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Ciske the Rat (1984)

Ciske de Rat (original title)
A poor 11-year-old schoolboy with a heart of gold grows up in 1930s Amsterdam.


Guido Pieters


Piet Bakker (novel), Karin Loomans
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny de Munk ... Ciske Vrijmoeth / Ciske de Rat
Willeke van Ammelrooy ... Moeder Marie
Herman van Veen Herman van Veen ... Meester Bruis
Willem Nijholt ... Oom Henri
Peter Faber Peter Faber ... Vader Cor
Rijk de Gooyer ... Rechercheur Muyskens
Linda van Dyck Linda van Dyck ... Tante Jans
Carolien van den Berg Carolien van den Berg ... Tante Chris
Adriaan Olree Adriaan Olree ... De Goey
Ingeborg Uyt den Boogaard Ingeborg Uyt den Boogaard ... Schooljuffrouw
Danny Merk Danny Merk ... Theo
Mara Peelen Mara Peelen ... Corrie
Rudi Falkenhagen Rudi Falkenhagen ... Cafebaas (as Rudy Falkenhagen)
Hans Holtkamp Hans Holtkamp ... Vriend van Henri
Henk Rigters Henk Rigters ... Van Loon


11-year-old Amsterdam schoolboy Ciske, a scamp with a heart of gold, causes havoc in the classroom pouring ink over his teacher. Yet when a polio-crippled boy joins the class Ciske is one of the only children to befriend him and is bullied as a result. His mother works in a bar and Ciske helps out often late into the night - his father is at sea and his mother supplements her income with prostitution. Ciske also smolders with rage at life's injustices. Written by kabouter <kab@kabouter.demon.nl>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Version of Ciske de Rat (1955) See more »


Ik voel mij zo verdomd alleen
Lyrics by Karin Loomans
Music by Herman van Veen
Performed by Danny de Munk
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Ciske a troubled little boy.
4 August 2016 | by AdargiSee all my reviews

A troubling little film about an eleven year old boy in Amsterdam called Ciske (Franciskus) Vrijmoeth, who has no friends and is only called "the rat". The setting is in Amsterdam in the 1930s. Ciske has to change school, because he poured ink over his teacher's head. After school, he helps out in a pub, where his mother Marie also works. His beloved father Cor is a fisherman and therefore not at home. The story is told by his new teacher Bruis, who gives him a chance, and he who lives a troubled life, until a Crippled boy turns up at his school Ciske is the only one to befriend the poor boy, after that everyone in his school including his once friends gang up on him for bullying the crippled boy and then if you thought that was bad, Ciske gets into tragic trouble and gets locked up!

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29 March 1984 (Netherlands) See more »

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