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The Purse Snatcher (1995)

De tasjesdief (original title)
Alex is very close to his elderly grandmother partly because his busy parents seem to have little or no time for him. One day he surprises two boys from his school leaving her house and is ... See full summary »


Maria Peters


Mieke van Hooft (book), Maria Peters
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivier Tuinier Olivier Tuinier ... Alex van Zuilen
Aus Greidanus Jr. Aus Greidanus Jr. ... Lucos
Micha Hulshof Micha Hulshof ... Evert
Myranda Jongeling Myranda Jongeling ... Moeder van Alex
Jaap Spijkers Jaap Spijkers ... Vader van Alex
Ingeborg Uyt den Boogaard Ingeborg Uyt den Boogaard ... Roos
Freark Smink Freark Smink ... Stiefvader Ronnie
Renée Fokker ... Moeder Evert en Lucos
Sophie van Pelt Sophie van Pelt ... Evelien
Flip van Duyn Flip van Duyn ... Vader Evelien
Sheila Lever Sheila Lever ... Moeder Evelien
Ann Hasekamp Ann Hasekamp ... Blinde Vrouw
Cees Groot Cees Groot ... Leraar
Marjan Luif Marjan Luif ... Buurvrouw Roos
Rob van de Meeberg Rob van de Meeberg ... Huisarts


Alex is very close to his elderly grandmother partly because his busy parents seem to have little or no time for him. One day he surprises two boys from his school leaving her house and is shocked to find her tied up inside - they have robbed her! Alex is sworn to secrecy as his gran is worried that her daughter will think her incompetent. This secret leads Alex into trouble as the two boys accost him in the street and bully him into becoming a "bagsnatcher" (tasjesdief) for them, mugging old ladies. Alex learns how to deal with this situation in the end. Written by kabouter

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6 April 1995 (Netherlands) See more »

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Referenced in TROS TV Show: Episode dated 10 March 1995 (1995) See more »

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Crime does not pay off
25 February 2007 | by MultiMediaHouseSee all my reviews

I came across this film by coincidence. Never heard of it before, although it's a movie produced in my own country. And it is not so, that the Dutch produce a thousand films a year...

The main actors in this film are children, except for the grandmother, all grown-ups are merely support roles. Maybe it's because of the language being equal to my mother tongue, but the acting seems a little fake to me. Maybe it's done on purpose in this way, to make the film available to all ages. The main character gets beaten up every once in a while, but (luckily) there's never done any mayor harm. Maybe I'm just too spoiled by high-end effects and CGI of mainstream films, and that's why this movie seemed as harmless to me as it did.

But then, what it did produce was a genuine feeling of hatred against the 2 brothers harassing our main character. I was practically urging 'Alex' to stand up for himself and show those chaps a lesson. On the other hand, I also felt sorry for the two brothers since their home situation was not to send a letter home about.

So concluding, if you watch past the artificial acting, this film will get to you and therefor stay in your memory.

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