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The Exception (2016)

R | | Drama, Romance, War | 2 June 2017 (USA)
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A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation.

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A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation.

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One duty. One desire. One decision.

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Rated R for sexuality, graphic nudity, language and brief violence | See all certifications »

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$21,351 (USA) (2 June 2017)

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$606,989 (USA) (14 July 2017)
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Was partly filmed at the real house of the Kaiser at Huize Doorn. See more »

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The Kaiser is talking about the sister-in-law of the Tsar being thrown into a mine shaft not the Tsar and his family. See more »

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Kaiser Wilhelm II: I'm ashamed to say that before and after my first marriage I, myself, fathered at least two illegitimate children: one with an Austrian countess, another with a French prostitute who was known in court circles as Madame L'Amour. Both of them, incidentally, blackmailed me for huge sums of money, the Countess and the prostitute. I expected better of the prostitute.
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Christopher Plummer
7 July 2017 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

This is the main reason to see this picture, an old-timer at the top of his game at the ripe old age of 87. Acting skill and impeccable timing still at its best as he enters the character of Kaiser Wilhelm hoping to make a comeback as the ruler of his beloved homeland. He gets scant help from the two principals, Lily James and Jai Courtney, and you find yourself waiting for Plummer's next appearance.

The story which has been recounted in other reviews is good and is basically a love story between James and Courtney. There is little action in this character study, but mention must be made of Eddie Marsan, who gives a hypnotic and creepy performance as Heinrich Himmler, Hitler's Gestapo Chief. His portrayal is chilling and repulsive and he is an arresting presence on screen (no pun intended). "The Exception" is interesting and absorbing - especially when Plummer is front and center.


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