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Max Havelaar (1976)
"Max Havelaar of de koffieveilingen der Nederlandsche handelsmaatschappij" (original title)

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An idealistic Dutch colonial officer posted to Indonesia in the 19th century is cohvinced that he can make the kinds of changes that will actually help the local people he is in charge of, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Faber ...
Sacha Bulthuis ...
Adendu Soesilaningrat ...
Regent (as E.M. Adenan Soesilaningrat)
Maruli Sitompul ...
Krijn ter Braak ...
Carl van der Plas ...
Rima Melati ...
Mevrouw Slotering
Joop Admiraal ...
Frans Vorstman ...
Piet Burnama ...
Djaska (as Pitradjaja Burnama)
Herry Lantho ...
Leo Beyers ...
Nenny Zulaini ...
Minih bin Misan ...
Saïdjah's vader


An idealistic Dutch colonial officer posted to Indonesia in the 19th century is cohvinced that he can make the kinds of changes that will actually help the local people he is in charge of, but circumstances soon make him realize just how out of touch he really is, and it doesn't take long for things to go from bad to worse. Written by

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Release Date:

9 September 1976 (Netherlands)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Julien Schoenaerts was supposed to play Max Havelaar, but was dropped when he refused to shave off his beard. Another contender was Rutger Hauer, who eventually got a supporting part. See more »


When Saidjah's brother chases the KNIL-soldiers, he is shot down with one shot. While falling, his forehead is intact. On the ground, you see a bullethole between his eyes See more »


Referenced in Allemaal film: De gouden jaren (2007) See more »

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Public Domain?
27 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was able to rent the DVD of this film from a place in Portland, Oregon. They had a copy of the original and seemed to believe the film had been placed in the public domain, available to be copied. You might want to check on that yourself. If that is true, it could be that you would be able to purchase a copy yourself. I'm not sure how the law of public domain applies to films created the 1980's since I would imagine the copyright would have been renewed somehow by 2008. Does anyone else have information regarding this?

I had not heard of this film before visiting this rental place but was looking for the films of Verhoeven when I stumbled on this one directed by Fons Rademakers. It seemed especially apropos since both my parents were Dutch-Indonesian and their parents were part of the latter days of Dutch colonial culture. It wasn't until Indonesian independence that my grandparents were persuaded to leave that beautiful land for the rainy gloomy weather of the Netherlands. After 25 years in the humid summers and bitter winters of Detroit, I ended up in Portland, where the weather is much more like Holland. Go figure!

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