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The Lift (1983)

De lift (original title)
A lift begins displaying some erratic behavior, like trapping some party goers and nearly suffocating them, and decapitating a security guard. Felix, the technician from the lift company, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Felix Adelaar
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Mieke de Beer
Josine van Dalsum ...
Saskia Adelaar
Liz Snoyink ...
Vrouw in Lift
Wiske Sterringa ...
Vrouw in Lift
Huib Broos ...
Man in Lift
Pieter Lutz ...
Man in Lift
Johan Hobo ...
Ober
Dick Scheffer ...
Gérant
Matthias Maat ...
Ober
Ger van Groningen ...
Ober
Jan Anne Drenth ...
Nachtportier
Emma Onrust ...
Dochertje
Sydney Kuyer ...
Zoontje
Cor Witschge ...
Dagportier
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Storyline

A lift begins displaying some erratic behavior, like trapping some party goers and nearly suffocating them, and decapitating a security guard. Felix, the technician from the lift company, can't find anything wrong with the circuitry. When he and a nosy reporter begin asking questions of the lift company's electronics partner (Rising Sun Electronics) his boss puts him on a leave of absence. A subsequent visit to a professor leads them to believe that some evil experiments are being conducted with MICROCHIPS. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Take the Stairs, Take the Stairs. For God's Sake, Take the Stairs!!!


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4 July 1985 (USA)  »

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Budget:

€350,000 (estimated)
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where the security guard is decapitated by the elevator was shot several times, that's why the head that falls down the shaft is smudged and disfigured. See more »

Goofs

Four men run up the stairs, the last of them is carrying an ax. But in the next scene, the guy with the ax is second in line. See more »

Quotes

Head Waiter: These damn machines will be the death of us all some day!
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Connections

Remade as The Shaft (2001) See more »

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An engrossing urban thriller in one environment we can't avoid.
3 November 1998 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

I agree with John Hartl's review about the quality of this movie. It could easily have been silly, but it definitely is not. The last part, with Felix lit only by his industrial hand lamp in the enemy's own domain, is completely engrossing. The - quite sparse - music is eerily effective and the photography very good, as are the performances. In the version I saw, the dubbing is well done and convincing. Another winner from the Netherlands. About time we high risers took the lift seriously!


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