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Makkers, staakt uw wild geraas (1960)

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The story of three torn apart families on the verge of Sinterklaasavond, the Dutch equivalent of Christmas Eve.



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Credited cast:
Ellen Vogel ...
Norah Leegher-Buwalda
Guus Hermus ...
De heer Leegher
Ank van der Moer ...
Mevrouw Keizer
Jan Teulings ...
De heer Keizer
Yoka Berretty ...
Mevrouw Lomijn
Guus Oster ...
De heer Lomijn
Mieke Verstraete ...
Ina van Faassen
Manfred de Graaf
Ton van Duinhoven
Leontine Van Strein
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara ...
Catherine Bottemanne
Eduard ...
Maxim Hamel


Late 50's. It's almost Sinterklaasavond, the Dutch equivalent for Christmas Eve. Normally these are joyous times, but will it be for three torn apart families? One family has always celebrated the evening, but now their accident-prone teenage son wants his own life. In the second family, a husband is more concerned about his secret love life than his wife and son. The third family has already split, as both have made the decision to live apart. Still there are doubts about their relationship. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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Comedy | Drama





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28 October 1960 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

That Joyous Eve  »

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NLG 400,000 (estimated)

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The children in the cast are credited by their first name only: "En de kinderen: Eduard, Rolf, Michel, Barbara" See more »

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That feeling of yesterday...
11 September 2004 | by (Den Bosch, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

'That joyous eve', or as it is called in Dutch: 'Makkers staakt uw wild geraas' (which means something as; 'friends, be quiet', it refers to an old Saint Nicholas' Evening song) is a movie that gives a rather correct image of daily life in The Netherlands around the late fifties and early sixties. Humor and tragic strike three families that are all in preparation of the 'joyous eve', the celebration of Saint Nicholas' Evening, a typical Dutch holiday on December the fifth. It's not a joyous evening for everyone. As one household has to deal with divorce (a strange phenomena in those days), another deals with their rebellious 17 year old son, while the husband and father of the third family searches for a 'joyous eve' outside the house. This movie is a classic and a real Dutch treat, it's been rewarded in 1961 with a 'silver bear' on the filmfestival in Berlin, Germany.

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