This bracing World War II epic was the film that brought Verhoeven to Hollywood’s attention. It follows a group of college friends through the Nazi occupation of Holland, as two becomes heroes of the resistance movement, while another turns traitor. As usual, Verhoeven’s moral ambiguity and skewed sensibility keep things complicated: far from a patriotic flag-waver, Soldier of Orange is as knotty, subversive, and gonzo as war movies get (witness the hero performing a homoerotic tango), while demonstrating Verhoeven’s ability to balance action with involving human drama.
Director: Paul Verhoeven. AKA Soldier of Orange
Writers: Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema (book), Kees Holierhoek, Gerard Soeteman, Paul Verhoeven.
Stars: Rutger Hauer, Jeroen Krabbé, Susan Penhaligon, Edward Fox, Lex van Delden, Derek de Lint, Huib Rooymans, Dolf de Vries, Eddy Habbema, Belinda Meuldijk, Peter Faber, Rijk de Gooyer, Paul Brandenburg, Ward de Ravet, Bert Struys, Reinhard Kolldehoff, Andrea Domburg, Guus Hermus.
Cinematographer: Jost Vacano.
Composer: Rogier van Otterloo.
1980 Golden Globes – Nominated for Best Foreign Film.
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