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The Flying Liftboy (1998)

Abeltje (original title)
Pupil Abel is the victim of Laura's nasty prank, yet gets accidentally blamed and overreacts. His ma withdraws him from school and gets him a job as lift-boy. But its' a special lift: when ... See full summary »

Director:

Ben Sombogaart

Writers:

Burny Bos, Annie M.G. Schmidt (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Löw ... Schraap
Elleke Vervat Elleke Vervat ... Vriendin Laura
Roxanne Stam ... Vriendin Laura
Afroditi-Piteni Bijker Afroditi-Piteni Bijker ... Vriendin Laura (as Afroditi Piteni Bijker)
Taina Moreno Taina Moreno ... Vriendin Laura
Nicole Sanchez Nicole Sanchez ... Vriendin Laura
Soraya Smith Soraya Smith ... Laura
Rick van Gastel Rick van Gastel ... Abeltje Roef / Johnny Cockle Smith (as Ricky van Gastel)
Kees Hulst ... Schoolmeester
Annet Malherbe ... Moeder Roef / Mrs. Cockle-Smith
Arnita Swanson Arnita Swanson ... TV Presentatrice
Marisa Van Eyle Marisa Van Eyle ... Juffrouw Klaterhoen
Frits Lambrechts Frits Lambrechts ... Jozias Tump
Nora Kretz Nora Kretz ... Mevrouw Tump
Joseph Gudenburg Joseph Gudenburg ... Politieagent
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Storyline

Pupil Abel is the victim of Laura's nasty prank, yet gets accidentally blamed and overreacts. His ma withdraws him from school and gets him a job as lift-boy. But its' a special lift: when he pushes the forbidden green button, it takes him, Laura, Jozias Tump and Maria Klaterhoen to Manhattan. There he's mistaken by a rich bitch who looks like his mother for her long missing son Johnny. When a police helicopter comes to tow the lift cabin, the Dutchmen get back in. It takes them to a Latin American country, Perugona. The new revolutionary leader realizes presidents live about one year, so he gives the job to Mr. Tump, who saved his life. The news coverage attracts Abel's and Johnny's family, in time for an even weirder finale. Written by KGF Vissers

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Genres:

Adventure | Family

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch | English | German | Spanish

Release Date:

26 November 1998 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Abeltje en het mysterie van Quoquapepapetl See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR4,400,897 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Rick van Gastel was almost killed in the scene where Abeltje's mother lands the seaplane near the scaffolding he stands on. The plane crashed into the scaffolding, and Van Gastel only escaped by jumping out of the way. The footage of the incident is included in the film. See more »

Goofs

The airplane is shot, leaving bullet holes along the port side, but then when it later takes off, the bullet holes are gone. See more »

Quotes

Abeltje Roef: Het is uit Laura en uit is uit.
Abeltje Roef: En nou opzouten.
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Connections

Featured in 25 Jaar Burny Bos Filmfeest (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

De Twips & In een Rijtuigje
Lyrics by Annie M.G. Schmidt
Music by Harry Bannink
Arrangments Edited Twips: Jakob Klaasse
Zang Twips: Marisa Van Eyle en Zabulon
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A kindly movie written by Annie M.G. Schmidt
11 November 1998 | by FilmcitySee all my reviews

When I saw this movie I thought I was in my childhood. Slow but a nice movie for little children. Nice because I read the novel years ago. The movie is about a lift boy en fly through the air. High in the sky Abeltje discovers how to 'move' the elevator.


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