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Black Book (2006)
"Zwartboek" (original title)

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In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.

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Storyline

Israel 1956. Rachel, a Jew, rather unexpectedly meets an old friend at the kibbutz where she is working as a teacher. It brings back memories of her experiences in The Netherlands during the war, memories of betrayal. September 1944. Rachel is in trouble when her hiding place is bombed by allied troops. She gets in contact with a man from the resistance and joins a group of Jews who are to be smuggled across the Biesbosch by boat to the freed South Netherlands. Germans from a patrol boat murder them all however. Only Rachel is able to escape. She is rescued by a resistance group under the leadership of Gerben Kuipers. When Kuipers' son is captured after trying to smuggle weapons, he asks Rachel to seduce SS-hauptsturmführer Ludwig Müntze. Soon she will find out the attack in the Biesbosch wasn't a coincidence. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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resistance | hiding | boat | escape | nazi | See more »

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To fight the enemy, she must become one of them.

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Rated R for some strong violence, graphic nudity, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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14 September 2006 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Black Book  »

Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$112,521 (USA) (6 April 2007)

Gross:

$4,398,392 (USA) (17 August 2007)
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Trivia

Director Paul Verhoeven and screenwriter Gerard Soeteman got the idea for the movie while doing research for Soldier of Orange (1977). Instead of simply working the controversies surrounding the Dutch Resistance into the already top-heavy screenplay of Soldaat van Oranje, they decided to make a separate movie out of it. Verhoeven and Soeteman wrote the screenplay over a period of almost 20 years, and they finally solved many script problems by making the main character a woman. See more »

Goofs

During the gala party held at German headquarters, the drummer is playing a natural wood-finish Premier (British) drum set manufactured in the 1980's-1990's. A period drum set from the mid 1940's would probably have been a white-pearl finish and the drum sizes, hardware and positioning would have been altogether different. See more »

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Rachel Stein aka Ellis de Vries: I never knew this would happen. To fear the liberation...
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Referenced in De wereld draait door: Episode #2.4 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Ich Tanze mit Dir in den Himmel Hinein
Music: Friedrich Schröder
Lyrics: Hans Fritz Beckmann
Performed by Carice van Houten and Waldemar Kobus
(c) 1937 by Ufaton-verlagsgesellschaft mbH
(BMG Music Publishing Germany), Munich
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Why there's no exact line between good or bad...
30 October 2006 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

When I read all the comments about Zwartboek, it becomes clear to me that either you like the movie or you kind of hate it. What is that with good and bad that we want to make an exact line... This whole movie is about not knowing if you can do bad things (kill, betray or whatever) to achieve the good. Or the other way around off course. I must admit that the movie is (again) explicit, but aren't all the Dutch movies? What strikes me most is that some people expect to get a movie in which everything is clear. I think this is a movie which should set us to thinking: what would I do if I were in the same situation. Paul Verhoeven made clear with this movie that in the end, lots of people act for their own prosperity. It's just what you make people around you believe... I think in lots of countries people acted like this, none of the countries however dared to make a movie out of it. To me this movie is again (as Soldaat van Oranje and for instance De Tweeling)a beautiful one about WWII without getting boring. A smart story with two faces. Although some of the actors don't really fit into a masterpiece like this, I give it a great compliment. Get over the explicit name calling (ever seen Pulp Fiction??) and appreciate the scenery and nice camera-work, the great plot change and you'll have a great time and may even reconsider your own ideas about the resistance!


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