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Max Havelaar (1976)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Faber ...
Sacha Bulthuis ...
Tine
Adendu Soesilaningrat ...
Regent (as E.M. Adenan Soesilaningrat)
Maruli Sitompul ...
Demang
Krijn ter Braak ...
Verbrugge
Carl van der Plas ...
Resident
Rima Melati ...
Mevrouw Slotering
Joop Admiraal ...
Slotering
Piet Burnama ...
Djaska (as Pitradjaja Burnama)
Herry Lantho ...
Saïdjah
Nenny Zulaini ...
Adinda
Sofia W.D. ...
Babu
Minih bin Misan ...
Saïdjah's vader
...
Frans Vorstman ...
Gouverneur-generaal
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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, 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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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9 September 1976 (Netherlands)  »

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Trivia

Peter Faber got a new set of dentures during filming, but director Fons Rademakers insisted he put the old ones back in because the new pair made his face look different. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Late Late Lien Show: Episode #1.3 (1979) See more »

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3 September 1999 | by (Helsinki) – See all my reviews



This film works. It gives a realistic, grim depiction of life in a European colony, namely Indonesia. The description of web of hypocrisy of church-going Dutch and the utmost repression the natives under their rule endure. People who derive benefits from others misery and use powerful denial mechanisms to evade from the truth. Max Havelaar was a man, the film makers and writers seem to love - a beacon of hope. One stand up guy who resists succumbing to the mire of human power struggles and utmost cruelty towards other people, in a situation where he has the position to wield unquestionable power. In this he reminds of Josef Schindler who also found some humanity in a dire, cruel situation. This film also matches John Sayles' "Men With Guns" in portraying human cruelty.


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