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Turkish Delight (1973)
"Turks fruit" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  September 1974 (USA)
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Sort of a cross between "Love Story" and an earthy Rembrandt painting, this movie stars Rutger Hauer as a gifted Dutch sculptor who has a stormy, erotic, and star-crossed romance with a ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Monique van de Ven ...
Olga Stapels
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Eric Vonk, the sculptor
Tonny Huurdeman ...
Olga's mother
Wim van den Brink ...
Olga's father
Hans Boskamp ...
Winkelchef
Dolf de Vries ...
Paul
Manfred de Graaf ...
Henny
Dick Scheffer ...
Accountant
Marjol Flore ...
Tineke
Bert Dijkstra ...
Civil servant
Bert André
Jon Bluming
Paul Brandenburg
Suze Broks ...
(as Suzie Broks)
David Conyers
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Sort of a cross between "Love Story" and an earthy Rembrandt painting, this movie stars Rutger Hauer as a gifted Dutch sculptor who has a stormy, erotic, and star-crossed romance with a beautiful young girl. The story follows the arc of their relationship and his interaction with her family. Told in flashback form, initially Hauer is seen as a libertine lothario collector, taking trophies from his sexual conquests and pasting them in a book. He sees a sculpture he made of his lost lover and goes into a flashback of his relationship with his wife. He meets the girl, falls in love with/marries her, and we meet her parents: a charming, well meaning, bumbling father, and his shrew of a wife, who's convinced Hauer's too much of a bohemian to make a good mate for her daughter. Eventually, the petty jealousies, the sexual hijinks, and the climactic vomit scene prove too much for the marriage, and sculptor and his lady fair separate. Flash forward several months, and Hauer finds the girl back... Written by <cfidalgo@intrex.net>

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NLG 800,000 (estimated)
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According to Paul Verhoeven, the film was submitted to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, only to be angrily rejected as 'pornographic' by its board of directors. However, Verhoeven noted that such sentiments can change quickly, as the Japanese film In the Realm of the Senses (1976), which was even more explicit in its depiction of sexual activities and violence, was excepted into the festival without problems three years later. See more »

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During the thunderstorm, when Eric is walking towards Olga who is standing outside in the rain, the reflection of a spotlight providing "lightning" can be seen on the surface of the door. See more »

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Eric Vonk: I screw better than God.
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4 August 2006 | by (Cyprus) – See all my reviews

Turkish delight is a book by the Dutch true artist Jan Wolkers: a painter, a sculptor, a writer. Symbol of sexual liberation in the 60's and 70's with a series of books about his youth, freeing himself of protestant chains and the general revolt against the bourgeoisie, Wolkers made himself big. But he became larger than life with his contribution to Dutch culture and the understanding of the Dutch mind. The movie itself is a delight with scenes shot in Amsterdam and the greater Amsterdam area: all that is fashionable passes by, not just sexual freedom and the confrontation with society. And the beauty of both Rutger Hauer and Monique van der Ven, is a well deserved extra.


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