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A true story about a Flemish resistance warrior.

Director:

Robbe De Hert
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Werner De Smedt Werner De Smedt ... Gaston
Mapi Galán Mapi Galán ... Veronique
Stuart Laing Stuart Laing ... Harry
Oliver Windross Oliver Windross ... Doug
Peter Firth ... Major Smith
Christian Crahay Christian Crahay ... Hachez
Olivia Williams ... Nicky
Lukas Smolders Lukas Smolders ... Louis
Clive Swift ... General James
Marilou Mermans Marilou Mermans ... Farmer's wife
René van Asten René van Asten ... Van der Waals
Sylvia Kristel ... Miep Visser
Stefan Perceval ... German soldier
Gert Jan Dröge Gert Jan Dröge ... Cohen
Serge Marechal Serge Marechal ... Frenchman
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Gaston Vandermeerssche is a young, resourceful Flemish action hero of the Belgian resistance during World War II: he coaches surviving allied pilots trough occupied Belgium and France to Spain so they can regain England, each time a dangerous adventure as their poor mastery of local languages and customs add to the ever-present risks of trying to outsmart the Nazi troops and Gestapo agents. After a mess-up in the coordination from London he himself gets caught by the dreaded secret police for ruthless interrogation... Written by KGF Vissers

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A Story of Courage and Betrayal

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

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Flawed, but satisfying
7 December 2000 | by bioscoopzaalSee all my reviews

Gaston's War is based on the well-known novel by Allan Mayer, and directed by Flemish director Robbe De Hert (who also directed Blueberry Hill, another period-flick). The film is supposed to be the real life story of a young Flemish resistance fighter called Gaston Vandermeerssche. He was in the underground-resistance movement during the German occupation of Belgium. The film stars off pretty tense, but starts to lose it's momentum toward the end. The narrative sometimes feels a bit shoddy, but that is no surprise when one considers the fact that director De Hert had a big bust-up with his producers about the final cut. Unfortunately the film suffers from this quarrel. The final cut feels like a 'compromise' between two visions, which is a shame, because with a bit more tweaking, this film could have truly been great. Now it merely is a flawed, but all together a satisfying Flemish film.


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Country:

Denmark | Belgium | Netherlands

Language:

Dutch | English | German | French | Spanish

Release Date:

23 October 1997 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Gaston háborúja See more »

Filming Locations:

Ardennes, Wallonia, Belgium See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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