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

Black Book

Israel, October 1956

We will now make a short stop in what is called a kibbutz

Be back in the bus in 15 minutes.

Enjoy your visit.

(Ronnie) I'll make a photograph.

You are disturbing the lesson.

You may watch, but not make pictures.

I speak hebrew.

But you speak dutch?

Aren't you Ellis de Vries

from The Hague?


El... What are you doing here?

I live here, this is my country.

-Are you jewish?

What are you doing in Israel?

accompanying my husband.

Him, with that collar.

George. He suddenly 'got religion'.

Because of the war, the doctor says.

a lot of Jesus and no sins like that.

It's nice and quiet at night.

The last man i saw you with,

wasn't he a Canadian

That's him .

That's my Canadian.

George. A friend from Holland,

from the war.

How the hell did you end up here?

Next stop is Kapernaum.

This is where Jesus performed his

first healing miracle.

Bye sweetheart. I'll write.

I'll send pictures. Bye Ellis.

Rachel Rosenthal.

I am married.

Write down, Rachel Rosenthal


De kibbutz Stein.

-Shalom.That's what it's called isn't Shalom?


Holland, September 1944

And Jesus said..

Light of the world...

light of life...

Jantje. Stientje. You're up today.

- Good morning, mrs. Tjepkema.

- Good morning.

Good morning, children.

Good morning, miss

-Good morning, Rachel

We promised not to say Rachel anymore,

remember? Never

It's clearing up. Tonight

I want the stables clean.

alright, boss.

At your seats, go.

Father, could you do a prayer?

Our guest probably learned

a new text.

Good, close your eyes.

And jesus spoke again to them:

I am the light of the world.

Who will follow me, shall not

walk in darknes...

...but will have the light of life.



Beautiful, and no slip of the tongue.

Stientje, give her a plate.

If the jews had listened to Jesus...

...then they wouldn't have had

all this suffering. Then again...

please begin.


Hey, you there, girl.

English music is forbidden.

But not for naked girls

You're not funny. You scared me.

I thought you were a kraut.

How can I make it up to you?

Have me on the boat.

A ciggarette like that, i'd like as well.


What's that crazy guy doing?

-Getting rid of ballast, so he can ascend.

Get down.

What are you going to do?

-That's my hideout.

Wait. look:

You can't go back, come.

(unknown voice)

enjoy your meal, boy.

) Hey, take it easy, boy.

# there's always one beneath the sun

# who's bound to make you feel that way

That voice on the record...

That's you.

-That was me.

In the old days. Before the war.

First you sing,

then you have to keep your mouth shut.

Here, my dad caught these for us.

That's sweet of him.

Will you light the stove?

Nice thing.

-You can keep it.


-a souvenir for you who saved me

How sweet.

Thank you.

With a positive side effect.

-What do you mean?

Now I don't have to spit anymore bible texts

to get any food.


A car.

It's a gasoline engine.

Miss Stein?

Rachel Stein?

I know you're here.

The germans have found your pass

at the burnt out farm.

Helmsman Maalderink, the krauts know

you were in the neighbourhood.

They wrote down the number of your sail.

Says who?

Come on.

one plus one is two, even for the krauts.

a hidden jewish woman


...and the only sailor around to

help is you.

What are you doing here?

-To warn you.

Soon the SD will come and arrest her

for transport to Poland.

And you and your family, will be

put in jail, for aiding jews.

How did this news reach you?

The police report of the krauts landed

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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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