Release date21 December 1962 (1962-12-21) WriterLouis De Jong, Paul Rotha CastAb Abspoel (PTT-monteur Jan), Henk Admiraal (Hein de Zwijger), Chris Baay (Vos), Rob de Vries (Piet Kramer), Kees Brusse (Inspecteur Bakker) Similar moviesPrison movies, World War II movies
The Silent Raid (Dutch: De Overval) is a 1962 Dutch war film directed by Paul Rotha. It shows a true story from World War II: the raid on Leeuwarden prison of December 8, 1944. Without firing a shot, Dutch resistance members disguised as German SD and their prisoners enter the prison, free 39 prisoners and vanish into the city. The Germans were unable to find any of the organizers or escapees.
It was entered into the 3rd Moscow International Film Festival. The film was one of the most successful in the Netherlands (1,474,000 tickets sold). The scenario was written by Loe de Jong.