Black Book

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Director(s): Paul Verhoeven
Production: Sony Picture Classics
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 13 wins & 21 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
145 min

in the hands of the The Hague police.

They gave it to us.

-Us? Who's us?

Us are us. Be happy, that there's so

many good cops, in Holland.

I wanted to tell you one thing.

Hide. NOW.

Good night.

Wasn't I clear enough?

-You have to help me and Rob to go into hiding.

With 'us' you mean the resistance. You're

with them. So you can help us, right?

Maybe yes, but it's dangerous.

-We'll take that risk.

Please don't let us down.


There's an escape route, through the Biesbosch.

I can get you to liberated territory.

Cross country, NOW?

That's madness

In a few weeks the tommy's will

be here and Holland will be liberated

Your Tommy's have been cut

to pieces at Arnhem

come with me or,

take care of yourself

Wait. we'll come.

Be ready tomorrow, 2 'o' clock.

I'll pick you up-

Don't bring too much, but make sure

you can hold out for a while.

It's here. I'll wait on the corner.


-I'm here for the notary.

I am Rachel Stein.

follow me,

I will check for you.

(Mrs. Smaal:
) Wim, there's girl called Stein

here. Do you have a moment?

My husband can see you now.


- Rachel Stein.

My father said, to call for your

aid, whenever I'll be in trouble.

Every young lady, can call

herself Rachel Stein.

My parents and my little brother.

What can I do for you Rachel?

My hideout is blown up.

I have no papers, nothing.

I have a chance to cross

over to liberated area.


- Yes.

I will be needing money to


How much?

At least enough,

to last me a year.

100 grand?

No, that's impossible.

Half of it?

In dollars and jewels, if possible.

I don't want it to take up too much space.

You'll have to sign the receipt.

I have to justify this to your father

later on.

Do you know where my parents are?

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Gerard Soeteman

Gerard Soeteman (born 1 July 1936 in Rotterdam) is a Dutch screenwriter. He worked together with Paul Verhoeven on several films, such as Turkish Delight and Black Book. He also wrote the screenplay for The Assault, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1986. more…

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