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BackSlide (2003)

Van God los (original title)
Two small town Dutch boys whose socially unnatural friendship is so close, they care nothing for human or divine rules and lose all grip on reality, sliding into violent crime.

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Pieter Kuijpers
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Cast

Credited cast:
Egbert Jan Weeber ... Stan Meijer
Tygo Gernandt ... Maikel Verheije
Angela Schijf Angela Schijf ... Anna Sprengers
Mads Wittermans Mads Wittermans ... Sef
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tamer Avkapan Tamer Avkapan ... Rechterhand Osman
Marnie Blok Marnie Blok ... Moeder Stan
Selma Copijn ... Kleindochter Osman (as Selma Avkapan)
Loek Ewalds Loek Ewalds ... Agent
Mark Kleuskens ... Agent
Cemil Kurtgözu Cemil Kurtgözu ... Handlanger Osman
Pim Lambeau Pim Lambeau ... Mevr. van de Velde
Frits Lambrechts Frits Lambrechts ... Dhr. van de Velde
Johnny Lion Johnny Lion ... Johan Schreurs
Bob Noten Bob Noten ... Lijkschouwer
Harry van Rijthoven Harry van Rijthoven ... Bert Mulder
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Storyline

Stan Meijer is by nature a good boy, but grows up frustrated in Venlo, a boring provincial town in the Catholic Dutch South, feeling neglected by his gold-digger mother who remarried a dentist and abandoned by his biological father, a friendly macho trucker who stood the pre-teen up for reasons unknown when he planned to move in with him, never to be heard off until reading his dad's obituary. So instead of joining the minor socialite life, Stan hooks up with junkies Maikel (dialect pronunciation-spelling for Michael) Verheije, a hot-head small criminal, and Sef, his lieutenant, who drag him along in small crime as an adolescent. When the bumbling trio gets arrested red-handed, the police sends both ruffians to jail but releases Stan as implausible suspect. He's too nice to accept when Maikel's girl-friend offers herself to him, and on Maikel's release joins him in a hold-up which goes bad, as the nervous amateurs needlessly kill the victim, a shopkeeper and secret weed-grower, rather... Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

Keihard En Confronterend (Rock Hard and In Your Face)

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch | Turkish

Release Date:

24 April 2003 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

BackSlide See more »

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Budget:

€1,027,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Maikel walks to the Turkish coffee shop, just before he starts shooting, a shadow of a matte box is visible in the lower left corner. See more »

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Spin-off Van God los (2011) See more »

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Great acting
17 March 2006 | by whiteutopiaSee all my reviews

At first i was drawn in when i heard it was about a gang of teenage killers - based on a true story. The story is quite raw, sometimes a bit shocking. Excellent acting from Egbert Jan Weeber, who plays the lead role of Stan. The movie is quite depressing at times though. Van God Los ( or Godforsaken) is about three teenage boys who begin to kill before for the mafia boss - this is where the "Godfellas" part comes in. I didn't think this movie was mind-blowing or amazing. It was an okay movie ; i thought the acting was great. Some scenes in the film are very violent, and it's shocking to see how out of control they get, especially the character Maikel - in various scenes in the movie - especially near the end ! I thought there would've been a better ending though - it was unpredictable, which is always interesting.


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