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Black Book (2007)



Critic Consensus: A furious mix of sex, violence, and moral relativism, Black Book is shamelessly entertaining melodrama.

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"Black Book" tells the moving story of a young Jewish woman who joins the Resistance in The Hague and gets entangled in a deadly web of double-dealing and betrayal. It is is an epic thriller of great courage and fierce emotion--played out against the dying, explosive months of WW II.

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Carice van Houten
as Rachel Stein/Ellis De Vries
Sebastian Koch
as Ludwig Muntze
Thom Hoffman
as Hans Akkermans
Derek de Lint
as Gerben Kuipers
Waldemar Kobus
as Gunther Franken
Christian Berkel
as General Kautner
Peter Blok
as Van Gein
Ronald Armbrust
as Tim Kuipers
Marisa van Eyle
as Mrs. Tsjepkema
Heleen Mineur
as Steinte Tsjepkema
Timothy Deenihan
as Canadian Colonel
Nolan Hemmings
as Captain British Intelligence
Diana Dobbleman
as Mrs. Smaal
Ronald de Bruin
as Dutch SD in Train No. 1
Maiko Kemper
as Siegfried
Carsten Sasse
as German Sentry
Liza de Weerd
as Receptionist
Bas van der Horst
as Jantje Tsjepkema
Willem de Wolf
as Property Man
Oded Menashe
as Husband of Rachel Rosenthal-Stein
Gabriela Lewis
as Tour Guide
Rian Gerritsen
as Drunken Woman in Prison No. 1
Susan Visser
as Drunken Woman in Prison No. 2
Roni Yedid
as Daughter of Rachel Rosenthal-Stein
Dolf de Vries
as Notary Smaal
Skip Goeree
as Ronnie's Husband
Heleen Minuer
as Steinte Tsjepkema
Foeke Kolff
as Tsjepkema Child
Jobst Schnibbe
as Driver Muntze
Merel van Houts
as Tsjepkema Child
Charlotte Rinnooy Kan
as Tsjepkema Child
Jack Vecht
as Mr. Stein
Maaike Kempeneers
as Tsjepkema Child
Janni Goslinga
as Lady in Fur Coat
Diana Dobbelman
as Mrs. Smaal
Wimie Wilhelm
as Female Prison Guard
Theo Maassen
as Prison Guard With Baret
Tjebbo Gerritsma
as Prison Guard With Accordion
Seth Kamphuijs
as Brother Max
Herman Boerman
as Skipper Willi
Garrick Hagon
as British General
Bert Luppes
as Mr. Tsjepkema
Jacqueline Blom
as Mrs. Stein
Menno van Beekum
as Dutch SD in Train # 2
Hugo Metsers
as Shock Trooper
Tomer Agami
as Son of Rachel Rosenthal-Stein
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Critic Reviews for Black Book

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (43)

A hard-core war film with raw violence, intense action, graphic sexuality and a twisting plot that offers a series of surprises.

September 1, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4

Verhoeven never loses sight of the larger message -- that in those evil times, ordinary people were forced to do extraordinary, and even awful, things just to live long enough to tell their tale.

May 4, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

Paul Verhoeven's WWII drama stars the lovely Dutch actress Carice van Houten as a Jewish Resistance worker, and costars her breasts. All three deserve awards consideration.

April 30, 2007

The happy ending demands that [Verhoeven's] return-journey film -- Black Book -- be a rousing artistic triumph. It isn't. Too many of his lazy Hollywood habits have followed him home.

April 27, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Insanely entertaining -- and often just plain insane -- World War II melodrama. You may hate yourself in the morning, but you'll have to admit Verhoeven gives you a lot of bang for your buck.

April 27, 2007 | Rating: B+

Black Book doesn't let the grim facts of the Holocaust get in the way of some ripping pulp.

April 27, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Black Book


Paul Verhoeven has made some tremendous Science Fiction action films such as Robocop, Total Recall and Starship Troopers. With Black Book he does a significant departure from that genre, and directs quite possibly one of his most powerful films. This is a standout drama, a breath of fresh air from a director who has always seemed to make action films and Sci Fi films. If y6ou enjoy Verhoeven's work, but want something quite different, then Black Book i8s a great choice. Set during the Second World War, and follows the Dutch resistance as they infiltrate the local Gestapo headquarters, Black Book is a fine mix of drama and thrills and has enough twists to keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. This is a superbly acted film, and captivating and highly entertaining from start to finish. Black Book is a fine drama that is steadily paced, and it's a well layered film that doesn't have a single dull moment. Overall, it's a powerful picture, one that will stick with you long after you've seen it, and warrants multiple viewings as well. Verhoeven crafts something quite unique here, and it is a riveting drama, one of his finest yet, and considering that his last great movie was Basic Instinct (Starship Troopers was good, but it didn't compare to other previous works directed by Paul Verhoeven), Black Book is a richly detailed film, one that you can get thoroughly involved in, as it will leave you guessing into a tightly woven web of thrills. I would easily put this picture as one of Verhoeven's best, and it's a film that never ceases to amaze.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Verhoeven's look at a Jewish/Dutch woman's survival through the Nazi occupation of Holland is nothing less than an out and out valentine to Nederland herself, a knife cutting both ways about what it takes to survive, the sacrifices made, and living with yourself afterwards. I loved it.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The good "Once upon a time in the nazi occupied... Holland" as Tarantino jokingly called his WW2 Leone wannabe revenge epic fiasco. Unlike him, Paul Verhoeven wrote a better screenplay, intense and twisty, and his execution has much of what he is famous for, sex and violence showed in a fun, unashamed manner.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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