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Based on real events, Soldier of Orange tells the story of Dutchman Erik Lanshof (a star-making performance by Rutger Hauer) and a small group of students as they struggle to survive the Nazi occupation to the end of the Second World War. The destinies of the characters range from joining the German army to making for England, the OSS, and the Resistance. Across a canvas lasting almost three hours, director Paul Verhoeven unfolds a saga of friendship, espionage, and romance with almost documentary realism--though not as graphically violent as his later American films, the torture scenes are intense--crafting a deeply affecting film widely regarded as the greatest ever made in Holland. Comparable recent films such as Enigma (2001) and Charlotte Gray (2002) do not come close. Hauer is brilliant at the heart of what is a detailed and thoughtful drama made with integrity and passion. Twenty years later in 1997, Verhoeven made Starship Troopers, a satirical science-fiction companion to this modern European classic. --Gary S. Dalkin

DVD Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Paul Verhoeven
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Still Gallery
  • Talent Bios

Cast

Edward Fox
Rutger Hauer
Jeroen Krabbe

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Paul Verhoeven
  • Producer: Anchor Bay
  • Length: 156 mins
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.66:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 16, 1979
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 24, 2001
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