EN - 1944. The American troops are surprised by the speed of the Von Rundstedt’s assault and they try to retreat as fast as possible. Mike, an American soldier, who slept through everything, awakes alone. After meeting the young Belgian Richard, they flee from the enemy together. When they are faced with a German soldier and his driver, they kill him and take his driver as a prisoner. The enemies are united in this unbelievable situation and learn to appreciate each other.

FR - 1944. Les troupes américaines sont surprises par la vitesse de l’assaut du Von Rundstedt et elles essaient de se retrancher aussi vite que possible. Mike, un soldat américain qui dormait pendant l’évènement, se réveille seul. Après sa rencontre avec Richard, un jeune Belge, ils fuient l’ennemi ensemble. Lorsqu’ils font face à un soldat allemand et son chauffeur, ils tuent le soldat et prennent son chauffeur comme prisonnier. Les ennemis sont unis dans cette situation incroyable et apprennent à s’apprécier.


Title The Enemies
Original title De vijanden
Original language English, German, French, Dutch
Status Completed
Category Features
Year 1967


Cast Del Negro, Fons Rademakers, Robbe de Hert, Ida Bons, Raymonde Serverius a.o.
Photography Guido Collet
Editing Jan Bosdriesz
Music Misja Mengelberg

Technical specs

Running time film 91’
Release format 35mm
Colour B/W


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Director Hugo Claus
Producers Roland Verhavert, Jan Vrijman
Writers Hugo Claus

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