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Katie Tippel (1975)

Keetje Tippel (original title)
The young girl Keetje moves to Amsterdam in 1881 with her impoverished family, and is led into prostitution in order to survive. In the process she sees the corrupting influence of money.

Director:

Paul Verhoeven

Writers:

Gerard Soeteman (screenplay), Neel Doff (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Monique van de Ven ... Keetje Tippel
Rutger Hauer ... Hugo
Andrea Domburg Andrea Domburg ... Keetje's moeder
Hannah de Leeuwe Hannah de Leeuwe ... Mina, Keetje's zus
Jan Blaaser Jan Blaaser ... Keetje's vader
Eddie Brugman Eddie Brugman ... André (as Eddy Brugman)
Peter Faber Peter Faber ... George
Mart Gevers Mart Gevers
Riet Henius Riet Henius
Walter Kous Walter Kous ... Pierre
Paul Meyer Paul Meyer ... Hoofd wasfabriek
Tonny Popper Tonny Popper
Jan Retèl Jan Retèl ... Dokter
Fons Rademakers ... Klant
Riek Schagen ... Geest
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The young girl Keetje moves to Amsterdam in 1881 with her impoverished family, and is led into prostitution in order to survive. In the process she sees the corrupting influence of money. Written by Doug Shafer <dsshafer@uncc.edu>

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The passion of BERGMAN...The boldness of FELLINI...The epic sweep of BERTOLUCCI

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Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

6 March 1975 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Katie Tippel See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rob Houwer Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Verhoeven had agreed to do the movie based on a elaborate synopsis, in which the story of the protagonist Keetje was told in parallel with a period drama depicting the social circumstances and political unrest of the time. With preproduction well under way, he and Gerard Soeteman elaborated the synopsis into a complete script, but it was vetoed as being too expensive by producer Rob Houwer. He ordered them to focus on the personal drama and remove most of the social issues, including several scenes of mass rebellion and revolt that were Verhoeven's main reasons for taking on the project. See more »

Alternate Versions

A few more explicit shots of the rape scene were cut to avoid an "X" rating in the U.S. They are restored on home video in an unrated version. See more »

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Referenced in De Avond van de Filmmuziek (2015) See more »

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Appropriate for the History Channel not late night cable
1 December 2000 | by mbdhoundSee all my reviews

This movie details the struggle of young Dutch women,Keetje Tippel (Monique Van De Ven) from the countryside who moves with her family to Amsterdam in search of a better life only to find themselves living among filth, vermin and squalor in a slum. She finds work in various jobs where conditions are horrible and she is subjected to constant sexual harassment and eventually rape.

Finally she becomes a prostitute which ends up being her gateway to the good life as she becomes mistress to the banker, Hugo (Rutger Hauer) and later the respected wife of Hugo's wealthy friend.

This is an expose of the Dutch class-system in the 19th century and has socialist and feminist overtones. It ranks among the best of 1970's Dutch cinema and is easily the highlight of Monique Van De Ven's career.

Warning! Although there is some nudity and sexuality it is not done in celebration of sensuality but rather explores the dark side of exploitation of sex. This is a very serious film and not for those looking for light entertainment.


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