Michiel de Ruyter war movie
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Michiel de Ruyter war movie

Michiel de Ruyter (2015, Netherlands)

Original / alternative title: Admiral

Categories: naval battle movies navy movies sailing ships movies political movies raid movies

Michiel de Ruyter

Director: Roel Reine

Czas: 130 minut

Laguages: English

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2018-07-29 / 2018-07-29

The portrait of Dutch admiral Michiel de Ruyter, who challenged the English navy in 17th century and saved his country independence during a difficult time for Netherlands.

In 17th century Dutch Republic was in constant siege - after they regained their independence from Spain England was trying to force Dutch merchants out of the most profitable routes, which lead to an open war. While their fleet was consisting mostly of the armed merchant ships it was clear that English blockade of Dutch coast will be hard to lift. In the battle of Scheveningen their most respected admiral, Maarten Tromp, is killed and Dutch Republic is forced to sign peace treaty. Grand Pensionary Johan de Witt decides that Dutch fleet needs a complete reform and finds a man, who could handle it, experience Michiel de Ruyter. Unfortunately de Ruyter turns the offer down, feeling that not being of aristocracy he would not gain the respect of his men. Also he promised his wife Anna that his fighting days are over. But de Witt was persistent since the other candidate was arrogant Cornelis Tromp, son of the deceased Admiral Tromp, and de Ruyter finally agrees to take over the command of the navy. Quickly he realizes that the reform of the navy is inevitable - he demands bigger warships that would match the power of the English, but also he introduced more rigorous tactics and signal flags system to control the units during the battle. Soon the tensions between Dutch Republic and England lead to another war.

War movie about Dutch admiral Michiel de Ruyter and his role in the Dutch independence during 17th century. While mostly accurate and rather impressive in reconstruction of the naval battles of the era, also showing the complicated political situation, film in some parts moves away from the historical facts and enters into realms of fantasy. On one hand we have impressive action scenes, but on the other some facts of de Ruyter’s life were changed or parts of it omitted. Nevertheless it is a impressive production that is worth a look.

Our rating


Film value

8 / 10

Realism factor

5 / 5

Adventure factor

4 / 5

Historical accuracy

3 / 5

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Cast of Michiel de Ruyter

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Frank Lammers

as Michiel de Ruyter

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Barry Atsma

as Johan de Witt

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as Anna de Ruyter

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as Charles II

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as William III

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Roeland Fernhout

as Cornelis de Witt

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as Cornelis Tromp

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Rutger Hauer

as Maarten Tromp

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as Van Ginneken

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Derek de Lint

as Kievit

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Colin Mace

as Admiral Monck

Events depicted in Michiel de Ruyter

Anglo-Dutch Wars (1652-1784) Battle of Scheveningen (31 Jul 1653) Four Days’ Battle (1 Jun 1666) Raid on the Medway (9 Jun 1667)

Michiel de Ruyter trivia

Four Days Battle

Although the movie shows Four Days Battle as the first time de Ruyter met with English fleet as admiral, in reality he undertook two campaigns before that battle (on western coast of Africa and on Caribbean Islands).

Themes in Michiel de Ruyter

British navyDutch navy

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