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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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Chef in de cel
Rachid Benbouchta ...
Cipier #2
Mostafa Benkerroum ...
Babazia
Peter Bolhuis ...
Jack Scholten
Warre Borgmans ...
Jozef Van Zuylen
Axel Daeseleire ...
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Wim Danckaert ...
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Rita Van Loock
Veerle De Jonghe ...
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Matias (5 years)
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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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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 »

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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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Belgian Midnight Express
11 June 2006 | by (Silver Lake, Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

I had high hopes for this movie, I really did. I'm a big fan of the "Drug Smuggler Caught in Foreign Prison" genre, such as it is. Unfortunately, it does look like a made for TV movie - there aren't any risks taken with the genre here.

Although you want to see the poor, imprisoned bus driver get out, you have to wonder why he keeps antagonizing the guards and his fellow inmates. My sympathy for him ended there; I couldn't see myself arguing with the guards in a Moroccan prison. There are probably healthier ways to spend your time.

Check out Brokedown Palace or Midnight Express instead.


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