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Release Date:
24 April 2003 (Netherlands) See more »
Keihard En Confronterend (Rock Hard and In Your Face)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The Dutch "Goodfellas". See more (20 total) »


  (in credits order)

Egbert Jan Weeber ... Stan Meijer

Tygo Gernandt ... Maikel Verheije
Angela Schijf ... Anna Sprengers
Mads Wittermans ... Sef
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Selma Avkapan ... Granddaughter of Osman
Tamer Avkapan ... Nadir
Marnie Blok ... Joke
Bacha Chilaia ... Frank

Selma Copijn ... Granddaughter
Loek Ewalds ... Police officer 1
Mark Kleuskens ... Police Officer 2
Cemil Kurtgözu ... Suleyman
Pim Lambeau ... Mevr. van de Velde
Frits Lambrechts ... Dhr. van de Velde
Johnny Lion ... Johan Schreurs
Peter Post ... East-European man
Harry van Rijthoven ... Bert
Ronald Schuurbiers ... East-European man
Ergun Simsek ... Hassan
Els Ingeborg Smits ... Moeder Anna

Huub Stapel ... Herbert Meijer
Alden Susa ... Boy at funeral
Diego Teixeira ... Stan (11 years)
Brader Torun ... Osman
Mike van den Akker ... Friend of Yuri
Deryl van Mieghem ... Yuri
Joop Wittermans ... Vader Anna
Helmert Woudenberg ... Inspecteur Geukers

Directed by
Pieter Kuijpers 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pieter Kuijpers 
Paul Jan Nelissen  writer

Produced by
Hanneke Niens .... producer
Reinier Selen .... producer
Anton Smit .... producer
Original Music by
Paleis van Boem 
Cinematography by
Bert Pot 
Film Editing by
Job ter Burg 
Casting by
Nora Mullens 
Production Design by
Ruben Schwartz 
Robert van der Hoop 
Set Decoration by
Raoul Chailloux 
Barry Parker 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Steylen 
Makeup Department
Carola Broekhoff .... special makeup effects artist
Rogier Samuels .... special makeup effects artist
Lia Van der Horst .... key hair stylist
Lia Van der Horst .... key makeup artist
Suzette van Rooyen .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Bernadette Bout .... production manager
Chris Jorna .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richt Martens .... assistant director
Joost Van Schie .... first assistant director
Art Department
Elise Menick .... assistant property master
Taco Regtien .... set dresser
Sound Department
Antoin Cox .... production sound mixer
Herman Pieëte .... sound re-recording mixer
Herman Pieëte .... supervising sound editor
Raoul Popma .... sound recordist
Bianca Steenhagen .... foley artist
Sil Stranders .... assistant production sound mixer
Special Effects by
Michel Jancso .... special effects technician
Harrie Wiessenhaan .... special effects (as Harry Wiessenhaan)
Willem de Beukelaer .... stunt coordinator
Ronald Schuurbiers .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Rick David .... assistant camera
Evelien Ham .... electrician
Thomas Kool .... electrician
Martijn Koot .... key grip
Bas Losekoot .... still photographer
Joost van Poppel .... Steadicam operator
Erik Van Wouden .... gaffer
Herman Verschuur .... assistant camera: "b" camera
Sheng Yong Cheng .... video assist operator
Roger van Zaal .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claudia Damman .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Romy de Haan .... negative cutter
Renzo Scanu .... negative scanner
John Thorborg .... colorist (special edition)
Boris Trentelman .... color timer
Other crew
Thijs Dehé .... production intern: post-production coordinator
Philippe Hefting .... caterer
Jascha Joseph .... location manager
Ivo Martijn .... distribution advisor
Brenda Matthijs .... publicity manager
Eric Nootebos .... production assistant
Kenzo Overbeeke .... production assistant
Michel Salèh .... caterer
Noumi Seguin .... production assistant
Ernie Tee .... scenario consultant
Trix van Alphen .... publicist
Maarten-Jan van der Vreede .... caterer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Van God Los" - Netherlands (original title)
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83 min
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Anachronisms: 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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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The Dutch "Goodfellas"., 21 July 2005
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

This movie surpassed all my expectations. Its very raw in its violence and story. The characters are well developed and the actors that portray them are most excellent.

I couldn't help thinking about "Goodfellas" while watching this movie. Both movies have certain parallels. The main character doesn't begin his life as a criminal and murderer but slowly becomes so and transforms throughout the movie. Also the criminal activities in both movies are quite the same. Still this doesn't mean that "Van God Los" is a cheap Dutch rip-off of "Goodfellas", no not at all! "Van God Los" is a powerful movie on its own that is driven by its well developed characters. The movie has some pretty violent scene's, they were really not holding back here and I found it even quite shocking and disturbing at times but in a good way.

The story is very solid and well written and it's loosely based on true events. Yes people, these events and gangs are so rare in The Netherlands that they make movies about them. All of the events in the movie feel all very realistic which is I think also thanks to the fine actors. But it's not all violence in this movie, the movie is driven by some powerful emotions and the movie has several layers. It's a both powerful emotional movie as well as a violent one. In a way the movie shows that everyone has it in him or her to become a criminal. Basically there is no reason why this couldn't happen to any of you out there.

The movie is very well directed by Pieter Kuijpers, who is a great character director. The fine cinematography by Bert Pot impressed me and the music by 'Het Paleis van Boem' set the mood for the movie perfectly.

To be honest, I was kind of worried when the movie and its narration began. All of the main characters in the movie are speaking with a certain Dutch accent they speak in the southern province Limburg. I'm from the absolute most northern province of The Netherlands and Limburg is the most southern province of The Netherlands. Needless to say that the accents are completely different and in my ears even irritating, than I'm used to. But those worries were all for nothing, you get used to the accents very quick and after a while you don't even really notice them anymore. Of course for all the people outside The Netherlands who don't speak one word of Dutch, this isn't a complaint because they will simply of course not be bothered by it at all.

This movie most certainly surprised me in a positive way and I think that this movie deserves an international audience.


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