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.
Did You Know?
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
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
9 September 1976 (Netherlands)
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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