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Several Dutch teenagers realize the cruel difference between dreams and reality.

Director:

Paul Verhoeven

Writer:

Gerard Soeteman (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hans van Tongeren Hans van Tongeren ... Rien
Renée Soutendijk ... Fientje
Toon Agterberg Toon Agterberg ... Eef
Maarten Spanjer Maarten Spanjer ... Hans
Marianne Boyer Marianne Boyer ... Maya
Peter Tuinman Peter Tuinman ... Jaap
Saskia van Basten-Batenburg Saskia van Basten-Batenburg ... Truus (as Saskia Ten Batenburg)
Yvonne Valkenburg Yvonne Valkenburg ... Annette
Ab Abspoel Ab Abspoel ... Rien's vader (as Albert Abspoel)
Rudi Falkenhagen Rudi Falkenhagen ... Hans' Vader
Hans Veerman ... Eef's vader
Ben Aerden Ben Aerden ... Oude Homosexueel
Kitty Courbois Kitty Courbois ... Doctor
Margot Keune Margot Keune ... Meisje op bromfiets
Jonna Koster Jonna Koster ... Gerrit's vrouw
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Storyline

Three young Dutch amateur dirt bike motorcycle racers each fall in love with a young woman who, with her brother, works at a concession stand at the races. Everyone is looking for a better life. The young woman wants out of the business and away from her brother. The motocross racers want to make their marks as professional racers, like their hero, played by Rutger Hauer. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

28 February 1980 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Descontrol See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The film was heavily criticized in Holland. Many critics accused the film of being anti-women, anti-gay, anti-invalid, and anti-Chistian. They also called it devoid of morals and needlessly decadent. This criticism was one of the contributing factors in Paul Verhoeven's decision to begin making films in America rather than his native land. In fact, on the film's commentary track Verhoeven states that the reason he was not fazed by the negative criticism of his film Showgirls (1995) was because he'd already been through it with Spetters (1980). See more »

Goofs

When Fientje confronts the journalist, she pulls her big blue Chevy right in front of the journalists sports car from his left side. He even leans on her car just a few feet away from his car while talking to her. Moments later, they both get into his sports car and he drives forward and to the left, exactly where her car should be. See more »

Alternate Versions

Passed uncut by the BBFC in 2004 See more »

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19 January 2005 | by bart-117See all my reviews

I just saw this film last night and was really amazed by it. Unlike the Verhoeven films that most American audiences are familiar with (Robocop, Total Recall etc) it was a compelling coming of age piece set in Holland. Like most of his early Dutch films, you can feel many of the hallmarks of his style coming together and it's a testament to his skill as a director that he can make a small character-driven film about ordinary people like SPETTERS every bit as compelling as a gigantic special effects driven spectacle like ROBOCOP.

This is an 80's disco motocross movie that has very little disco and very little motocross. What it has are many strong characters, all of them navigating life transitions and trying to figure out their place in the world.

As for the "shocking" scenes that a lot of people are referring to in the posts, there is a fair amount of sex and nudity (male especially) in this film but to call it "shocking" is misleading. The reason the film's frank treatment of sexuality is so eye opening is the way Verhoeven handles it as no big deal. Two men sneak into a subway for a tryst, and you actually see one of the guys go down on the other guy. Two pairs of teenagers sneak into an abandoned building to have sex and you see it. Or when a man and a woman lay in bed talking after having sex, you see the guy totally naked as well as the girl. What happens happens and it's presented as is.

Verhoeven doesn't cut away from nudity, but at the same time doesn't artificially sexualize it by zooming in it, laying in sexy background music etc etc. Like the co-ed shower scene in STARSHIP TROOPERS, it's presented in a completely matter of fact way. Verhoeven doesn't allude to anything in these scenes, and it gives the film a power and honesty and that wouldn't be there otherwise.

Overall I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this movie to anyone.

Bart Blackstone * Film Club Hollywood, CA


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