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Godforsaken! (2003)
"Van God Los" (original title)

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Two small town Dutch boys whose socially unnatural friendship is so close, they care nothing for human or divine rules and lose all grip on reality, sliding into violent crime.

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Stan Meijer
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Maikel Verheije
Angela Schijf ...
Anna Sprengers
Mads Wittermans ...
Sef
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Tamer Avkapan ...
Rechterhand Osman
Marnie Blok ...
Moeder Stan
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Kleindochter Osman (as Selma Avkapan)
Loek Ewalds ...
Agent
Mark Kleuskens ...
Agent
Cemil Kurtgözu ...
Handlanger Osman
Pim Lambeau ...
Mevr. van de Velde
Frits Lambrechts ...
Dhr. van de Velde
Johnny Lion ...
Johan Schreurs
Bob Noten ...
Lijkschouwer
Harry van Rijthoven ...
Bert Mulder
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Stan Meijer is by nature a good boy, but grows up frustrated in Venlo, a boring provincial town in the Catholic Dutch South, feeling neglected by his gold-digger mother who remarried a dentist and abandoned by his biological father, a friendly macho trucker who stood the pre-teen up for reasons unknown when he planned to move in with him, never to be heard off until reading his dad's obituary. So instead of joining the minor socialite life, Stan hooks up with junkies Maikel (dialect pronunciation-spelling for Michael) Verheije, a hot-head small criminal, and Sef, his lieutenant, who drag him along in small crime as an adolescent. When the bumbling trio gets arrested red-handed, the police sends both ruffians to jail but releases Stan as implausible suspect. He's too nice to accept when Maikel's girl-friend offers herself to him, and on Maikel's release joins him in a hold-up which goes bad, as the nervous amateurs needlessly kill the victim, a shopkeeper and secret weed-grower, rather... Written by KGF Vissers

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Keihard En Confronterend (Rock Hard and In Your Face)

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Release Date:

24 April 2003 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Stir Crazy  »

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€1,027,000 (estimated)
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The music on the radio played during the film are tracks from the Venga Boys. The movie takes place during 1993, but the music from the Vengaboys wasn't released until 1998/99. See more »

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Referenced in Baantjer: De Cock en de moord op herhaling - Deel 1 (2006) See more »

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The best dutch film in years
25 April 2003 | by (the Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The story about the 'bende van Venlo' has been the basis for this film. Which has resulted in one of the best dutch films ever. Featuring a good cast with very strong acting. Especially from tygo. The unknown (to me) E.J. Weeber makes a very good impression. This film really is going to make me watch more dutch releases. I'm anxious to see more from P. Kuijpers.


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