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De boezemvriend (1982)

A quack dentist is mistaken by a corrupt Dutch Colonel for one of Napoleons Inspector Generals during Napoleons occupation in 1811. What follows is a hilarious feast of similar ... See full summary »


Dimitri Frenkel Frank, Nikolay Gogol (play) (as Nikolai Gogol)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
André van Duin ... Fred van der Zee / Professor Pasdupain
Leen Jongewaard Leen Jongewaard ... Kolonel
Geert de Jong Geert de Jong ... Vrouw van de Kolonel
Manouk van der Meulen ... Sofie
Henk Reijn Henk Reijn ... Adjudant
Jerome Reehuis Jerome Reehuis ... Napoleon
Connie Breukhoven Connie Breukhoven ... Mercedes (as Vanessa)
Corry van Gorp Corry van Gorp ... Madame Tilly
Frans van Dusschoten Frans van Dusschoten ... Maarschalk
Hans Leendertse Hans Leendertse ... Burgemeester
Ischa Meijer Ischa Meijer ... Commissaris
Frans Mulder Frans Mulder ... Gemeentesecretaris
Hannah de Leeuwe Hannah de Leeuwe ... Vrouw van de commissaris
Maeve van der Steen Maeve van der Steen ... Vrouw van de gemeentesecretaris
Tetske van Ossewaarde Tetske van Ossewaarde ... Vrouw van de burgemeester


A quack dentist is mistaken by a corrupt Dutch Colonel for one of Napoleons Inspector Generals during Napoleons occupation in 1811. What follows is a hilarious feast of similar misunderstandings and is only meant for those with a good sense of humor. Written by Wilbert Lek <wilbert.lek@gmail.com>

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Release Date:

9 December 1982 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Наполеон ме очаква See more »

Filming Locations:

Leersum, Utrecht, Netherlands


Box Office


NLG3,000,000 (estimated)
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The film failed to recoup the production costs (3 million guilders) by a narrow margin, ending the movie careers of star André van Duin and producer Joop van den Ende. Both of them went back to television. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the TV version, all product placement had to be removed according to Dutch law. Because of this, a number of pop culture references, some punch lines and even the name of Vanessa's character (Mercedes) were omitted. The film was shown unedited for the first time on Dutch Television in December 2005, by which time all of the commercial references had become outdated. See more »


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Eendjes van de Leliegracht
Performed by Manke Nelis
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Best Dutch comedy ever?
13 March 2003 | by tbeekersSee all my reviews

Possibly, this is a point of discussion, but I don't think there are a lot of Dutch people that don't remember André van Duin's old shows, and most of those will remember this gem; de Boezemvriend.

The humour, when looking back, is typically van Duin and by that logic, won't appeal to a lot of people....and with people I mean adults. But it will appeal powerfully to all van Duin fans and maybe even to all Dutch people. This movie was quite immensely popular and still is quite a hit on Dutch television.

The story line is ludicrous at best, the movie takes place in the time of Napoleon and has as little to do with reality as might humanly be possible.

As for the international audience...I don't know, I would advise you to take a look, even if it is only to see the once-hot Vanessa (you don't want to see her now).

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