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All Stars (1997)

Leading up to their 500th match, the late twenty-something members of a Dutch amateur soccer team have their intimate bond put to the test as they each find themselves facing increasing responsibilities off the pitch.

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Jean van de Velde
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny de Munk ... Bram
Antonie Kamerling ... Hero
Daniël Boissevain ... Johnny
Peter Paul Muller Peter Paul Muller ... Mark
Thomas Acda ... Willem
Plien van Bennekom Plien van Bennekom ... Sas
Raymi Sambo Raymi Sambo ... Paul
Kasper van Kooten Kasper van Kooten ... Peter
Nora Mullens Nora Mullens ... Taxichauffeur
Alfred van den Heuvel Alfred van den Heuvel ... Scheids #1
Isa Hoes ... Roos
Joan Royé Joan Royé ... Joan
Shannon Royé Shannon Royé ... Shannon
Lucretia van der Vloot Lucretia van der Vloot ... Anja
Ellen Ten Damme Ellen Ten Damme ... Deborah
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Storyline

The members of a Dutch soccer team have been playing together since they were little boys. Now, in their twenties, they all have have their own "grown-up" problems. With the team's 500th game coming up, personal issues take almost all their time... Written by little-star

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A comedy about the ultimate soccer feeling, offside, going long and missed opportunities. [translation] See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

1 May 1997 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Druzyna gwiazd See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

NLG 2,400,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

M&B FILM BV, M&B FILM3 BV See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The movie was a hit, and got a spin-off series with roughly the same cast and characters: "All stars - De serie". The same thing happened twice to its Belgian pendant, also in Dutch but catering for Flemish idiosyncrasies, Team Spirit. See more »

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Followed by All Stars 2: Old Stars (2011) See more »

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Hero (Antonie Kamerling) - Toen ik je zag vanaf mei 1997 op nr. 1
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This one works. Funny, well-written, well-performed.
21 February 2007 | by Camera-ObscuraSee all my reviews

ALL STARS (Jean van de Velde - The Netherlands - 1997).

I've always had a weak spot for this film. Saw it in cinema ten years ago. Loved it back then and watched it many times since, on television and DVD and still love it. The writing is great, the setting very recognizable and the characters are so lovable and well-written, only extremely grumpy film critics will be able to resist this. This football- and buddy-film must have hit pretty close to home to most Dutch audiences, but I think the emotions and topics here are universal. Anyone can enjoy this; women, football-haters, Americans, non-Dutch, anyone basically. It's about seven friends who have little in common, but every Sunday they're present at the football pitch to play their weekly game. With their 500th match approaching, tensions rise and many consider quitting the team. Three characters are given a little more weight. Danny de Munck is a businessman who spends most of his weekdays doing business in Taiwan and arranges everything surrounding the football matches, Antonie Kamerling is Hero, former philosophy student trying to figure out what to do with his life and there's Daniel Boissevain as Johnny, unemployed electrician and son of former coach Meeuwse, played by Frits Lambregts.

The wordplay and football jokes are plenty. It's all about male bonding, so there's little room for well developed female characters in this film women. They don't come off well and even in their small parts, the performances are sub-par. Daphne Deckers (an amateur, thrown in for name value) as Hero's love interest nearly ruined it for me. Lucretia van der Vloot however, is great. It's amazing how Mischa Alexander, who wrote the original script, and Jean van de Velde made all these characters (all seven of them!) come to life so well in the short running time of 100 minutes. No high marks for any innovative cinema here. It's just fast-paced, funny as hell, very moving at times, well-performed and a perfect '90s time capsule (lost of inserts with actual jokes and television bits).

The film spawned a very successful television-series, also named "All Stars", and Spanish, Belgian and British remakes. A contract for a Chinese remake was signed, but I haven't checked if those ideas were realized. I'll stick to this one, although I heard the British and Spanish versions are quite OK. The Belgian remake, which is an exact copy minus a likable cast and good jokes, is pretty bad.

Camera Obscura --- 8/10


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