The Assault (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Fons Rademakers|
|Produced by||Fons Rademakers|
|Written by||Gerard Soeteman|
|Starring||Derek de Lint
Marc van Uchelen
Monique van de Ven
|Music by||Jurriaan Andriessen|
|Cinematography||Theo van de Sande|
|Edited by||Kees Linthorst|
|Distributed by||Cannon Films|
|Release dates||6 February 1986 (Netherlands)
6 February 1987 (U.S.)
|Running time||144 minutes|
The Assault (Dutch: De aanslag) is a 1986 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Harry Mulisch. The film was directed and produced by Fons Rademakers. The main character is played by both Derek de Lint (in the present) and Marc van Uchelen (as a youth), whereas Monique van de Ven plays two different roles, one in the present (his wife) and one in the past (a woman who participated in the assault and whom he meets later the same night in a dark police cell).
In early 1945, as the Second World War is winding down, the Netherlands remain under Nazi occupation. One night, a Nazi collaborator is shot dead while riding down the street. The family whose house he falls down in front of moves him in front of the neighboring house, where the Steenwijk family lives. The Nazis, assuming that the Steenwijks killed the collaborator, execute the parents and older brother. They imprison the younger brother, Anton. The other person in his cell is an older woman. Anton can see only her mouth. She spends the next few minutes comforting him until he is removed from the cell.
After the Netherlands are liberated from Nazi occupation, Anton remains shaken by what has happened. The story moves between the end of World War II and the 1980s, following Steenwijk's quest for truth.
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