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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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This film was shot from back to front, so it would be easier on lead actor Filip Peeters. He lost around 60 pounds by only drinking liquid foods for a few months, and could then gain weight throughout the shoot. He said it was very awkward to play a very worn out person (as his character Marcel van Loock was at the end of the movie), when you've just started shooting. 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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good enough for a Belgian
2 January 2007 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Although I'm Belgian I'm not a big fan of our movies. Mostly they look indeed as TV-movies and as we live in a pretty small country, you almost see always the same actors appearing.

I hesitated before watching this movie. But after all I'm very pleased with the result. It's not the new 'midnight express' but ' De hel van Tanger' is based on a true story which shocked a greater part of Belgium.

They used the bigger actors in our country to make this movie worth while and they did a good job. (Nice to know; the movie was shoot in reverse. Because the character of Herman van Loock had to lose 35 kg.)

It might not win an Oscar, but I rate this movie a 7 because it's rather realistic and includes some good acting. If you like these types of movie or you are familiar with the 'real Herman van Loock' I would recommend it!


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