De overval

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Summary

War film about a raid on a prison in Leeuwarden in 1944.

On December 8 1944, a number of Frisian resistance fighters raided a prison in Leeuwarden and, without loss of blood, freed dozens of prisoners, among them several leaders of the Leeuwarden resistance and a police inspector. For some of the prisoners, severely weakened by torture, the raid came just in time. De overval paints a sober and unromantic picture of this heroic deed.

The film, made by Paul Rotha and Kees Brusse who worked on the film as a dialogue director and actor, was an immediate box office hit. Within weeks a million people had seen the film. The press named De overval the best post-war Dutch film. It was also successful internationally.

Information

original title
De overval
foreign release title
The Silent Raid
production year
1962
censorship date
01-12-1962
first screening
20-12-1962
country
Netherlands
geographical names
category
Fiction
genre
applicant inspection
director
person (on screen)
producer
production company

Images

Cast

Actor

Crew

Technical notations

runtime
102
original length
2670
censorship length
2670
sound
Sound
colour
Black and white
format
35mm

Resources

Centrale Commissie voor de Filmkeuring (Nationaal Archief; CCFK E1823)

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