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The Hell of '63 (2009)
"De hel van '63" (original title)

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When conditions are right an infamous ice-skating race is held in the north of the Netherlands. The 200 km race must be completed by midnight and everyone who finishes receives a medal. ... See full summary »

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Commissaris der Koningin Harry Linthorst Homan
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Sergeant-Majoor Hoeks
Dirk Zeelenberg ...
Telegraaf-journalist Jack
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Militair Edwin
Cas Jansen ...
Henk Brenninkmeijer
Peter Tuinman ...
Eisinga
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Kees Ferwerda
Kees Prins ...
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Lottie Hellingman ...
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Chava Voor in 't Holt ...
Annemiek
Rense Westra ...
Jan Hoogland - voorzitter Elfstedentocht
Peggy Vrijens ...
Journalist Joke
Klemens Patijn ...
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When conditions are right an infamous ice-skating race is held in the north of the Netherlands. The 200 km race must be completed by midnight and everyone who finishes receives a medal. This film is based on the true facts of the fateful day in 1963 when, due to plunging temperatures and rough terrain,thousands of skaters suffered frostbite and shocking injuries. Only a small number would cross the finish-line, but for those who did, it was to be a life changing event! Written by Holland Film

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The jeep used by the soldier to leave the camp has a yellow license plate which became common in the seventies/eighties. But is for real a army plate because of the characters KP. The big military vehicles do have gray plates but no army plates. See more »

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Brings the heroes of the ice alive
13 January 2010 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I went to this movie not expecting too much and having read a review that only gave it two of five stars. Thus I was pleasantly surprised to see what a good movie Steven de Jong made of the events took place on this day in 1963 when 10.000 people started an ice-skating tour that only 69 of the tourskaters would bring to an end. The story brings four people together that have different reasons for taking part in the tour. The stories are nicely brought together. We also get a good feel of how harsh this tour was. The cinematography is on a high level and the music is great. Also good to see that a main part is spoken in Frisian as this event takes place in Friesland. I would recommend this to anyone who like to see a realistic fight for survival on the ice that brings people together in such a way that only the 11-cities tour can.


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