Soldier of Orange 1977 ***


Before he went to Hollywood for Robocop and Basic Instinct, Paul Verhoeven was on a roll in his native Holland, and his five collaborations with actor Rutger Hauer all stand up vividly today. Soldier of Orange is the story of a group of students and their adventures during WWII, with Hauer’s Erik alongside Jeroen Krabbe as Guus, Derek de Lint as Alex and Dolf de Vries as Jack, with Edward Fox and Susan Penhaligon attest to the presence of some British production money. Verhoeven can be relied upon for battles, violence, sex and vigorous storytelling, and Soldier of Fortune provides him with the materials he needs to fashion a historically sensible epic of life during wartime.


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