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Gerard Soeteman (writer)
Jan Wolkers (novel)
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Release Date:
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  (in credits order)

Directed by
Paul Verhoeven 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gerard Soeteman  writer
Jan Wolkers  novel

Produced by
Rob Houwer .... producer
Original Music by
Rogier van Otterloo 
Cinematography by
Jan de Bont 
Film Editing by
Jan Bosdriesz 
Makeup Department
Bobby Eerhart .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nouchka van Brakel .... first assistant director
Art Department
Strengholt Laurens .... props
Sound Department
Ad Roest .... sound
Wim Wolfs .... adr mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Theo van de Sande .... assistant camera
Willem Veenman .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Ina Berlet .... assistant editor
Mulle Goetz-Dickopp .... assistant editor
Digna Sinke .... assistant editor
Music Department
Toots Thielemans .... musician: harmonica solo

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Also Known As:
"Turks fruit" - Netherlands (original title)
"Eric and Olga" - USA (poster title)
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108 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R18+ | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1993) (video release) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1973) | France:16 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2007) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:(Banned) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Netherlands:16 (re-rating) | New Zealand:(Banned) | Norway:(Banned) (1973-2003) (cinema release) | South Korea:18 (1989) (cut) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (uncut) | USA:R | USA:X (self applied) | West Germany:18

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The scene at the beach was different in the original script. Olga (Monique van de Ven) was to have used a German SS knife from home to make the sandwiches, revealing that her mother had gotten it during a relationship with an SS officer during the war. However, when it was time to film the scene, they had forgotten to bring the knife. In his desperation to come up with a solution, Paul Verhoeven remembered an anecdote from writer Jan Wolkers (on whose book the movie was based) about how he once covered his wife from neck to toe under the sand. Verhoeven used this idea in the movie as well, and he liked the result far better than the original scene.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Eric Vonk:I screw better than God.See more »
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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The Epitome of 70's Dutch Cinema, 26 October 2004
Author: erwan_ticheler from Amsterdam, Holland

"Turks Fruit",based on the novel written by the legendary Dutch writer Jan Wolkers,is a true Dutch classic. That doesn't mean that much since my country isn't a major player in World cinema.Yet this film is very good and very famous.

It was voted the best Dutch film ever a few years ago when a national poll was held in Holland.It's tough to agree with that,since I haven't seen all the classics but it's right up there,that much is true.

The sex and dirty images of poo are not for everyone to see,yet it is essential to the free culture of Amsterdam in the 1970's.

Amsterdam was the center of the world in the 70's,so my mother told me. That was probably the reason why she left France (she is French) and came to Amsterdam."Turks Fruit" shows a very poignant picture of the city at that time and the sexual liberation of them days.

The directing by the,at that time,young Paul Verhoeven is splendid and it's no mystery why he left Holland to go to Hollywood.His talents are clear but another reason was that he was misunderstood in Holland so he said himself.

The camera work is great,but that's no surprise since it's done by one of the greatest cameramen Jan de Bont (who became famous in the 90's with his action classics "Speed" and "Twister",especially "Speed" show the superb talents of de Bont when it comes to camera work).

The film also launched the careers of Rutger Hauer and Monique van de Ven. Van de Ven stayed in Holland,playing in some of the best Dutch films and Hauer went to Hollywood and gained cult fame when he starred in "Blade Runner",a terrific performance by Hauer.

Verhoeven and Hauer would team up again 4 years later to make the Dutch war classic "Soldaat van Oranje".

"Turks Fruit" is truly the epitome of 70's Dutch cinema with it's liberated sex approach that would echo in several other Dutch films in the 70's and 80's.

Very important for Holland but maybe too much for the rest of the world,especially for the rather prudish Hollywood.

Essential viewing though for everyone who wants to know something about the Dutch cinema. 8/10

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