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The Flying Liftboy (1998)

Abeltje (original title)
Pupil Abel is the victim of Laura's nasty prank, yet gets accidentally blamed and overreacts. His ma withdraws him from school and gets him a job as lift-boy. But its' a special lift: when ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Löw ...
Elleke Vervat ...
Roxanne Stam ...
Afroditi-Piteni Bijker ...
Vriendin Laura (as Afroditi Piteni Bijker)
Taina Moreno ...
Nicole Sanchez ...
Soraya Smith ...
Rick van Gastel ...
Abeltje Roef / Johnny Cockle Smith (as Ricky van Gastel)
Kees Hulst ...
Arnita Swanson ...
TV Presentatrice
Marisa Van Eyle ...
Frits Lambrechts ...
Nora Kretz ...
Mevrouw Tump
Joseph Gudenburg ...


Pupil Abel is the victim of Laura's nasty prank, yet gets accidentally blamed and overreacts. His ma withdraws him from school and gets him a job as lift-boy. But its' a special lift: when he pushes the forbidden green button, it takes him, Laura, Jozias Tump and Maria Klaterhoen to Manhattan. There he's mistaken by a rich bitch who looks like his mother for her long missing son Johnny. When a police helicopter comes to tow the lift cabin, the Dutchmen get back in. It takes them to a Latin American country, Perugona. The new revolutionary leader realizes presidents live about one year, so he gives the job to Mr. Tump, who saved his life. The news coverage attracts Abel's and Johnny's family, in time for an even weirder finale. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

26 November 1998 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Abeltje en het mysterie van Quoquapepapetl  »

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€4,400,897 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Rick van Gastel was almost killed in the scene where Abeltje's mother lands the seaplane near the scaffolding he stands on. The plane crashed into the scaffolding, and Van Gastel only escaped by jumping out of the way. The footage of the incident is included in the film. See more »


Abeltje Roef: Het is uit Laura en uit is uit.
Abeltje Roef: En nou opzouten.
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Waarheen leidt de weg
Lyrics by K.H. Hille
Uitgegeven door: Essex Music Universal Song
Sung by Monique Krus
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If you don't want your children to grow into ignorant racists, don't show them this film!
14 April 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"Nice movie for little children?" Allow me to totally disagree! I saw it for the first time today and I am still in shock! Thank god my children are too small to see it. Wat een racistische flauwekul! Here you have it, the whole standard racist lot: "good"Americans, "evil" Indians who kidnap children, always drunken Latin American "revolutionaries", Latin Americans who desperately "want" a Dutchman for their president and all whose sicknesses can be cured if they swallow mothballs! Not to mention that the evil Latin Americans (who have some Germans with "nazi accents" among them)force children into slavery (not a word of the West profiteering from child labour in Third World countries, that's too complicated for a little Dutch mind,of course!)... How much worse can it get?? If children in Holland grow up reading such books and watching such films,does it surprise anybody that they grow into Geert Wilderses?? Or that it is one of the most racist countries in Europe at present? The sad thing is that if I tell my Dutch friends about it, they won't even understand what I am talking about, as this is something they simply grew up with... I wanted to see this film because I liked "Minoes" so much. Apparently, Ms. Schmidt is not racist only when it comes to cats... Sad, really sad.

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