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on 23 November 2017
I was disappointed by this film , I found it slow and plodding in parts and some of the acting was wooden. It was a long film but it did nt satisfactorily explore the complexities of the German occupation of The Netherlands, focussing mostly on some friends who became resistance fighters and portraying them in a Boy`s Own way. I think it avoided delving into the reasons behind some difficult issues such as the Queen`s flight to England or the motivations of those who collaborated or simply got on with their lives.
It is well made , Rutger Hauer is immensely charismatic as the lead and is well supported by Edward Fox. It does not shy away from depicting torture and it does refer to the persecution and deportation of Jewish people.
Overall it was an ok war drama but it would have been better with a sharper political edge and a less romantic view of the main protagonists.
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on 26 October 2014
This is not a mainstream Hollywood blockbuster movie, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Starting with a languid crowd of wealthy undergraduates, it tracks how they all fare through World War II. Some even ending up on opposite sides? The soundtrack presents in Dutch German and English with sub-titles for those who do not have the language skills.

It was a great watching experience,
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on 14 May 2007
Despite being made in the 1970s, before he became famous, this is by far the best Paul Verhoeven film I have ever seen. Based on an autobiographical account, it chronicles the fate of six Leiden University students (one of them Jewish, one of them half-German) after the Germans invade, concentrating on the experiences of Rutger Hauer's character, who eventually becomes an ADC to Queen Wilhelmina. A lot of Verhoeven's concerns in other films are evident here, notable unpleasant violence, betrayal within the Resistance (not surprisingly given the Dutch experience - if I remember rightly much of the Resistance was compromised by German intelligence fairly early on) and women getting their tops off, but unlike 'Black Book' the story is relatively plausible and, like 'Black Book', the period atmosphere is, barring a few errors, pretty good.

British viewers will be glad to know that a significant part of the middle of the film is in English (with Edward Fox and Susan Penhaligon as a British and his ATS aide), and that the subtitling is, apart from one whopping great mistake, decent.

One of the better war films of the 1970s, I heartily recommend this film to anyone interested in the war, Holland or the careers of Verhoeven or Hauer.
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on 3 April 2016
Disappointing ,most characters appear miscast and unconvincing, a somewhat benign portrayal of the Dutch occupation in WW2. Overall my rating of this film would be anodyne in most respects.
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on 15 August 2016
It's a Dutch film about the WW2 encounter.
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on 13 October 2015
An excellent production with great acting. The film is based on an autobiography and gives some interesting insights into the era when The Netherlands was attacked and occupied by Germany. The story details both resistance fighters and collaborators and the personal risks involved. It is a gripping story based on actual events and makes good viewing.
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on 13 November 2016
excellent movie.
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on 8 December 2016
Good
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on 13 February 2015
Good telling of the occupation in Holland, with humour and action. Touches on many aspects of the occupation including the German seizure of Dutch push bikes. Deals with collaboration, both forced and voluntary, but like many war retellings does not deal with shifting public attitudes to the occupiers as Germany's fortunes waxed and waned.
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on 15 August 2015
Not bad war film Rutger makes the film
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