The Assault

Synopsis: In January 1945, during the 2nd world-war, the Dutch resistance kills a collaborator in the street where the 12 year old Anton Steenwijk lives. The man was shot in front of his neighbors house, but is moved by them to the house of the family Steenwijk. Because of this, his father, mother and brother are killed by the Germans, and their house is set to fire. During his life, Anton meets several people that tell him more about what really happened on the night of the assault.
Director(s): Fons Rademakers
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins.
144 min

and the laborious battle of soldiers

getting in a fight.

How beautiful.

- Yes, very.

Especially if you work on it for 1.5 hours.

You don't realize that yet.

A traditional education.

It will be of use to you for

the rest of your life.

With the exception of some small


Wie lacht niet, die de mens beziet.

What does that refer to?

- Nothing.

Sunt pueri pueri pueri

puerilia tractant.

'Children are children, and

children do childish things.'

We will go to bed soon.

- It's not even curfew yet.

We don't have a lot of carbid anymore.

- I want green.

You think you will win sooner then?

- Yes.

We will see about that.

- Well, are we still playing?

Let's throw and see who starts.

- Me.

Someone is shot.

- Peter, here. Stay here.

It's Fake Ploeg.

- Tonny, move away from that window.

Dead as a doornail, if you ask me.

- Ploeg?


God damnit.

- Hey, calm down a little.

The Krauts will get us now.

We didn't do anything.

- They don't care.

What are you going to do?

- Put him at Mrs. Beumer.

Better the old woman than us.

- How dare you?

Why should he lay at our place then?

- You say something, Willem.

A few seconds later

and he would have laid at her place.

Yes, but that's not the case.

He wasn't laying here either,

yet that's the case now.

I'm gonna put him back.

- You're playing with your life.

Not me, you.

Stay here.

You're all crazy.

Retards, all of you.

Hold it, don't move.

Hands up.

What's that?

Are they shooting at Peter?

Where is he?

- Round the back.


Peter, sonny boy?

What should we do now?

Maybe he hid himself somewhere.

Why don't you wake up finally.

They're shooting at Peter.

Maybe he's already been hit.

Forgive me, Thea.

Forgive me.

It has gone well for so long

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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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