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The Lift (1983)

De lift (original title)
An elevator mysteriously begins to function intelligently on its own, where victims who go near the elevator or use it are killed.

Director:

Dick Maas

Writer:

Dick Maas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Huub Stapel ... Felix Adelaar
Willeke van Ammelrooy ... Mieke de Beer
Josine van Dalsum Josine van Dalsum ... Saskia Adelaar
Liz Snoyink Liz Snoyink ... Vrouw in Lift
Wiske Sterringa Wiske Sterringa ... Vrouw in Lift
Huib Broos Huib Broos ... Man in Lift
Pieter Lutz ... Man in Lift
Johan Hobo ... Ober
Dick Scheffer Dick Scheffer ... Gérant
Matthias Maat Matthias Maat ... Ober
Ger van Groningen Ger van Groningen ... Ober
Jan Anne Drenth Jan Anne Drenth ... Nachtportier
Emma Onrust Emma Onrust ... Dochertje
Sydney Kuyer Sydney Kuyer ... Zoontje
Cor Witschge Cor Witschge ... Dagportier
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Storyline

A lift begins displaying some erratic behavior, like trapping some party goers and nearly suffocating them, and decapitating a security guard. Felix, the technician from the lift company, can't find anything wrong with the circuitry. When he and a nosy reporter begin asking questions of the lift company's electronics partner (Rising Sun Electronics) his boss puts him on a leave of absence. A subsequent visit to a professor leads them to believe that some evil experiments are being conducted with MICROCHIPS. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Take the Stairs, Take the Stairs. For God's Sake, Take the Stairs!!!

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

4 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lift See more »

Filming Locations:

Almere, Flevoland, Netherlands See more »

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Budget:

€350,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The office building Kronenstede where the lift is in, is still operational under this name to this very day. It houses a software firm. During the film, after the first incident with the lift, Felix gets a phone call, and mentions the house number 14: this is correct since the building is located on Prof. W.H. Keesomlaan 14, in Amstelveen. See more »

Goofs

When the blind man walks to the elevator he tips his stick forward exactly to find the wall, like he is perfectly seeing when to do it. See more »

Quotes

Head Waiter: These damn machines will be the death of us all some day!
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Connections

Referenced in Hollow Man (2000) See more »

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An engrossing urban thriller in one environment we can't avoid.
3 November 1998 | by tonygladSee all my reviews

I agree with John Hartl's review about the quality of this movie. It could easily have been silly, but it definitely is not. The last part, with Felix lit only by his industrial hand lamp in the enemy's own domain, is completely engrossing. The - quite sparse - music is eerily effective and the photography very good, as are the performances. In the version I saw, the dubbing is well done and convincing. Another winner from the Netherlands. About time we high risers took the lift seriously!


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