts World War II through the eyes of several Dutch men. It covers the beginning of the war, the Nazi occupation and the liberation. It has resistance fighters, Nazi collaborators, torture by the Gestapo and nekkid boobs. The film manages to be both entertainment and a very serious and patriotic portrayal of the role of Holland in WWII.

    Movie Quotes:“>English officer gives Gus a cyanide pill]
    English officer: Should anything go wrong, cyanide.
    Gus: What flavor? Orange or lemon?

    Crazy Credits: We know about 1 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
    Special thanks to John Mitchell and his Johnstown Jets.

    Goofs: We know about 4 goofs. Here comes one of them:
    Anachronisms: The tanks which appear in the Russian scene (1943 or 1944) are Leopard tanks of the Dutch army, first built in 1965.

    Trivia: There are 7 entries in the trivia list – like these:

    • Cost the equivalent of $2.5 million to produce, making it the most-expensive Dutch film made at the time.
    • Director Paul Verhoeven originally wanted Derek de Lint to play Erik Lanshof, the title character. He had previously directed Rutger Hauer in the Dutch television series "Floris" (1969) and the film Turks fruit (1973) and did not think Hauer was right for the lead in this picture. De Lint read for Lanshof several times, but Verhoeven never quite got the performance out of de Lint he was looking for. He then decided to give Hauer a try. Hauer surprised Verhoeven by giving a very strong reading, with the result that Verhoeven cast him as Erik and de Lint as Alex.
    • In the opening scene, mock newsreel footage shows Queen Wilhelmina (Andrea Domburg) and her aide-de-camp, Erik Lanshof (Rutger Hauer) arriving in the Netherlands after the country's liberation at the end of the Second World War. The footage is intercut with genuine footage, shot by American and Dutch cameramen, of the real Queen Wilhelmina, accompanied by her real aide-de-camp, Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema, the author of the book on which the film is based. To make the mock newsreel appear even more authentic, the filmmakers convinced the man who had done the voiceover work for genuine postwar Dutch newsreels to come out of retirement and provide the voiceover for the opening sequence. The airport being showed is the airport of Teuge (which is still in use today)and is situated between the towns of Apeldoorn and Twello. Near the entrance of the airport is a plaque commemorating the event of the Queen returning to Holland.

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