Kellys Heroes


Category: War
All Genres: War, Action, Comedy
Release Year: 1970
Country: USA, Yugoslavia
Runtime: 144
Rating: 7.3 (0)
Languages: English, French, German
Director: Brian G. Hutton
Sound: 70 mm 6-Track, Stereo
Taglines:

  • Never have so few taken so many for so much.
  • They set out to rob a bank… and damn near won a war instead!

  • Writing by: Troy Kennedy-Martin – (written by) (as Troy Kennedy Martin)

    Produced by: Sidney Beckerman – producer
    Gabriel Katzka – producer
    Irving L. Leonard – associate producer
    Harold Loeb – producer (uncredited)

    Cast: Clint Eastwood – Pvt. Kelly
    Telly Savalas – MSgt. Big Joe
    Don Rickles – SSgt. Crapgame
    Carroll OConnor – Maj. Gen. Colt
    Donald Sutherland – Sgt. Oddball (tank commander)
    Gavin MacLeod – Moriarty (tank crewman)
    Hal Buckley – Capt. Maitland
    Stuart Margolin – Pvt. Little Joe
    Jeff Morris – Pvt. Cowboy
    Richard Davalos – Pvt. Gutowski
    Perry Lopez – Pvt. Petuko

    Music: Lalo Schifrin
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    Plot Outline: A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure.
    Plot: During World War II a German Colonel is captured by the Americans but before he can be interrogated an artillery barrage hits the camp. However, Ex-Lieutenant Kelly manages to reach the Colonel, get him drunk and learn that he is on a secret mission to ship $16,000,000 of gold to a base in France. Kelly is determined to get the gold and plans for himself and a few of his fellow soldiers to slip into enemy territory and steal the bullion.

    Crazy Credits: We know about 2 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
    At the end of the credits there is the following paragraph: This film is dedicated to the enduring memory of Jane Oliver

    Goofs: We know about 33 goofs. Here comes one of them:
    Revealing mistakes: When Kelly and the guys pick up the boxes of gold at the in the bank, the boxes appear to weigh nothing at all. The boxes can be seen being tossed around as if they were empty.

    Trivia: There are 11 entries in the trivia list – like these:

    • Director Brian G. Hutton was forced to make a number of cuts to suit the then MGM boss James T. Aubrey.
    • Donald Sutherland became seriously ill during filming on location in Yugoslavia. His wife received a telegram telling her to come immediately but warning her that he would probably be dead before she arrived.
    • John Landis was a production assistant on this film. He also appears as an extra (he was one of the three nuns).


Villa Rides


Category: War
All Genres: War, Western
Release Year: 1968
Country: USA
Runtime: 125
Rating: 6.1 (0)
Languages: English
Director: Buzz Kulik
Sound: Mono
Taglines:

  • Villa rages! Villa lusts! Villa kills! VILLA RIDES!

  • Writing by: Robert Towne – (screenplay) and
    Sam Peckinpah – (screenplay)
    William Douglas Lansford – (adaptation)
    William Douglas Lansford – (novel "Pancho Villa")

    Produced by: Ted Richmond – producer

    Cast: Yul Brynner – Pancho Villa
    Robert Mitchum – Lee Arnold
    Maria Grazia Buccella – Fina (as Grazia Buccella)
    Charles Bronson – Rodolfo Fierro
    Herbert Lom – Gen. Victoriano Huerta
    Robert Viharo – Urbina
    Frank Wolff – Ramirez
    Alexander Knox – President Francisco Madero
    Diana Lorys – Emilita
    Bob Carricart – Don Luis
    Fernando Rey – Fuentes

    Music: Maurice Jarre
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    Plot Outline: Four 1950s icons meet in the same hotel room and two of them discover more in common between them than they ever anticipated.
    Plot: Mexican rebel Pancho Villa lead a revolution helped by an American aviator imprisonned in Mexico.

    Crazy Credits: We know about 1 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
    A film by the organization

    Goofs: We know about 1 goofs. Here comes one of them:
    Crew or equipment visible: When the tractor driver is pulled away from the flesheaters coffin, the wire that pulls him back is clearly visible.

    Trivia: There are 2 entries in the trivia list – like these:

    • Sam Peckinpah wrote the original script and was set to direct, but Yul Brynner didnt like the script because it made Pancho Villa – a man who had given standing orders to shoot all prisoners – “look like a bad guy”. Peckinpah was fired and his script was rewritten by Robert Towne to conform to Brynners idea of what Villa was like.
    • One of the extras in the film, playing a Mexican guerrilla girl, is Turkish singer Seyyal Taner. She would later receive notoriety for scoring no points in the 1987 Eurovision song contest.


Battle of the Bulge


Category: War
All Genres: War, Action, Drama
Release Year: 1965
Country: USA
Runtime: 167
Rating: 7.4 (0)
Languages: English, German
Director: Ken Annakin
Sound: 70 mm 6-Track
Taglines:

  • Unlike anything youve ever seen before
  • The last desperate fight that changed the course of history.
  • The Epic Adventure of the Clash that Turned the Tide of World War II
  • Unlike anything you have seen before, as Cinerama hurls you into the most extraordinary days of World War II!

  • Writing by: Bernard Gordon – front Philip Yordan
    John Melson – writer
    Milton Sperling – writer
    Philip Yordan – front for Bernard Gordon

    Produced by: Sidney Harmon – executive producer
    Milton Sperling – producer
    Philip Yordan – producer
    Dino De Laurentiis – executive producer (uncredited)

    Cast: Henry Fonda – Lt. Col. Daniel Kiley
    Robert Shaw – Col. Martin Hessler
    Robert Ryan – Gen. Grey
    Dana Andrews – Col. Pritchard
    George Montgomery – Sgt. Duquesne
    Ty Hardin – Lt. Schumacher
    Pier Angeli – Louise
    Barbara Werle – Elena
    Charles Bronson – Maj. Wolenski
    Hans Christian Blech – Cpl. Conrad
    Werner Peters – Gen. Kohler

    Music: Benjamin Frankel
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    Plot Outline: In the winter of 1944, the Allied Armies stand ready to invade Germany at the coming of a New Year. To prevent this occurrence…
    Plot: In the winter of 1944, the Allied Armies stand ready to invade Germany at the coming of a New Year. To prevent this occurrence, Hitler orders an all out offensive to re-take French territory and capture the major port city of Antwerp. “The Battle of the Bulge” shows this conflict from the perspective of an American intelligence officer as well as from a German Panzer Commander.

    Crazy Credits: We know about 1 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
    Early in the opening credits we see the words “a hamon cheimafflo film”. The letters of the two middle words then rearrange themselves, one “o” slipping off the side of the screen, to form the name of director Michael Hoffman.

    Goofs: We know about 30 goofs. Here comes one of them:
    Anachronisms: The German Tiger tanks and American Sherman tanks were actually American tanks from the Korean War era. Most Sherman tanks were scrapped after the war, and the remaining Tiger tanks are in museums.

    Trivia: There are 9 entries in the trivia list – like these:

    • This film was denounced by former President (and Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during WW2) Dwight D. Eisenhower soon after its release in a press conference due to its glaring historical inaccuracies.
    • The character of the German Colonel was first intended to be the real life Panzer officer Joachim Peiper, the youngest man in the Nazi Army to be make the rank of full colonel (SS-Standartenfьhrer, the direct SS equivalent to an Oberst or full colonel in the German army). However, since Peiper, a protйgй of Reichsfьhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler , the head of the Schutzstaffel (SS) and the second most powerful man in Germany after Adolf Hitler, was promoted to the ran at the age of 29. However, as he was still living at the time the film was produced and was still a committed Nazi, his character was quickly changed to a fictitious Regular German Army officer, so as not to give Peiper any connection to the film or risk a libel suit. It was Peipers unit of the Waffen-SS, Kampfgruppe Peiper of the 1st SS Division, Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (German for “Adolf Hitlers Bodyguard Regiment”) that was responsible for the Malmedy massacre of American prisoners depicted in the film. After the War, he was convicted of war crimes and sentenced to death. The sentence was commuted by the American Occupation Force as the trial had been fraught with illegalities, and he served only 11 years in prison, despite having perpetrated war-crimes on both the Eastern and Western fronts. Peiper was assassinated at his home in France, likely by French communists, in 1976.
    • The name of the song that the Germans sing is “Panzerlied”. However, only the first four lines of the song are actually sung.


Petit soldat, Le


Category: War
All Genres: War, Drama
Release Year: 1963
Country: France
Runtime: 88
Rating: 8.1 (0)
Languages: French
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Sound: Mono
Taglines:

  • Warner Bros. thunderous story of the men of the merchant marine!

  • Writing by: Jean-Luc Godard – writer

    Produced by: Georges de Beauregard – producer

    Cast: Michel Subor – Bruno Forestier
    Anna Karina – Veronica Dreyer
    Henri-Jacques Huet – Jacques
    Paul Beauvais – Paul
    László Szabó – Laszlo
    Georges de Beauregard – Activist Leader
    Jean-Luc Godard – Man at Railway Station
    Gilbert Edard – (uncredited)

    Music: Maurice Leroux
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    Plot Outline: During the Algerian war for independence from France, a young Frenchman living in Geneva who belongs…
    Plot: During the Algerian war for independence from France, a young Frenchman living in Geneva who belongs to a right-wing terrorist group and a young woman who belongs to a left-wing terrorist group meet and fall in love. Complications ensue when the man is suspected by the members of his terrorist group of being a double agent.

    Crazy Credits: We know about 1 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
    Prior to the opening credits being shown, statistics about American campus shootings are displayed onscreen set to shots of the canyons of the Southwest.

    Goofs: We know about 8 goofs. Here comes one of them:
    Crew or equipment visible: Control wires for the German sub model are visible in the underwater shots.

    Trivia: There are 1 entries in the trivia list – like these:

    • The film was actually completed in 1960, and was Jean-Luc Godards second film after À bout de souffle (1960). It was shelved for three years by the French censors.


Action in the North Atlantic


Category: War
All Genres: War, Drama, Romance
Release Year: 1943
Country: USA
Runtime: 126
Rating: 8.1 (0)
Languages: English, German
Director: Lloyd BaconByron HaskinRaoul Walsh
Sound: Mono
Taglines:

  • Warner Bros. thunderous story of the men of the merchant marine!

  • Writing by: A.I. Bezzerides – additional dialogue
    W.R. Burnett – additional dialogue
    Guy Gilpatric – story "Heroes Without Uniform"
    John Howard Lawson – screenplay

    Produced by: Jerry Wald – producer
    Jack L. Warner – executive producer

    Cast: Humphrey Bogart – Lt. Joe Rossi
    Raymond Massey – Capt. Steve Jarvis
    Alan Hale – Boats OHara
    Julie Bishop – Pearl
    Ruth Gordon – Mrs. Jarvis
    Sam Levene – Chips Abrams
    Dane Clark – Johnnie Pulaski
    Peter Whitney – Whitey Lara
    Dick Hogan – Cadet Robert Parker
    Louis Adlon – German Ensign (uncredited)
    Iris Adrian – Jenny OHara (uncredited)

    Music: Adolph Deutsch William Lava
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    Plot Outline: Lieutenant Joe Rossi is 1st Officer on a Liberty Ship in a great convoy bound from Halifax to Murmansk…
    Plot: Lieutenant Joe Rossi is 1st Officer on a Liberty Ship in a great convoy bound from Halifax to Murmansk. After German subs crushed the convoy his ship loses the convoy and is heading alone to Murmansk. In spite of attacks by German planes and subs he get the ship safely to Murmansk…

    Crazy Credits: We know about 1 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
    Prior to the opening credits being shown, statistics about American campus shootings are displayed onscreen set to shots of the canyons of the Southwest.

    Goofs: We know about 8 goofs. Here comes one of them:
    Crew or equipment visible: Control wires for the German sub model are visible in the underwater shots.

    Trivia: There are 2 entries in the trivia list – like these:

    • Director Lloyd Bacons contract with Warner Bros. expired during production. Jack L. Warner told him, “Finish the picture and well talk about it,” but Bacon wasnt willing to continue without a contract. Warner fired him and brought in Byron Haskin to finish the film.
    • When shooting the scene early in the movie, when their characters abandoned ship from their burning tanker, Humphrey Bogart and Raymond Massey got into a friendly argument over who had the better stunt double. In the end, the two stars decided to do away with their stunt doubles altogether and wound up doing the stunt themselves.


Tobruk


Category: War
All Genres: War, Drama
Release Year: 1967
Country: USA
Runtime: 107
Rating: 8.1 (0)
Languages: English, German, Italian, Arabic
Director: Arthur Hiller
Sound: Mono
Taglines:

  • 83 men started the mission! Only 4 survived!
  • What they did that day will be remembered for all time!

  • Writing by: Leo Gordon – (written by) (as Leo V. Gordon)

    Produced by: Gene Corman – producer

    Cast: Rock Hudson – Maj. Donald Craig
    George Peppard – Capt. Kurt Bergman
    Nigel Green – Col. John Harker
    Guy Stockwell – Lt. Max Mohnfeld
    Jack Watson – Sgt. Maj. Jack Tyne
    Norman Rossington – Alfie
    Percy Herbert – Dolan
    Liam Redmond – Henry Portman
    Heidy Hunt – Cheryl Portman
    Leo Gordon – Sgt. Krug
    Robert Wolders – Corporal Bruckner

    Music: Bronislau Kaper
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    Plot Outline: September 1942 – With Erwin Rommels Afrika Korps on the march through Egypt, a British special forces unit…
    Plot: September 1942 – With Erwin Rommels Afrika Korps on the march through Egypt, a British special forces unit, composed of German Jews who serve with the British despite the mutual resentment between both, kidnap a Canadian officer who is an expert topographer and who is held prisoner by the Vichy French in Algeria. The officer, Donald Craig, must negotiate a company of British and German-Jewish commandos through 800 miles of the Sahara to aide a pending amphibious landing against Tobruks massive fuel storage base – a mission that sees one impediment after another, and which discovers an undetected German armored force ready to win the battle of Egypt.

    Crazy Credits: We know about 1 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
    Prior to the opening credits being shown, statistics about American campus shootings are displayed onscreen set to shots of the canyons of the Southwest.

    Goofs: We know about 1 goofs. Here comes one of them:
    Revealing mistakes: When Capt. Bergman attacks and kills the sentry, blood is visible on his right (knife) hand before he stabs the sentry.

    Trivia: There are 4 entries in the trivia list – like these:

    • Rock Hudson replaced Laurence Harvey.
    • American M3 halftracks, with skillfully altered bodies, impersonate German SdKfz 7s, which were much larger machines.
    • Portions of the film were edited into the 1971 Richard Burton film Raid on Rommel (1971).


Run Silent Run Deep


Category: War
All Genres: War, Action, Drama
Release Year: 1958
Country: USA
Runtime: 93
Rating: 4.3 (0)
Languages: English, Japanese
Director: Robert Wise
Sound: Mono
Taglines:

  • Gable and Lancaster make the seas boil in the battle adventure that hits like a torpedo!

  • Writing by: John Gay – (screenplay)
    Edward L. Beach – (novel "Run Silent, Run Deep") (as Commander Edward L. Beach)

    Produced by: Harold Hecht – producer
    William Schorr – associate producer

    Cast: Clark Gable – Cmdr. Rich Richardson
    Burt Lancaster – Lt. Jim Bledsoe
    Jack Warden – Yeoman 1st Class Mueller
    Brad Dexter – Ens. Gerald Cartwright
    Don Rickles – Petty Officer 1st Class Ruby
    Nick Cravat – Russo
    Joe Maross – Chief Kohler
    Mary LaRoche – Laura Richardson
    Eddie Foy III – Larto
    Rudy Bond – Petty Officer 1st Class Cullen
    Jimmy Bates – Jessie (uncredited)

    Music: Franz Waxman
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    Plot Outline: A U.S. sub commander, obsessed with sinking a certain Japanese ship, butts heads with his first officer and crew.
    Plot: The captain of a submarine sunk by the Japanese during WWII is finally given a chance to skipper another sub after a year of working a desk job. His singleminded determination for revenge against the destroyer that sunk his previous vessel puts his new crew in unneccessary danger.

    Crazy Credits: We know about 1 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
    For the last time (?) on the screen Music by Michel Legrand

    Goofs: We know about 10 goofs. Here comes one of them:
    Revealing mistakes: In one underwater shot you can see the side of the water tank.

    Trivia: There are 6 entries in the trivia list – like these:

    • Albert Salmi was first choice for the role of Mueller, but dropped out due to a personality clash with Clark Gable.
    • Frank Gorshin was originally due to test for the role of Officer Ruby but refused to fly to the testing. Instead he drove and was involved in an accident, leaving him with a fractured skull. After 4 days in hospital he awoke to find the role had been given to Don Rickles.
    • The destroyer Cmdr. Richardson (Clark Gable) is obsessed with finding, the “Akikaze”, was an actual Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer. She was commissioned on September 16, 1920, and was quite old for ship standards by the time World War II began. As such, she was used as a fast troop transport and convoy escort. On November 3, 1944 she was escorting the carrier “Junyo” and light cruiser “Kiso” toward Brunei in the Philippines. The American submarine “U.S.S. Pintado (SS-387)” attacked the formation and fired torpedoes at the “Junyo”, but the “Akikaze” deliberately intercepted the torpedoes intended for the carrier, causing her to blow up and sink with her entire crew of 148 officers and men.


633 Squadron


Category: War
All Genres: War, Drama
Release Year: 1964
Country: USA, UK
Runtime: 102
Rating: 5.6 (0)
Languages: English, German
Director: Walter Grauman
Sound: Mono, Stereo
Taglines:

  • In the 21st Century, its gonna take one man and his blades to save the world from another man…and HIS blades.
  • Better say your prayers, boy… theyre coming.

  • Writing by: James Clavell – (screenplay) and
    Howard Koch – (screenplay)
    Frederick E. Smith – (novel)

    Produced by: Cecil F. Ford – producer
    Lewis J. Rachmil – executive producer

    Cast: Cliff Robertson – Wing Cmdr. Roy Grant
    George Chakiris – Lt. Erik Bergman
    Maria Perschy – Hilde Bergman
    Harry Andrews – Air Vice Marshal Davis
    Donald Houston – Group Capt. Don Barrett
    Michael Goodliffe – Squadron Leader Frank Adams
    John Meillon – Flight Lt. Gillibrand
    John Bonney – Flight Lt. Scott
    Angus Lennie – Flying Officer Hoppy Hopkinson
    Scott Finch – Flying Officer Bissell (as Scot Finch)
    John Church – Flying Officer Evans

    Music: Ron Goodwin
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    Plot Outline: An RAF squadron is assigned to knock out a German rocket fuel factory in Norway,, which is part of the Nazi effort to lauch rockets on England during D-day, by flying up a well-defended fjord at low level.
    Plot: 633 Squadron has enjoyed an unqualified string of successes. Their luck changes when they are assigned to bomb a German rocket fuel plant, in Norway which is guarded by heavy anti-aircraft defences, and the plant is considered bomb-proof. Their nearly impossible mission is further complicated by a German air raid, the difficult approach to the target and the capture and torture of the underground leader who is assisting the squadron.

    Crazy Credits: We know about 5 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
    This picture is not endorsed by or affiliated with any of the following: Rowlett High School, Rowlett Track, CSU, Xavier, Playboy Enterprises Inc., Abercrombie & Fitch, Leisure, If It Swells Ride It, I [Heart] NY, Pirate Cove Surf Shop, ASU

    Goofs: We know about 5 goofs. Here comes one of them:
    Anachronisms: At the beginning, as the squadron returns from a mission, a blue Land Rover can be seen in front of an airport building. Land Rover began production in 1947.

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

    • Four of the De Havilland Mosquitos seen in this film were airworthy and three could taxi on the ground. The same crash at Abindon Airfield, U.K., shot from a different angle, was used with matte painting (by Tommy Howard (IV)s Special Effects team) to look like it was crashing in Norway. No shooting was done in Norway in fact. For “Norway” scenes, the mountains of Scotland were pressed into service.
    • The German “fighters” were actually 4-seat Messerschmitt 108 “Taifuns,” painted to look like Me-109 fighters.
    • Cliff Robertson, an accomplished pilot, wanted to buy one of the Mosquitoes after filming had finished, as he was so impressed with the type. He was not permitted to do this but he later bought a Spitfire Mk IX which he owned until the late 1990s.


Paisà


Category: War
All Genres: War, Drama
Release Year: 1946
Country: Italy
Runtime: 125
Rating: 8.1 (0)
Languages: Italian, English, German, Sicilian
Director: Roberto Rossellini
Sound: Mono
Taglines:

  • Blood like fuel.

  • Writing by: Sergio Amidei – (story) (as S. Amidei) &
    Klaus Mann – (story) (as Klauss Mann) &
    Federico Fellini – (story) (as F. Fellini) &
    Marcello Pagliero – (story) (as M. Pagliero) &
    Alfred Hayes – (story) (as V. Hayes) and
    Vasco Pratolini – (story) uncredited
    Sergio Amidei – screenplay and dialogue &
    Federico Fellini – screenplay and dialogue &
    Roberto Rossellini – screenplay and dialogue &
    Rod E. Geiger – writer (as Rod Geiger) and
    Annalena Limentani – English dialogue (as A. Limentani)

    Produced by: Rod E. Geiger – producer
    Roberto Rossellini – producer
    Mario Conti – producer (uncredited)

    Cast: Carmela Sazio – Carmela (episode I: Sicilia)
    Robert Van Loon – Joe, the American soldier (episode I: Sicilia)
    Benjamin Emanuel – An American soldier (episode I: Sicilia)
    Raymond Campbell – An American soldier (episode I: Sicilia)
    Harold Wagner – Harry, a German soldier (episode I: Sicilia)
    Albert Heinze – A German soldier (episode I: Sicilia)
    Merlin Berth – Merlin, an American soldier (episode I: Sicilia)
    Mats Carlson – Swede, an American soldier (episode I: Sicilia)
    Leonard Parrish – An American soldier (episode I: Sicilia) (as Leonard Penish)
    Dots Johnson – American MP (episode II: Napoli) (as Dots M. Johnson)
    Alfonsino Pasca – Pasquale (episode II: Napoli) (as Alfonsino)

    Music: Renzo Rossellini
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    Plot Outline: Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice…
    Plot: Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice. Communication is fragile. A woman leads an Allied patrol through a mine field; she dies protecting a G.I., but the Yanks think she killed him. A street urchin steals shoes from a G.I. who tracks him to a shanty town. A G.I. meets a woman the day Rome is liberated; in six months they meet again: hes cynical, shes a whore. A US nurse braves the trip across the Arno into German fire in search of a partisan she loves. Three chaplains, including a Jew, call on a monastery north in the Apennines. Allied soldiers and partisans try to escape capture in the marshes of the Po.

    Crazy Credits: We know about 1 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
    We see Melanie and Andrea spend the money on Mallorca during the credits.

    Goofs: We know about 1 goofs. Here comes one of them:
    Revealing mistakes: When the one-armed snake-fist contestant is on the ground fending off his opponent during the tournament, his “missing” hand is visible.

    Trivia: There are 2 entries in the trivia list – like these:

    • The monks in the fifth episode were authentic Franciscan monks from the Maiori convent, near Salerno
    • The film is divided in six episodes simply called Episode I, Episode II etc. The action of the six different stories takes place, respectively, in Sicily (Episode I), Naples (Episode II), Rome (Episode III), Florence (Episode IV), a monastery in the Appenine Range (Episode V), Porte Tolle in the Po delta (Episode VI).


Soldaat van Oranje


Category: War
All Genres: War, Drama, Thriller
Release Year: 1977
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Runtime: 165
Rating: 7.2 (0)
Languages: Dutch, English, German
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Sound: Mono
Taglines:

  • The ultimate address for a dream.

  • 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.

    Crazy Credits: We know about 1 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
    During the opening credits, we see a bowl of grapes rotting as each name comes on the screen.

    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 6 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 countrys 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.