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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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Drama | Romance | Sport

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28 February 1980 (Netherlands)  »

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The first movie by Paul Verhoeven and Gerard Soeteman that was not produced by Rob Houwer. They left Houwer over the many artistic and financial arguments they had had over the years, and went to Joop van den Ende, who was pretty much the only other large producer in the Netherlands who could secure the necessary budget at the time. 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 »

Connections

References Grease (1978) See more »

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Eagle
Written by Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson
Performed by ABBA
Courtesy of Polar Music
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Rather hectic than smooth... and with scenes for scenes' sake
29 November 2013 | by (Estonia) – See all my reviews

The film in question is a good proof of changes in mentality and values, it is currently awkward to state that it caused so much fuzz and protests. However, Paul Verhoeven has included too many topics with his own approach full of anxiety, sexuality and violence; as for evenness, versatility is seldom a solution, as viewers see too many sidelines, focusing on main themes is vexed: ridiculing the police and the press, for example, provided no additional value to this coming of age story of three young men dreaming of an escape from their provincial surroundings. Gay theme could have been avoided as well... As for the cast, I liked Renée Soutendijk most, those depicting lads were uninviting to me. Unfortunately, Jeroen Krabbé and Rutger Hauer had too small, although colourful roles.

Nevertheless, Spetters gives a realistic picture of the Dutch youth and values in the end of 1970ies, strongly influenced by disco music, Grease and rise of sexual self-awareness among women. And it was pleasant to watch beautiful Dutch cities without cars parking everywhere, disturbing the view onto canals and houses...


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