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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 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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

In the first shot of the black Ford Sierra that they use in the final robbery, the license plate on the car (XB-two digits-two letters) is the same one as on the Opel Senator that was used earlier. In the shot that follows (when they drive up to the elderly couple's house), the car has a different plate, with the combination XH-two letters-two digits. A plate with this combination was not issued until 1998/99. See more »

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Referenced in Baantjer: De Cock en de moord op herhaling - Deel 1 (2006) See more »

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Fairly weak Dutch thriller that degenerates into soap territory
31 January 2008 | by lambchopnixonSee all my reviews

The movie begins well, being from the protagonist's perspective with voice-over, which is a nice touch. His acting is a little limited though, with again and again the same wondering/worshiping reaction to the daring actions of his criminal acquaintance, despite the film having moved on and he necessarily having become more worldly. His idol has one tone to his acting, a wide-eyed energy that is sort of charismatic. It wears on you though the longer the movie goes on. The plot is simple, with little detail. The flashbacks to the protagonists' childhood are pretty amateurish and without subtlety. His closely-held motto that no-one should get too close as because that's when you get hurt, gets to be a bore, as it's repeated without embellishment. Though the first half hour keeps you looking despite the faults, the last hour or so has seen the film go downhill, turning into a plot of soap-style obviousness.


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