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Spetters (1980)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sport  |  28 February 1980 (Netherlands)
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A Dutch film, post-Saturday Night Fever, which follows the lives of three young men who are amateur dirt-bike motorcycle racers. They each fall in love with a young woman who, with her ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hans van Tongeren ...
Rien
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Fientje
Toon Agterberg ...
Eef
Maarten Spanjer ...
Hans
Marianne Boyer ...
Maya
Peter Tuinman ...
Jaap
Saskia van Basten-Batenburg ...
Truus (as Saskia Ten Batenburg)
Yvonne Valkenburg ...
Annette
Ab Abspoel ...
Rien's vader (as Albert Abspoel)
Rudi Falkenhagen ...
Hans' Vader
Hans Veerman ...
Eef's vader
Ben Aerden ...
Oude Homosexueel
Kitty Courbois ...
Doctor
Margot Keune ...
Meisje op bromfiets
Jonna Koster ...
Gerrit's vrouw
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A Dutch film, post-Saturday Night Fever, which follows the lives of three young men who are amateur dirt-bike motorcycle racers. They each fall in love with a young woman who, with her brother, sells French fries and hot dogs at the races. Everyone is looking for a better life. She wants out of the business and away from her brother. The motocross racers want to make their marks as professional racers, like their hero, played by Rutger Hauer. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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The racing scene was Paul Verhoeven's homage to the chariot race from Ben-Hur (1959), and contains several direct references to this scene, such as the initial presentation of the contenders, and several accidents occurring during the race. See more »

Goofs

During the first bike race which Hans (Maarten Spanjer) loses because his bike breaks down, he gets splattered with dirt/mud all over his white jersey. But when he is at the trailer getting food moments later, his jersey is free of mud and dirt. See more »

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References Turkish Delight (1973) See more »

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Last Blue Of Chartres
Written by Ton Scherpenzeel
Performed by Ton Scherpenzeel
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A Great Film
21 October 2000 | by (Encino, CA) – See all my reviews

This film is really great. It's about three young, cocky Dutch guys whose lives revolve around Motorcross racing and their encounters with a cute, ambitious, smart working-class girl who lives in a trailer and is a short order cook around the Motorcross site.

It is ultra-realistic and true to life and at the same time over-the-top and absurd to satirize the equally ridiculous but more fleeting absurdities of everyday life; in fact, 'real life' is much more absurd than anything that happens in this movie, but 'toned down,' and harder to notice, except upon reflection. With 'over the top' movies like "Spetters" the absurdities we all notice are turned 'way up high' for instant and easier identification and reflection. Other great movies of this type I've seen are Verhoeven's American version of "Spetters," "Showgirls," Sam Fuller's "Shock Corridor," Ken Russell's fantastic uncut version of "Crimes of Passion," and Mathew Bright's first "Freeway," but "Spetters" tops them all. It is the ultimate masterpiece of 'over-the-top' satire.

Try to find a well-stocked video store that carries the uncensored, subtitled Director's cut for rent (it's got some very graphic sex scenes in it with full fronal nudity, and a homosexual gang rape that makes anything in "American Me" look tame); it's a well transferred version which came out on HBO video a few years ago, and is now unavailable for sale for some reason; I'd buy it in a second if it was available.


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