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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

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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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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The level of "poisoned" gin on the beach changes from high to low and back to high as scene changes. See more »

Quotes

Eric Vonk: I screw better than God.
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Intense bohemian love in the era of sexual liberation and naturalist looks
16 November 2013 | by (Estonia) – See all my reviews

Slightly before the "frizzling" Frenchmen started their famous Emmanuelle-series, the tardy Dutch had Turkish Delight already available and attracted millions of viewers... Well, they are not directly comparable, but movements and changes in views that began to form in the 1960ies enable to realise such creations for "ordinary" people as well. The film in question is pleasantly moody, showing various angles of love-sex-relationship, and courageous character actors (particularly Monique van de Ven as Olga Stapels, Rutger Hauer as Eric Vonk), skillful directing (Paul Verhoeven) and cinematography (Jan de Bont) provide this not-so-extraordinary script additional values and undertones.

At the same time, I have doubts that Turkish Delight is a timeless film, that it approaches and influences future and current people as well, as many attitudes have changed, and many would consider depicted fashion and hairiness as odd (mildly speaking). And those accustomed to Internet have seen much "bolder" stuff...


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