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

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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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Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

28 February 1980 (Netherlands) See more »

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Descontrol See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Was originally titled "Buddies", before Paul Verhoeven's wife suggested the title change. See more »

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During the first bike race which Hans (Maarten Spanjer) loses because his bike breaks down, he gets splattered with dirt/mud all over his white jersey. But when he is at the trailer getting food moments later, his jersey is free of mud and dirt. See more »

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References Turkish Delight (1973) See more »

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A Great Film
21 October 2000 | by Aw-komonSee all my reviews

This film is really great. It's about three young, cocky Dutch guys whose lives revolve around Motorcross racing and their encounters with a cute, ambitious, smart working-class girl who lives in a trailer and is a short order cook around the Motorcross site.

It is ultra-realistic and true to life and at the same time over-the-top and absurd to satirize the equally ridiculous but more fleeting absurdities of everyday life; in fact, 'real life' is much more absurd than anything that happens in this movie, but 'toned down,' and harder to notice, except upon reflection. With 'over the top' movies like "Spetters" the absurdities we all notice are turned 'way up high' for instant and easier identification and reflection. Other great movies of this type I've seen are Verhoeven's American version of "Spetters," "Showgirls," Sam Fuller's "Shock Corridor," Ken Russell's fantastic uncut version of "Crimes of Passion," and Mathew Bright's first "Freeway," but "Spetters" tops them all. It is the ultimate masterpiece of 'over-the-top' satire.

Try to find a well-stocked video store that carries the uncensored, subtitled Director's cut for rent (it's got some very graphic sex scenes in it with full fronal nudity, and a homosexual gang rape that makes anything in "American Me" look tame); it's a well transferred version which came out on HBO video a few years ago, and is now unavailable for sale for some reason; I'd buy it in a second if it was available.


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