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Katie Tippel -- Set in Amsterdam, a young girl is involved in prostitution and learns how it corrupts.


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Gerard Soeteman (screenplay) &
Neel Doff (novel)
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6 March 1975 (Netherlands) See more »
The young girl Keetje moves to Amsterdam in 1881 with her impoverished family, and is led into prostitution in order to survive... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Monique van de Ven ... Keetje Tippel

Rutger Hauer ... Hugo
Andrea Domburg ... Keetje's moeder
Hannah de Leeuwe ... Mina, Keetje's zus
Jan Blaaser ... Keetje's vader
Eddie Brugman ... André (as Eddy Brugman)
Peter Faber ... George
Mart Gevers
Riet Henius
Walter Kous ... Pierre
Paul Meyer ... Hoofd wasfabriek
Tonny Popper
Jan Retèl ... Dokter
Fons Rademakers ... Klant
Riek Schagen ... Geest
Carry Tefsen ... Vrouw in wasfabriek
Jennifer Willems ... Antoinette
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ben Aerden ... (uncredited)
Jenny Arean ... Zingende wasvrouw (uncredited)
Leo Beyers ... Man in toilet (uncredited)
Theu Boermans ... Dokter (uncredited)
Cocki Boonstra ... (uncredited)
Suze Broks ... (uncredited)
Huib Broos ... Directeur wasfabriek (uncredited)
Bep Dekker ... (uncredited)
Truus Dekker ... (uncredited)
Jan Anne Drenth ... (uncredited)
Niek Engelschman ... (uncredited)
Nelly Frijda ... Harenwaster (uncredited)
Helen Hedy ... (uncredited)
Jaap Hoogstra ... (uncredited)
Nel Kars ... (uncredited)
Mies Kohsiek ... (uncredited)
Ton Kuyl ... (uncredited)
Marja Lieuwen ... (uncredited)
Anita Menist ... (uncredited)
Hero Muller ... (uncredited)
Herman Ouwersloot ... (uncredited)
Gonny Sanders ... (uncredited)
Franklin van den Hurk ... (uncredited)
Dora van der Groen ... Moeder André (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Verhoeven 
Writing credits
Gerard Soeteman  screenplay &
Neel Doff  novel

Produced by
Rob Houwer .... producer
Original Music by
Rogier van Otterloo 
Cinematography by
Jan de Bont (camera)
Film Editing by
Jane Seitz  (as Jane Sperr)
Casting by
Hans Kemna 
Set Decoration by
Roland de Groot 
Benedict Schillemans  (as Dik Schillemans)
Costume Design by
Robert Bos 
Makeup Department
Sylvia Baader .... makeup artist
Jef Simons .... makeup artist
Production Management
Hans Klap .... production leader
Mia van 't Hof .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eefje Cornelis .... assistant director
Art Department
Adriaan de Rooy .... set dresser (as Ank van de Rooy)
Bart Dräger .... set dresser
Simon Jansen .... props
Strengholt Laurens .... props
Gert Van Den Berg .... props
Jaap Verburg .... props
Hugo Van Baren .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Erik Langhout .... sound (as Erik Langhout)
Wim Wolfs .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Brugman .... assistant camera
Jean Devits .... lighting technician
Cor Roodhart .... lighting technician
Pim Tjujerman .... assistant camera
Martin van Bennekum .... lighting technician
Willem Veenman .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rob Boehle .... assistant costume designer
Jetty Dillmann .... assistant costume designer
Rea Vles .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Ina Berlet .... assistant editor (as Ina Berleth)
Victorine Habets .... assistant editor
Other crew
André Bannenberg .... production assistant
Froukje de Vries .... production secretary
Pim de Vroom .... assistant to the producution leader
Kees Groenewegen .... production coordinator
Gerbrand Hartman .... assistant to the producution leader
Ine Schenkkan .... script supervisor
Jelte Velzen .... production assistant
Ineke van Wezel .... assistant to the producer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Keetje Tippel" - Netherlands (original title)
"Cathy Tippel" - USA (promotional title)
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100 min | UK:107 min | Argentina:109 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2007) | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Paul Verhoeven had agreed to do the movie based on a elaborate synopsis, in which the story of the protagonist Keetje was told in parallel with a period drama depicting the social circumstances and political unrest of the time. With preproduction well under way, he and Gerard Soeteman elaborated the synopsis into a complete script, but it was vetoed as being too expensive by producer Rob Houwer. He ordered them to focus on the personal drama and remove most of the social issues, including several scenes of mass rebellion and revolt that were Verhoeven's main reasons for taking on the project.See more »
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A qualified success, 23 December 2004
Author: mentalcritic from Southern Hemisphere

I was recently given the Anchor Bay DVD release of this title as a present, and I have to say that while I am impressed with the usual European frankness about things that would never make it into American films, this is probably among the least of Paul Verhoeven's work. Not that this is bad from the get-go. I would far prefer to watch a bad film from Paul Verhoeven than what could be considered good among the stables of directors like Peter Jackson or Jerry Bruckheimer. They say that the key to artistic success is being honest with yourself, and Verhoeven is a big example of the principle. More on that in a moment.

The story of Keetje Tippel concerns itself with a young woman named Keetje, who migrates from one end of Holland to another during the nineteenth century. The name might be obvious from the title, but one thing that should have been made clearer is that Tippel is not her family name. Tippel actually refers to the profession she winds up taking in order to fuel her rise from the gutter.

At the beginning of the film, Keetje is an idealist with little, if any, idea of how the capitalist society she enters actually works. She starts out going from one crappy job to the next. The first of which makes it clear that worker health and safety was a very minor concern at best in this primitive era. We see Keetje and numerous other workers dipping textiles into lye, no gloves or any other kind of protection, and we see its effects at various stages in the film. From there, Keetje falls into working as a seamstress, and eventually, as a prostitute.

One touch of Dutch cinema that I've always liked since I have become acquainted with it through Verhoeven's work is that there isn't always a happy ending. In Keetje Tippel, our titular hero does nothing to help the poor that she was once a member of. In fact, one of the many things she winds up doing in the latter part of the film hurts them very badly. This can be understood when one looks at some attitudes to what people feel when they get out of a situation they cannot stand. For example, were I to leave Australia and live somewhere like England, the only way in which I would lift a finger to help others who are unhappy with the lot Australia has is by helping them leave. Like rats from a sinking ship, as it were. That's the attitude of the character, and it is even more understandable in the context of nineteenth century social conditions.

The thing that keeps Keetje Tippel from obtaining the unqualified ten out of ten rating I normally give Verhoeven's Dutch-language films is, ironically, the same thing that normally prompts this rating. For once, the brutal honesty and unflinching depiction of reality counts against the film. Rather than the stomach churning for a second before expressing amazement, I found myself asking if the depiction of bodily functions is really necessary. Those who have seen the uncut versions of Soldaat Van Oranje, Turks Fruit, or even De Vierde Man, will understand what I am talking about here.

During the audio commentary Anchor Bay had recorded for the DVD release, the difference between Verhoeven and many a Hollywood director becomes obvious in a big hurry. Where other directors will attempt to put a spin on every aspect of their films, or even try to congratulate themselves, Verhoeven is so frank and honest that his commentaries could be used in film-making schools. Unlike Peter Jackson and his vapid writing staff, you won't hear Verhoeven trying to justify his artistic decisions from a position of arrogance. It's not "how do you expect me to do this? do you think you can do better?", but rather "I did this this way because... and I am pleased/disappointed with the results, so I will do it again/try something else next time". If all directors in Hollywood were this brutally honest, American film would be much more palatable nowadays.

I gave Keetje Tippel an eight out of ten. Its realism earns it a ten out of ten for the most part, but there are times when it either goes too far, or lets its ambition exceed its ability enough, to deduct two points. Jan Wolkers, the author of the novel on which Turks Fruit is based, had similar feelings about Turks Fruit, so this is quite easily viewed as a case of a new director faltering a little as he learns his craft. Still, with early pieces like Keetje Tippel and Turks Fruit, it is not a surprise that Verhoeven would go on to such masterpieces as Total Recall or RoboCop. The DVD is well worth the Amazon asking price.

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