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

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller, War  |  18 May 2007 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 13 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
General Käutner
Dolf de Vries ...
Notary Wim Smaal
Peter Blok ...
Van Gein
Ronald Armbrust ...
Tim Kuipers
Frank Lammers ...
Xander Straat ...


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


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

18 May 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Book  »

Box Office


$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£166,362 (UK) (19 January 2007)


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

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Ja Das ist Meine Melodie
Composer: Werner Bochmann
Author: Bruno Balz
Performed by Carice van Houten
Publisher: Edition Turicaphon AG
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User Reviews

Excellent WWII thriller
15 September 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Saw it at Toronto Int. Film Festival with Paul Verhoeven and Carice van Houten on stage. This movie has Verhoeven's trademark stamp all over it. It's evident this film was a more personal project for him. Non stop action and good acting, especially from the lead actress, Carice van Houten. I've seen other films (American and French) about Resistance fighters during WWII, but non of them gripped me by the throat like this one. I admit Verhoeven is at times a bit heavy-handed, especially the sound effects of German machine guns, but the story never sags. It's a "By the seat of your pants" type of movie. After you leave the theater, the impact of the story stays with you for days. Go and see it when it comes to your local cinema in North America. I highly recommend it.

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