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Spetters (1980)

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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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Trivia

In the beginning of the 1980s, Paul Verhoeven's Dutch movies had come to the attention of Kathleen Kennedy, who showed them to her business partner Steven Spielberg. Spielberg was hugely impressed with Soldier of Orange (1977) and even considered recommending Verhoeven to his friend George Lucas as a potential director for Star Wars: Episode VI - The Return of the Jedi (1983). However, he changed his mind after seeing the sexually explicit Spetters (1980). See more »

Goofs

After the rape scene in the metro, Jaap (brother of Fientje) gives Eef his shoe back, holding it at the heel side. But when the scene changes to a different angle he is holding the shoe at the nose side. See more »

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Features Studio Sport (1969) See more »

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Last Blue Of Chartres
Written by Ton Scherpenzeel
Performed by Ton Scherpenzeel
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A Slice of Dutch teen-life: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER Style!
19 July 2004 | by (Selbyside - St. Paul, MN USA) – See all my reviews

I really found much to like about this hard-edged drama. For one thing; its impressionable cast with characters like Rien and Fientje; and sharp cinematography make it a real winner. I enjoy watching this as a double bill with SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER; there are strong similarities between the two. The scenes are shot with a lot of earnestness and validity. I find it ironically saddening that the man who played Rien (Hans van Tongeren) committed suicide in 1982 two years after he played this role at the young age of 28. It's nice to know that Verhoeven has a gift with drama as he does with big action movies like ROBOCOP and BASIC INSTINCT. If you have the means, choose this movie.


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