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A rather a-social family, gets a chance to live in an upper-class neighborhood. As they are not accepted by the snobs living there, they get in all sorts of trouble.


Dick Maas


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nelly Frijda Nelly Frijda ... Ma Flodder
Huub Stapel ... Johnnie
René van 't Hof René van 't Hof ... Zoon Kees
Tatjana Simic Tatjana Simic ... Dochter Kees
Horace Cohen ... Henkie
Nani Lehnhausen Nani Lehnhausen ... Toet
Jan-Willem Hees Jan-Willem Hees ... Opa (as Jan Willem Hees)
Boris Boris ... Whisky
Wodan Wodan ... Whisky
Lou Landré Lou Landré ... Maatschappelijk Werker
Apollonia van Ravenstein Apollonia van Ravenstein ... Yolanda Kruisman
Herbert Flack ... Wim Kruisman
Lettie Oosthoek Lettie Oosthoek ... Buurvrouw Neuteboom
Bert André Bert André ... Buurman Neuteboom
Gerrie van der Klei Gerrie van der Klei ... Buurvrouw Wijnberg


A rather a-social family, gets a chance to live in an upper-class neighborhood. As they are not accepted by the snobs living there, they get in all sorts of trouble.

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Release Date:

17 December 1986 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

A suttyó család See more »


Box Office


$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€794,000 (Netherlands), 18 December 1986, Limited Release
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First Floor Features See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Simon van Collem: the Dutch film critic, cinephile and TV personality plays the man who ends up getting a car in his swimming pool. See more »


The Flodders and all their working-class friends have accents from the Dutch Randstad area, which is known for its extremely flat landscape. Yet we clearly see some hills in Zonnedael. The architecture of the inner city is also clearly from a different region. See more »


Ma Flodder: [throwing rubbish in the bin, but a toy train does not land in the bin but on the floor near the bin. The toy train breaks and something falls out. It seems to be a lot of bank notes held together with an elastic] Now what the heck?
[literally: now get the tuberculosis!]
Ma Flodder: Ma Flodder:
[takes more toy trains out of the bin, drops them on the floor so that they break. More banknotes falling out]
Ma Flodder: Now what the heck is this?
[later in the living room]
Johnnie: What the heck is this?
Ma Flodder: 825.000 guilders!
Johnnie: [amazed] In ...
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Referenced in De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #9.14 (2016) See more »

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A brilliant and outragously funny satire of society
7 December 1999 | by Dave-602See all my reviews

"Flodder" is one of the funniest movies ever made and few people realise that it is a Dutch movie made by none other than the Holland version of John Carpenter, the famous Dick Maas, author and director of the thriller "Amsterdamned". The Flodder family is the reincarnation of the term a-social. When the whole family bunch, basically all bastards, criminals and sluts must be relocated from their City slum because of toxic waste under their house, the city council house no choice. The only available space is in the "Zoendal" - the "Sun Valley" the best area in Amsterdam where all doctors, snobs and businessmen can afford to live their lives. And where the central point of interest and politics is the tennis club of the community. The Flodder family brings devastation to the tranquil world that ruled before. They are simply unbelievable. The characterisation is incredibly funny, beginning with Ma Flodder who searches other people's trash cans for food or making illegal liquor in her cellar and ending with the eldest daughter who is the biggest slut on earth. Together they make the most horrible family imaginable, a sort of immoral mirror image to the Brady Bunch or the Waltons. When the City counsel of Amsterdam hoped that the Flodders would show their good will to be more civilised in their new area, it turns out that Holland's most famous family would rather bring out the worst in the rich people of "Sun Valley"-wonderland. The rest is a hilarious, brilliant and well made social satire that can be watched as a provocative movie as well as a straightforward comedy. Dick Maas at his best. I salute him! Flooder was the Dutch smash hit in 1986 and brought two sequels and a tv series. All of the sequels were nice but not as great as the original.

Flodders (1986) is available on DVD in Germany in a dubbed German version in Dolby Digital 5.1. under the name:

"Flodders -Eine Familie zum knutschen"

Why is First Floor Features, the producer of the movie not bringing the Dick Maas blockbusters out on DVD in the Netherlands, I wonder. The are not even available on video there. These movies have so much potential, still to this day and have a huge silent but true following.

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