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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 19th century is cohvinced that he can make the kinds of changes that will actually help the local people he is in charge of, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Faber ... Max Havelaar
Sacha Bulthuis ... Tine
Adendu Soesilaningrat ... Regent (as E.M. Adenan Soesilaningrat)
Maruli Sitompul ... Demang
Krijn ter Braak ... Verbrugge
Carl van der Plas ... Resident
... Mevrouw Slotering
Joop Admiraal ... Slotering
Piet Burnama ... Djaska (as Pitradjaja Burnama)
Herry Lantho ... Saïdjah
Nenny Zulaini ... Adinda
Sofia W.D. ... Babu
Minih bin Misan ... Saïdjah's vader
... Duclari
Frans Vorstman ... Gouverneur-generaal
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An idealistic Dutch colonial officer posted to Indonesia in the 19th century is cohvinced that he can make the kinds of changes that will actually help the local people he is in charge of, 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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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 »

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When Saidjah's brother chases the KNIL-soldiers, he is shot down with one shot. While falling, his forehead is intact. On the ground, you see a bullethole between his eyes See more »

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Referenced in Allemaal film: De gouden jaren (2007) See more »

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An Old Dutch Masterpiece in the Classic tradition
31 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

An idealistic Dutch colonial officer posted to Indonesia in the 19th century is convinced that he can make the kinds of changes that will actually help the local people he is in charge of, but soon runs into massive corruption on both sides.

MAX HAVELAAR, AN OLD DUTCH MASTERPIECE. VIewed at the Seattle Film Festival, June, 2007 .

Fons Rademaker's Dutch masterpiece "Max Havelaar" (The Netherlands, 1976, RT 170 minutes). Fons Rademaker was perhaps the greatest Dutch director and, based on this towering epic, clearly one of the greatest of all European directors. He died only a few month's ago (in 2007) and "Max Havelaar" is the Seattle film festival's fitting tribute to his memory. Rademakers "Havelaar" is a magnificent sweeping epic, based on a novel of the same name, telling a tale of Colonial oppression in the Dutch East Indies — today's Indonesia — in the mid 1850s. Max Havelaar was a Dutch colonial administrator with a sense of justice who struggled against a corrupt local Raja and his own corrupt racist fellow officials in favor of the ruthlessly exploited local farmers. Other than Rutger Hauer in a small role, there are no name actors known outside of Holland, although Peter Faber in the title role is superb and firmly believable as Max, and the large cast of Indonesian actors, male and female, young and old, are completely authentic, unlike Hollywood's phony depictions of such "natives". In short"Havelaar" is a classic of world cinema whose nearly three hours of screen time flit by timelessly. If one were to see only one Dutch film this one is it. Not to miss if it ever comes your Way.


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