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 »
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
The weather forecaster on the TV reports that a "weather alarm" has been issued, but the concept of weather alarm was first introduced in the Netherlands in 2001 (http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weeralarm) and the movie is set in 1963. See more »
a) As a movie of any kind, about any place, and about any event. (script , acting, plot, direction, etc all are very, very poor indeed)
b) an a "faction" account of a historical event (compare : depict concentration camps as holiday resorts and you get the idea.)
c) as an alleged representation of a real country (a province) in 1963 (the date of the event). Go to Disney Land or another fantasy and be disappointed when seeing the real thing.
If you see a commercial made by a local tourist bureau you expect that many things are made a bit "rosy" and more attractive than when you get there. Indeed, the scenes of the villages etc. are lovely .. and false.
AND INDEED, by golly, the local provincial governments (i.e. the taxpayers) DID put a lot of money in this movie.
Yes, I am Dutch. Yes, I remember the winter of 1963. Yes, I myself skated on that day although my "endurance" was a far cry from the participants of this 200 kilometers competition AND (simultaneous) "recreational" skaters.
(Just a statistic: 9.862 people started, i.e. participated 127 made it to the finish.)
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