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De Aanslag (The Assault) (1986)

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The Dutch-filmed Assault was based on a novel by Harry Mulisch. Presented in a non-linear, flashback/flashword fashion, the film tells the story of a physician whose family was killed by the Nazis during World War II. This came about after the family's neighbors dragged the body of a dead collaborator to their doorstep. The doctor spends his entire adult life trying to find out why his neighbors had betrayed his family. At various isolated moments of political upheaval in Europe, the doctor comes closer and closer to the truth. During a 1984 anti-missile rally, the mystery is solved--and the answer is more complex than anyone back in 1945 had imagined. The hero's "growth" is thus placed in the context of the international turmoil of the four decades following the war. Marc van Uchelen plays the main character as a 12-year-old, while Derek de Lint portrays the adult physician. In a nicely underplayed symbolic touch, Monique van de Ven is cast in a dual role, playing de Lint's wife in the "present" scenes, and an older woman who is murdered by the Nazis because she shelters young van Uchelen in the flashback sequences. The Assault was the "best foreign film" Academy Award winner of 1987.

Cast

Marc van Uchelen
as Young Anton Steenwijk
Derek de Lint
as Anton Steenwijk
Monique van de Ven
as Saskia de Graaff/Truus Coster
John Kraaykamp
as Cor Takes
Huub van der Lubbe
as Fake Ploeg/His Father
Elly Weller
as Mrs. Beumer
Ina van der Molen
as Karin Korteweg
Frans Vorstman
as Father Steenwijk
Edda Barends
as Mother Steenwijk
Caspar de Boer
as Peter Steenwijk
Wim de Haas
as Mr. Korteweg
Hiske van der Linden
as Karin as a Young Girl
Piet de Wijn
as Mr. Beumer
Kees Coolen
as Gerrit-Jan
Eric van Heijst
as Mr. DeGraaff
Mies de Heer
as Elisabeth
Eric van Jeijst
as Mr. DeGraaff
Wilem van Ransum
as Prison Guard
Olliver Domnick
as SD Officer
Matthias Hell
as Sergeant
Frans Vorstmann
as Father Steenwijk
Ludwig Haas
as General
Les Wiertz
as Herring Dealer
Oliver Domnick
as SD Officer
Michel van Rooij
as Cor Takes as a Young Man
Guus Hermus
as Mr. van Lennep
Ab Abspoel
as Man in Cafe
Akkemay
as Sandra
Kenneth Oakley
as Westminster Abbey Guide
Amadeus August
as Haupsturmfuhrer
Nico Jansen
as Police Sergeant
Willem van Ransum
as Prison Guard
Guss Hermus
as Mr. van Lennep
Lex Wiertz
as Herring Dealer
Manon Alving
as Mrs. de Graaff
Karl Golusda
as Officer
Monique Spijker
as Servant Girl
Norman Longdon
as English General
Lisa Takacs
as Sandra as a Young Girl
Pierre Bokma
as Student
Kees Hulst
as Student
Krijn ter Braak
as Uncle Peter
Harold Bendig
as German Officer
Paula Petri
as Woman in window
Mike Bendig
as Fake Ploeg as a Boy
Anton Kothuys
as Narrator
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This engaging melodrama about the effects of Nazism on a young boy was the Netherland's nominee for the Foreign Langauge Oscar.

Full Review… | June 28, 2011
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