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Ciske the Rat (1984)
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11 year old Amsterdam schoolboy Ciske, a scamp with a heart of gold, causes havoc in the classroom pouring ink over his teacher. Yet when a polio-crippled boy joins the class Ciske is one ... See full summary »

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Danny de Munk ...
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Herman van Veen ...
Willem Nijholt ...
Peter Faber ...
Rijk de Gooyer ...
Linda van Dyck ...
Carolien van den Berg ...
Tante Chris
Adriaan Olree ...
Ingeborg Uyt den Boogaard ...
Schooljuffrouw
Danny Merk ...
Theo
Mara Peelen ...
Corrie
Rudi Falkenhagen ...
Cafebaas (as Rudy Falkenhagen)
Hans Holtkamp ...
Vriend van Henri
Henk Rigters ...
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11 year old Amsterdam schoolboy Ciske, a scamp with a heart of gold, causes havoc in the classroom pouring ink over his teacher. Yet when a polio-crippled boy joins the class Ciske is one of the only children to befriend him and is bullied as a result. His mother works in a bar and Ciske helps out often late into the night - his father is at sea and his mother supplements her income with prostitution. Ciske also smolders with rage at life's injustices. Written by kabouter <kab@kabouter.demon.nl>

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Version of Ciske de Rat (1955) See more »

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Ik voel mij zo verdomd alleen
Lyrics by Karin Loomans
Music by Herman van Veen
Performed by Danny de Munk
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Beautifully-made and touching story. A must see.
30 January 2000 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

What a horrible life eleven year old Ciske has had! This story is for all people who had horrible childhoods. It shows how difficult every day can be for some children, and how callous many adults are to the needs of these love-starved children. This film will break your heart, but it also speaks volumes about the resilience of the human spirit. Beautifully made. To me the only weakness was the music: The film takes place in 1934 yet there is modern music at the beginning and end. This seems out of place. It does not ruin an otherwise marvelous film, however.


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