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God is disappointed with the human race and wants his stone tablets back. An angel is given the assignment and, with Gabriëls help, tries to manipulate several humans on earth to get his ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Angel (as Viv Weatherall)
Gabriel (as Jeroen Krabbe)
Gillian Barge ...
Onno's mother
Nettie Blanken ...
Victoria Carling ...
Margareth Quist
Lois de Jong ...
Granddaughter Quist (as Loïs de Jong)
John Franklyn-Robbins ...
Onno's father (as John Franklyn Robbins)
Geraldine Alexander ...
Trees Quist
Nicholas Palliser ...
Diederik Quist
Emma Fielding ...
Bart Bork
Red Haired Protestor


God is disappointed with the human race and wants his stone tablets back. An angel is given the assignment and, with Gabriëls help, tries to manipulate several humans on earth to get his job done. But humans have a will of their own... Written by Anonymous

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Coincidence doesn't exist, everything happens for a reason. See more »


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Release Date:

25 October 2001 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

A törvény terhe  »

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NLG 20,000,000 (estimated)

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After all the auditions for 16-year-old Quinten were done without much success, Jeroen Krabbé stared out of the window and Neil Newbon happened to pass by. "That's what Quinten should look like" he mumbled, not yet knowing the guy was an actor. See more »


Max: I've discovered you, you bastards!
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A moderate attempt to adapt the sublime book by H. Mulisch
12 November 2001 | by (belgium) – See all my reviews

Of course, the book was too good to make it into a movie. Nevertheless, the film is entertaining for non-readers and is above all, it's an equivocal enterprise. Acting is not very convincing (ada is terrible played, and humiliating is the acting of Krabbé himself, why does he always want to be "in the picture"?). The book is 900 pages and you can't fit that in two hours. The magical atmosphere, the unreal aura, and the creative style are not recognizable in the film. For example; the interventions from God and his angels are ridiculous as you see the film, where in the book, it's strange, magical and structuring. Another example; the friendship between Onno and Max is heavenly in the book, fragmentary in the film. For me, it was a 6/10; if you want a 10/10 go and read the book. But i know, it's "time-consuming" as they say, and time still seems to be money, bullsh*t of course! Time is life, time is the discovery of a heavenly book...

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