Michiel de Ruyter (film)

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Michiel de Ruyter
Michiel de Ruyter film poster.jpg
Dutch film poster
Directed by Roel Reiné
Produced by Klaas de Jong
Starring Frank Lammers
Barry Atsma
Egbert-Jan Weber
Release date
  • 26 January 2015 (2015-01-26) (world premiere)
  • 29 January 2015 (2015-01-29) (Netherlands)
Running time
130 minutes[1]
Country Netherlands[1]
Budget € 8 million

Michiel de Ruyter (Dutch pronunciation: [miˈxil də ˈrœy̯tər]) is a 2015 Dutch film about the 17th-century admiral Michiel de Ruyter directed by Roel Reiné. The film had its world premiere in the Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam on 26 January 2015[2] and has been released in cinemas in the Netherlands on 29 January 2015.[3] On the English promotional website, the film has the title Admiral.[4]


Director Roel Reiné (center, wearing a hat) with cast and crew members at the film set in 2014

First choice for the title role was Yorick van Wageningen, but he couldn't come to a financial agreement with the producers.[5] On 9 May 2014, the full cast was presented to the press.[6]

The actors in starring roles are:

Other actors are:


Film set of Michiel de Ruyter near Lelystad in the Netherlands with the frigate Shtandart

The film was directed by Roel Reiné and produced by Klaas de Jong.[2] It had a budget of 8 million euro.[9] Among the film locations are Zeeland, Texel, the Wadden Sea, and the Ridderzaal.[5]


Prior to its release, several protest groups had accused the film of glorifying the colonial history of the Netherlands.[2] References to colonialism in the film are however almost absent. The film makes a minor reference to the Dutch East India Company, which contributed highly to the welfare in the 17th century in the low countries, and to the trading vessels which were protected by the navy under Michiel de Ruyter. The film's main subjects — apart from Michiel de Ruyter himself — are the internal politics of the country,[10] including the brutal murder of Johan de Witt[11] and the complicated relationship with England, up to the engagement of the Dutch prince of Orange with Mary II.[12]


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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h (in Dutch) Michiel de Ruyter (2015), Film Totaal. Retrieved on 27 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b c (in Dutch) "Meer protest tegen Michiel de Ruyter", De Telegraaf, 2015. Retrieved on 25 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e (in Dutch) Tweede trailer Nederlands epos 'Michiel de Ruyter', Film Totaal, 2014. Retrieved on 22 January 2015.
  4. ^ Admiral. Retrieved on 30 January 2015.
  5. ^ a b (in Dutch) "Frank Lammers speelt Michiel de Ruyter in biopic", De Telegraaf, 2014. Retrieved on 25 January 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i (in Dutch) "Volledige cast Michiel de Ruyter bekend", De Telegraaf, 2014. Retrieved on 27 January 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h (in Dutch) "Lieke van Lexmond 'flink ingesnoerd' voor film Michiel de Ruyter", Algemeen Dagblad, 2014. Retrieved on 27 January 2015.
  8. ^ (in Dutch) Jeroen Wielaert, "'Met De Ruyter trots op Nederland'", NOS, 2015. Retrieved on 27 January 2015.
  9. ^ (in Dutch) Alexander Bakker, "Telegraaf Michiel de Ruyter-race gaat van start!", De Telegraaf, 2015. Retrieved on 25 January 2015.
  10. ^ Trouw about the subject of the film (in Dutch)
  11. ^ NRC about the subject of the film (in Dutch)
  12. ^ RTLnieuws about the ball for the engagement (in Dutch)
  13. ^ (in Dutch) Gouden Film voor Michiel de Ruyter Archived 2015-02-08 at the Wayback Machine., Nederlands Film Festival, 2015. Retrieved on 8 February 2015.
  14. ^ (in Dutch) "Platina film voor Michiel de Ruyter", Het Parool, 2015. Retrieved on 8 May 2015.

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