Black Book (2006)
Zwartboek (original title)

145 min-Drama | Thriller | War- 14 September 2006 (Netherlands)
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In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.


Paul Verhoeven


Paul Verhoeven, Gerard Soeteman


Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch and Thom Hoffman | See full cast and crew


Israel 1956. Rachel, a Jew, rather unexpectedly meets an old friend at the kibbutz where is she working as a teacher. It brings back memories of her experiences in The Netherlands during the war, memories of betrayal. September 1944. Rachel is in trouble when her hiding place is bombed by allied troops. She gets in contact with a man from the resistance and joins a group of Jews who are to be smuggled across the Biesbosch by boat to the freed South Netherlands. Germans from a patrol boat murder them all however. Only Rachel is able to escape. She is rescued by a resistance group under the leadership of Gerben Kuipers. When Kuipers' son is captured after trying to smuggle weapons, he asks Rachel to seduce SS-hauptsturmführer Ludwig Müntze. Soon she will find out the attack in the Biesbosch wasn't a coincidence. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

Resistance | Hiding | Boat | Nazi | Escape  |


To fight the enemy, she must become one of them.


Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence, graphic nudity, sexuality and language See all certifications

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Release Date:


Also Known As:

La lista negra

Filming Locations:

's-Gravenhage, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Box Office


$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€682,184 (Netherlands) (17 September 2006) (90 Screens)


$10,058,486 (Netherlands) (27 May 2007)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fu Works, Egoli Tossell Film, Clockwork Pictures
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first Paul Verhoeven movie in 23 years to feature a full frontal nude man. This was quite commonplace in Verhoeven's Dutch films, but due to the movie rating system being much more strict in the USA, the practice was abandoned.


Continuity: When the underground people sit around the table listening to the two Nazis, Carice's cigarette goes from having a little piece of ash, to a long piece and back to a short piece again.


Rachel Stein aka Ellis de Vries: They're working off a list. Of Jews with money. They murder them.
Gerben Kuipers: How do you know all this?
Rachel Stein aka Ellis de Vries: Because I was set up myself! Because I've seen my entire family be slaughtered!


Referenced in "De wereld draait door: Episode #2.4" (2006)


"Ich bin die fesche Lola"
Music by Friedrich Hollaender (as Friedrich Hollaender)
Lyrics by Robert Liebmann
Performed by Carice van Houten
(c) 1930 by Ufaton-verlagsgesellschaft mbH (BMG Music Publishing Germany), Munich

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