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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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Three young Dutch amateur dirt bike motorcycle racers each fall in love with a young woman who, with her brother, works at a concession stand at the races. Everyone is looking for a better life. The young woman 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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Was originally titled "Buddies", before Paul Verhoeven's wife suggested the title change. See more »

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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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Featured in Writing Spetters (2014) 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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