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Five friends take their hours with petty crimes. Are persuaded by a tough gangster and his seductive girlfriend to rob a bank. When they are caught, they are condemned to spend a year and a half in Glen Mills, an experimental reformatory. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Fouad Mourigh ... Abdel
Farhane El Hamchaoui ... Mohammed
Jones Kruijne ... Hamid
Remco Alberts ... Jacky
Julien de Roover ... Jeffrey

Katja Schuurman ... Mabel

Johnny de Mol ... Prof
Steve Hooi ... Simon
Thijs Römer ... Rob
Gijs Naber ... Bert
Jaffar Reynold Nicolaas ... Bo
Illias Aâziz ... Henk
Najim Laoukili ... Najib
Lore Dijkman ... Tara
Gerrit Zalm ... Bankdirector

Eric van Sauers ... Coach
Ruben van der Leer ... Big Brother
Gijs van de Westelaken ... Commissaris
S.W.J. Zoutman ... Juwelier
Angelien de Bruyn ... Staflid
Tarik Imahda ... Teacher
Gerard Meuleman ... Rij-Instucteur
Salih Toprak ... Sport Techer
Hanneke Waanders ... Detentiemedewerker
Audrey Sumpter ... Girl in Hangout
Stefan Hulman ... Politie
John Wannet ... Arrestanten vervoer
Mark Hatog ... Arrestanten vervoer
Milan Philipp ... Klant in Bank

Directed by
Theo van Gogh 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Theodor Holman 
Gijs van de Westelaken 

Produced by
Ellen Havenith .... assistant producer
Mardou Jacobs .... executive producer
Gijs van de Westelaken .... producer
Original Music by
Rainer Hensel 
Cinematography by
Alex de Waal 
Joost van Herwijnen 
Thomas Kist 
Film Editing by
Merel Notten 
Casting by
Job Gosschalk 
Production Design by
Ruud Van Dijk 
Art Direction by
Jan Rutgers 
Set Decoration by
Robert van Leeuwen 
Costume Design by
Claudia Damman 
Makeup Department
Ingrid Dorresteijn .... makeup artist (as Ingrid Dorrestein)
Carolina Leenders .... makeup artist
Production Management
Martijn Overing .... assistant production manager
Judith Schuitert .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Doesjka van Hoogdalem .... assistant director
Art Department
Rob Bos .... constructor
Frank Bulthuis .... property master
Chantal van Dijk .... assistant art director
Edwin Kemper .... set dresser
Frank Overtoom .... decorator
Martinus Smit .... constructor
Tijmen van Dijk .... construction runner
Sound Department
Anouk Bouman .... sound assistant
Sophie Determeyer .... sound assistant
Leo Franssen .... sound
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Patrick Lemmens .... assistant re-recording mixer (as Patrick Lemens)
Wilfried van Baelen .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Arthur van Oest .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Arjen Abbestee .... visual effects
Nickey Norbart .... stunts (as Nicky Norbart)
Curd van der Linden .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Thijm Huybrechtse .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Alexandra Keddeman .... post-production
Daphne Maierna .... color timer
Daan van de Westelaken .... assistant editor
Other crew
Peter Doorn .... location manager
Reinier Smit .... production assistant
Sander van Velzen .... location scout

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89 min

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The movie was really filmed at Glenn Mills, the juvenile detention facility featured. Some of the actors were real juvenile delinquents. They were cast as part of a program to get juvenile delinquents back on the right path through work, in this case acting. Several of them also appeared in Theo van Gogh's 06/05 (2004) and have since pursued an acting career.See more »
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Not so Cool, 13 December 2005
Author: gradyharp from United States

This film COOL! is the last film made by Theo van Gogh, a vociferous advocate for free speech and the great-great-grandson of Theo van Gogh, brother of the famous Vincent van Gogh, before he was murdered in 2004 by Muslim extremist following a television documentary on the mistreatment of women in the Islam sector. That fact alone gives some reason to watching this low budget, moderately effective movie. One wonders what other projects might have followed from this man's creative output: COOL! is not a great epitaph.

Life in contemporary city streets in Holland finds a small group of Moroccan adolescents whose rather gentle leader is Abdel (Fouad Mourigh), challenged by a life of idealism but propelled by the financial rewards of small crime. One major, though young, gangster is Prof (Johnny de Mol) who manipulates Abdel's boys into a bank heist arranged by Prof and his girl Mabel (Katja Schuurman). The heist is thwarted by undercover cops and Abdel and his gang are placed in a reformatory school where they are to learn the ways to fit into society rather than remain on the unsuccessful periphery. They resist at first but gradually learn though group therapy the benefits of self respect, respect for their fellowmen, and finding goals for turning their nebulous lives around. They are offered passes from the school and during one of those passes an incident occurs when tempted to return to their old ways, an incident that capitalizes on the reform school teachings.

van Gogh's technique for filming this rather lack-luster story was to utilize Hip Hop not only for the background music but also for conveying some of the dialogue of the film. That impairs involvement as it creates more of a vaudeville atmosphere to a serious story. The cast simply isn't strong enough to pull off this caper film, despite some fine moments from Mourigh and Schuurman. The message is clear but the method dilutes it into a too blatant form of preaching. In Dutch and Arabic with subtitles. Grady Harp, December 05

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