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A mysterious diver hiding in Amsterdam's canal system embarks on a rampage of gruesome murders, terrifying city officials and leaving few clues for the city's best detective, who doesn't ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Visser
Monique van de Ven ...
Serge-Henri Valcke ...
Tanneke Hartzuiker ...
Wim Zomer ...
John van Meegeren
Hidde Maas ...
Martin Ruysdael
Lou Landré ...
Tatum Dagelet ...
Anneke Visser
Edwin Bakker ...
Door van Boeckel ...
Maniac (as Door van Boekel)
Barbara Martijn ...
Pieter Lutz ...
Simone Ettekoven ...
Koos van der Knaap ...
First Environmentalist
Pieter Loef ...
Second Environmentalist


A mysterious diver hiding in Amsterdam's canal system embarks on a rampage of gruesome murders, terrifying city officials and leaving few clues for the city's best detective, who doesn't suspect that both his new girlfriend and twelve-year-old daughter may be closer than he is to finding the killer. Written by Blue Dragon <>

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detective | murder | canal | diver | raceboat | See more »


The city is murder See more »


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Release Date:

25 November 1988 (USA)  »

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Amsterdamned  »

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The whole speedboat chase is a reference to the speedboat chase in Puppet on a Chain (1971) which is also set in Amsterdam. Even the colors of the boats are the same. See more »


Before Eric climbs up from the sewers, he sticks his gun behind his belt. After he gets shot by the maniac, he falls back into the sewage. In the next shot he picks up his gun (which is completely dry) from a stone beside the water. See more »


Ruysdael: I wanted him to be happy. I didn't know his intention.
Eric Visser: Revenge on society. Innocent people had to be slaughtered.
Ruysdael: I can't believe it. He is sick and so is society.
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Referenced in We zijn weer thuis: Schrijven en wrijven (1991) See more »


Performed by Lois Lane
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Aquatic serial killer in one of Europe's finest cities!
24 April 2006 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Dutch director Dick Maas clearly has a flair for entertainment. This serial killer film is lifted above the norm by a series of fantastic sequences; from creepy murder scenes to a hilariously over the top speed boat chase through the canals of Amsterdam, Amsterdamned is a delight to watch from start to finish. It goes without saying that this film takes place in Amsterdam, and it would appear that the film is something of a love letter to the great Dutch city. Amsterdam's streets make for an excellent horror location, while the canal shots are what really give the film its originality. Maas also gives us sequences in which the reputation of the city is discussed. Personally, I love the location shots of this film; having visited Amsterdam a couple of times myself, it's nice to recognise where the film is taking place. The plot is basically your run of the mill serial killer yarn, but it's lifted above the norm because of the fact that the murderer himself is water-based. Amsterdam's canals make for his home, as the murderous diver drags anyone who comes too close to the river to their doom. We follow the trail of murders and the police investigation into the crimes.

The film runs at around 105 minutes; a running time that would usually lead to me saying is too long for this sort of film. However, despite the fact that the film plays from what is a very basic plot, it never becomes boring. Dick Maas bombards the audience with stunning location shots, deliriously entertaining sequences and some very sinister moments of horror to ensure that Amsterdamned never becomes trite or dull - and besides, every time there's a danger of the film going downhill, our competent director is on hand with another grisly murder sequence! For a film that runs so freely, it's surprising that it's actually not all that messy. Maas blends several different styles together, but the plot always stays on course. The atmosphere is always foreboding as it is made clear that the murderer could strike at any time. I've got to say that I was a little disappointed by the end, however. After a brilliant 100 minutes, Maas sees fit to tack on an ending that feels very trite and overly used. However, the build up to this let down is fantastic and by the time it comes to the ending, it doesn't really matter how it ends because you've just witnessed what is one of the finest films ever to come out of the Netherlands. Personally, I loved every minute of this great film and really can't recommend it highly enough!

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