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Tangier (2006)

De hel van Tanger (original title)
In August 1996, bus drivers Marcel Van Loock and Wim Moreels are apprehended by the Moroccan Customs for drug trafficking. Inside their bus, hidden behind a false compartment, they have ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Nadia Abdelouafi ...
Mohamed Bari ...
Chef in de cel
Rachid Benbouchta ...
Cipier #2
Mostafa Benkerroum ...
Peter Bolhuis ...
Jack Scholten
Warre Borgmans ...
Jozef Van Zuylen
Axel Daeseleire ...
Wim Moreels
Wim Danckaert ...
Kabinetschef de Winne
Michael De Cock ...
Sociaal Assistant
Mieke De Groote ...
Rita Van Loock
Veerle De Jonghe ...
Veronique (as Veerle Dejonghe)
Sophie Decleir ...
Billy Eelen ...
Matias (5 years)
Ossyane El Hassouni ...
Azdine Gharbaoui ...
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In August 1996, bus drivers Marcel Van Loock and Wim Moreels are apprehended by the Moroccan Customs for drug trafficking. Inside their bus, hidden behind a false compartment, they have discovered 700 pounds of hashish. Although the owner of the bus company is arrested as well and makes a full confession clearly indicating that both drivers were unaware of the hidden drugs, the Moroccan judge sentences both men to 5 years in the Moroccan prison of Tangiers. Nothing could have prepared the two men for life inside a Moroccan prison. Without food, clothes or medical care, they must learn how to take care of themselves to survive their stay in prison. Corrupt guards, corrupt lawyers and judges, a consul who doesn't care and frequent beatings are only part of the terrible prison. Meanwhile their families at home are left without any information, any help or any hope - finding out that their own government doesn't care for Belgian people in prisons abroad. Written by Dennis

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15 March 2006 (Belgium)  »

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Hell in Tangier - viattomana vangittu  »

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The real-life Marcel van Loock, on interviews with whom this movie is based, attended the premiere in Brussels. After the movie was over, he emotionally collapsed and needed to be left in peace for about twenty minutes. See more »


Rudy Vermeersch: Marcel, those pills... What are they for?
Marcel Van Loock: The beds are comfortable, aren't they?
Rudy Vermeersch: Are they for what l think they're for?
Marcel Van Loock: At least, they're better than the floor.
Rudy Vermeersch: Marcel.
Marcel Van Loock: l need them, Rudy.
Rudy Vermeersch: What do you need?
Marcel Van Loock: The certainty that if l can't take it anymore, l can put an end to it.
Rudy Vermeersch: Being hungry, cold, humiliated, a man can take all that.But the daily battle with your own thoughts, that's a different matter. lf things aren't right in your head, then you're finished, Marcel. Then you're really finished.
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A good quality production
2 September 2007 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

I have seen this film today and must say I was surprised by the acting and the setting of this movie.

Most of the scenes in the movie (the ones where they got transferred to another jail) have been taken in a prison for about 10km from my home at Tongeren (BE)...as this prison is now a museum I was able to go there and feel what it's like in jail. I must say the claustrophobic and unpleasant feeling you get if you walk trough that place is really good shown in the movie.

Further I think for the low budget producers and directors of movies in Belgium got it's the best they could make out of it. No, the story isn't original and Axel is not the best actor in my point of view, but the movie touched me somewhere..especially the feeling brought out of what the family of a convict goes trough...

Conclusion: go see this one.

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