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Turkish Delight (1973)

Turks fruit (original title)
A young love faces with an old problems.

Director:

Paul Verhoeven

Writers:

Gerard Soeteman (screenplay), Jan Wolkers (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Monique van de Ven ... Olga
Rutger Hauer ... Eric
Tonny Huurdeman Tonny Huurdeman ... Moeder
Wim van den Brink Wim van den Brink ... Vader
Hans Boskamp Hans Boskamp ... Winkelchef
Dolf de Vries Dolf de Vries ... Paul
Manfred de Graaf Manfred de Graaf ... Henny
Dick Scheffer Dick Scheffer ... Accountant
Marjol Flore Marjol Flore ... Tineke
Bert Dijkstra Bert Dijkstra ... Functionaris
Bert André Bert André ... Functionaris in Limburg
Jon Bluming Jon Bluming ... Beveiliging
Paul Brandenburg Paul Brandenburg ... Bruidegom
Suze Broks Suze Broks ... Eric's One night stand (as Suzie Broks)
David Conyers David Conyers ... Amerikaan
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Storyline

Sort of a cross between "Love Story" and an earthy Rembrandt painting, this movie stars Rutger Hauer as a gifted Dutch sculptor who has a stormy, erotic, and star-crossed romance with a beautiful young girl. The story follows the arc of their relationship and his interaction with her family. Told in flashback form, initially Hauer is seen as a libertine lothario collector, taking trophies from his sexual conquests and pasting them in a book. He sees a sculpture he made of his lost lover and goes into a flashback of his relationship with his wife. He meets the girl, falls in love with/marries her, and we meet her parents: a charming, well meaning, bumbling father, and his shrew of a wife, who's convinced Hauer's too much of a bohemian to make a good mate for her daughter. Eventually, the petty jealousies, the sexual hijinks, and the climactic vomit scene prove too much for the marriage, and sculptor and his lady fair separate. Flash forward several months, and Hauer finds the girl back... Written by <cfidalgo@intrex.net>

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Taglines:

This is the indulgence of passion

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch | English

Release Date:

27 September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eric and Olga See more »

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Budget:

NLG800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In Rutger Hauer's autobiography All Those Moments, he noted how Paul Verhoeven explained to him that they could only do a few takes but had confidence in everyone since he knew talent when he saw it. Although sometimes he would explain what kind of emotion he wanted based on the context of the script and let the actors run with it. See more »

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Eric Vonk: I screw better than God.
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Meisjes met rode haren
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Written by Manfred Oberdörffer (uncredited) & Hans Georg Moslener (uncredited)
Dutch lyrics by Pim van Zijl (uncredited)
Performed by Arne Jansen (uncredited)
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Showed early promise but nowhere near masterpiece status.
24 February 2002 | by AdFinSee all my reviews

The first successful film from Dutch provocateur Paul Verhoeven, famous for of course Robocop and Basic Instinct (and infamous for Showgirls) is a small scale, human relationship drama that not only established the careers of Verhoeven and start Rutget Hauer but signalled the new wave for the Dutch film industry. However Turks Fruit is nothing more than the Dutch Love Story, as moody artist Eric (Hauer) falls in love with Olga (Monique van de Ven) after the young lady pick him up from the side of a motorway. The film is littered with so much bawdy humour I'm sure Benny Hill was kicking himself somewhere for not thinking of it, in one particular cringe inducing scene Eric gets himself caught in the zip of his pants, the couple then has to drive around franticly to find a set of pliers. I'm sure this kind of schoolboy theatrics played well to the Dutch polo-neck brigade, but as the film shifts into more serious territory the humour only deflates any building melodrama that Verhoeven was probably shooting for.

Another problem with the film is Hauer's character Eric; he's too much of a chauvinist and bully, not only towards Olga, but even more so to the numerous women he sleeps with after she has left (You're fat is just one example of his pillow talk). We never feel anything for him, not that Hauer isn't good in the role he plays it very well, but playing butch carefree characters has never been too much of a stretch for him. Van de Ven is impressive as the liberated Olga, and she would go on to give another fine performance in Keetje Tippel, but she is used too much like an object and never really becomes likable enough. Definitely a product of its time, the sexual revolution was noticeably in full swing, as Eric goes from woman to woman without a seconds though about the consequences. It's this dating that also detracts from the film. Whatever Verhoeven was trying to say about relationships, and the constant power play between men and women, he just doesn't get the balance right. All in all, Turks Fruit is an impressive early feature that tries to belie it's exploitation roots and to become series storytelling just a little too late in the game. 6/10


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