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The Black Book 2006 Subtitles

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(200) IMDb 7.8/10

Set in WW2, Rachel's family is murdered by the Nazis. Suspecting they've been double crossed, she adopts a new identity and joins the Resistance to discover who betrayed them. Using her womanly wiles, she infiltrates the German officers but finds the real enemies are not the most obvious.

Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch
2 hours, 19 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Thriller, International, Historical
Director Paul Verhoeven
Starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch
Supporting actors Thom Hoffman, Halina Reijn, Waldemar Kobus, Derek de Lint, Christian Berkel, Dolf de Vries, Peter Blok, Michiel Huisman, Ronald Armbrust, Frank Lammers, Matthias Schoenaerts, Johnny de Mol, Xander Straat, Diana Dobbelman, Rixt Leddy, Lidewij Mahler, Pieter Tiddens, Gijs Naber
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 May 2007
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A movie which is both highly entertaining and thought provoking, Black Book is about the most Hollywood-like movie to ever come out of Europe. Paul Verhoeven returned to Holland after 20 years to make this epic (in Dutch and German for the most part) about the Dutch resistance in WW II.

Carice van Houten is magnificent in a role which I expect she will always be remembered. She can switch from whimsy to intensity, and passion to despair, and still hold your attention through the whole journey. It's a long journey too, about 2 and a half hours. And yet, the action, plot twists, and crucially the characters, keep you engaged throughout. Scratch that - not just engaged - on the edge of your seat. If there is a downside, it is that as so often with Paul Verhoeven's US output, with all the bright colours, frequent nudity and non stop action, we are almost voyeurs of the occupation, rather than growing to despise it.

The lush saturated colours and technical perfection are holdovers from the highly produced style Verhoeven perfected in America with Basic Instinct and Total Recall amongst others. And yet, while all the style and technical elements scream Hollywood, there is a European sensibility here when it comes to the story and characters. The characters are never ciphers but enter into real shades of grey. Sebastian Koch's Gestapo Chief Muentze is a delight - a Gestapo Chief who collects stamps, has a conscience.. and is perhaps even someone with whom the heroine can fall in love with.

There are underlying ideas here being explored - what would you be prepared to do? When is killing another person right.. is it still murder when it is the right thing to do?
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62 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Ian Roe on 22 May 2007
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This has to be one of the best Non-English WWII action/drama films I have seen. The acting, costumes and special affects not to mention the overall ambience were excellent. Even though mainly in Dutch, German Hebrew and English were mixed in and I found myself understanding the conversations without constantly being glued to the subtitles.

The heroine shows such gutsy determination to endure and not give in to despair when all around is collapsing - without giving too much away; I was particularly impressed with the script for her lover towards the end of the movie - a German not making a 'cut and run' at wars end? a nice twist.

With so many twists and turns this should keep any war film buff happy for a couple of hours. Although the heroine is saved from many near death incidents (one or two a bit implausible) overall having rented this first I have since added it to my owned collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IP TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 May 2015
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This is the film Inglorious Bastards could have been, if Quentin Tarantino had been more interested in plot and character than self-indulgent film references. Paul Verhoeven's Black Book (2006) is a stylish, creative war thriller, a Resistance tale mixing a well-crafted story with moral ambiguities and striking action scenes. Oh, and there's Carice Van Houten too.

Rachel Stein (Carice Van Houten) is a young Jewish woman living in Nazi-occupied Holland. After her host family is killed by a German bomber, she enlists the help of Resistance member Van Gein (Peter Blok) to flee with her family to Belgium. However, their boat is ambushed by SS troops under Franken (Waldemar Kobus). Rachel survives and joins a resistance cell headed by Kupiers (Derek de Lint), dying her hair blonde and taking the name Ellis de Vries. Rachel then becomes the secretary to, and mistress of, Captain Muntze (Sebastian Koch), the local Gestapo leader. A variety of double-crosses ensue: Rachel learns that a Resistance colleague set up the ambush that killed her family, a rescue of Dutch prisoners goes badly awry, Muntze negotiates with the Dutch without authority, and Franken tricks the Resistance into thinking Rachel is a double-agent. And that's all before the war ends.

Black Book is perfectly-crafted escapism. It lacks the realism of, say, Army of Crime, but makes up for it with a deliciously complicated plot. Moral ambiguity is taken to an extreme: aside from the hateful and greedy Franken, all of the characters are complicated.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. G. Reid on 6 Feb. 2008
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My wifes comments about this movie might strike a chord with some of you reading this review.

"Oh no, not a foreign language war film" as the opening scene reveals subtitles.

"Brilliant - have a look through the special features " she comments as the credits roll at the end.

There seems to be a common misconception that a foreign film with subtitles will fail to be entertaining.

'Black Book' is an excellent story and shows that in war time the lines drawn between friend and foe can become blurred. Its impossible to hate people you should hate if you experience the humanity within and its equally impossible to love those close to you when they betray your trust.

Well acted and directed and a refreshing viewpoint.
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