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Black Book (2007)



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

Movie Info

"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.more
Rating: R (for some strong violence, graphic nudity, sexuality and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Verhoeven, Gerard Soeteman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 25, 2007
Box Office: $4.3M
Sony Picture Classics - Official Site


Carice van Houten
as Rachel Stein/Ellis D...
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
Diana Dobbleman
as Mrs. Smaal
Nolan Hemmings
as Captain British Inte...
Garrick Hagon
as British General
Ronald de Bruin
as Dutch SD in Train No...
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 Ro...
Gabriela Lewis
as Tour Guide
Rian Gerritsen
as Drunken Woman in Pri...
Susan Visser
as Drunken Woman in Pri...
Roni Yedid
as Daughter of Rachel R...
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
Jack Vecht
as Mr. Stein
Charlotte Rinnooy Ka...
as Tsjepkema Child
Maaike Kempeneers
as Tsjepkema Child
Janni Goslinga
as Lady in Fur Coat
Wimie Wilhelm
as Female Prison Guard
Diana Dobbelman
as Mrs. Smaal
Theo Maassen
as Prison Guard With Ba...
Seth Kamphuijs
as Brother Max
Tjebbo Gerritsma
as Prison Guard With Ac...
Herman Boerman
as Skipper Willi
Bert Luppes
as Mr. Tsjepkema
Garick Hagon
as British General
Jacqueline Blom
as Mrs. Stein
Menno van Beekum
as Dutch SD in Train # ...
Hugo Metsers
as Shock Trooper
Tomer Agami
as Son of Rachel Rosent...
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Critic Reviews for Black Book

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (45)

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

Full Review… | September 1, 2007
USA Today
Top Critic

Seven years after he disappeared with the whimper that was Hollow Man, Paul Verhoeven has returned with what may be his best film.

Full Review… | April 7, 2015
Stop Smiling

The handsomely mounted, heedlessly pulpy modernist World War II thriller that "The Good German" and "Valkyrie" failed to be - a dizzying rush of daring rescues, sexual intrigue, treachery, betrayal, gunfights, hasty conclusions and harrowing consequences.

Full Review… | September 25, 2010

It's the last thing a Verhoeven film should be: tasteful

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

A slick, thrilling, trashy, melodramatic and serialesque soap opera adventure which conceals the complex tale of moral ambiguity beneath.

Full Review… | April 18, 2008
Beyond Hollywood

While gleefully turning all prior war movie stereotypes on their heads, Verhoeven opts for the bizarre theory that ravishing designing women and lots of sex can change the course of world history.

Full Review… | March 6, 2008

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

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

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

Super Reviewer

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