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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 overview, first billed only:
Hans van Tongeren ...
Toon Agterberg ...
Maarten Spanjer ...
Marianne Boyer ...
Peter Tuinman ...
Saskia van Basten-Batenburg ...
Truus (as Saskia Ten Batenburg)
Yvonne Valkenburg ...
Ab Abspoel ...
Rien's vader (as Albert Abspoel)
Rudi Falkenhagen ...
Hans' Vader
Hans Veerman ...
Eef's vader
Ben Aerden ...
Oude Homosexueel
Kitty Courbois ...
Margot Keune ...
Meisje op bromfiets
Jonna Koster ...
Gerrit's vrouw


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 <>

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Was originally titled "Buddies", before Paul Verhoeven's wife suggested the title change. See more »


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 »


Features Studio Sport (1969) See more »


Written by Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson
Performed by ABBA
Courtesy of Polar Music
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Treats the male body and sexuality as if they're normal
15 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The best thing about this movie is its extremely casual treatment of sex and male nudity - casual even for a European movie, and I've seen lots of them - just as if the male body and human sexuality were normal, natural and an integral part of everyday life.

Oh, wait... THEY ARE!! So what makes this movie remarkable is that it treats something that is about as natural as anything can be as if it really IS natural!

Isn't this a crazy world? that such a simple, straightforward concept can be still so controversial more than 30 years later that we have people expressing their horror and outrage in online reviews of this movie? It's amazing.

As if no man in real life ever gets an erection; as if no woman ever idly plays with a man's penis as if it were a flower; as if young straight men never compare the size of their penises. ALL of that happens in real life, but in a movie? HA! It should, but it doesn't.

So the way the male body and sex are treated in this movie is much more extraordinary and refreshing than it ought to be. Otherwise, this movie is okay but a little tiresome.

The focus on motorcycle racing is tedious. The acting is okay but not great (the movie's only two experienced actors - Jeroen Krabbé and Rutger Hauer - overact to such a clownish extent that it's embarrassing; but maybe that's just how Dutch actors are taught to act, because the novices are a lot more realistic).

The story is not particularly engaging and not at all believable (particularly one character's violent coming-out). And the woman who drives all the men crazy looks to me like a Cabbage Patch Kid with WAY too much makeup on - not sexy *AT ALL* - but then I'm gay, so I'm often dumbfounded by what turns straight men on.

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