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Max Havelaar (1976)

Max Havelaar of de koffieveilingen der Nederlandsche handelsmaatschappij (original title)
An idealistic Dutch colonial officer posted to Indonesia in the nineteenth century is convinced that he can make the kinds of changes that will actually help the local people of whom he is in charge.

Director:

Fons Rademakers

Writers:

Gerard Soeteman (screenplay), Multatuli (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Faber Peter Faber ... Max Havelaar
Sacha Bulthuis Sacha Bulthuis ... Tine
Adendu Soesilaningrat Adendu Soesilaningrat ... Regent (as E.M. Adenan Soesilaningrat)
Maruli Sitompul Maruli Sitompul ... Demang
Krijn ter Braak Krijn ter Braak ... Verbrugge
Carl van der Plas Carl van der Plas ... Resident
Rima Melati ... Mevrouw Slotering
Joop Admiraal Joop Admiraal ... Slotering
Pitradjaya Burnama Pitradjaya Burnama ... Djaska (as Pitradjaja Burnama)
Herry Lantho Herry Lantho ... Saïdjah
Nenny Zulaini Nenny Zulaini ... Adinda
Sofia W.D. Sofia W.D. ... Babu
Minih bin Misan Minih bin Misan ... Saïdjah's vader
Rutger Hauer ... Duclari
Frans Vorstman Frans Vorstman ... Gouverneur-generaal
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Storyline

An idealistic Dutch colonial officer posted to Indonesia in the nineteenth century is convinced that he can make the kinds of changes that will actually help the local people of whom he is in charge, but circumstances soon make him realize just how out of touch he really is, and it doesn't take long for things to go from bad to worse. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Julien Schoenaerts was supposed to play Max Havelaar, but was dropped when he refused to shave off his beard. Another contender was Rutger Hauer, who eventually got a supporting part. See more »

Goofs

When the movie starts, a trumpeter plays the Dutch national anthem, the "Wilhelmus". But in 1850, that was not yet the Dutch anthem. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Late Late Lien Show: Episode #1.3 (1979) See more »

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Public Domain?
27 June 2008 | by barbaranolanSee all my reviews

I was able to rent the DVD of this film from a place in Portland, Oregon. They had a copy of the original and seemed to believe the film had been placed in the public domain, available to be copied. You might want to check on that yourself. If that is true, it could be that you would be able to purchase a copy yourself. I'm not sure how the law of public domain applies to films created the 1980's since I would imagine the copyright would have been renewed somehow by 2008. Does anyone else have information regarding this?

I had not heard of this film before visiting this rental place but was looking for the films of Verhoeven when I stumbled on this one directed by Fons Rademakers. It seemed especially apropos since both my parents were Dutch-Indonesian and their parents were part of the latter days of Dutch colonial culture. It wasn't until Indonesian independence that my grandparents were persuaded to leave that beautiful land for the rainy gloomy weather of the Netherlands. After 25 years in the humid summers and bitter winters of Detroit, I ended up in Portland, where the weather is much more like Holland. Go figure!


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Country:

Indonesia | Netherlands

Language:

Dutch | Malay

Release Date:

9 September 1976 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Max Havelaar See more »

Filming Locations:

Bogor, Indonesia

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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