The Assault (film)

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The Assault
The Assault poster.jpg
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 date(s) 6 February 1986 (Netherlands)
6 February 1987 (U.S.)
Running time 144 minutes
Language Dutch

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).


During the Second World War Anton Steenwijk's family is killed by the Nazis, after they discover the corpse of a collaborator in front of the Steenwijk residence, executed by the Dutch resistance. The story moves between the end of the Second World War and the 1980s, following Steenwijk's quest for truth.


The film won the 1986 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Golden Space Needle of the Seattle International Film Festival.


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