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De schippers van de Kameleon (2003)

Young twin boys receive a boat of their own by a stroke of luck. It turns out to be very fast and they use their boat to help out their friends.


Hotze de Roos (novel), Jean Ummels
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Koen van der Donk Koen van der Donk ... Hielke
Jos van der Donk Jos van der Donk ... Sietse
Maarten Spanjer Maarten Spanjer ... Gerben
Saar Koningsberger Saar Koningsberger ... Esther Bleeker
Joep Sertons Joep Sertons ... Dokter
Steven de Jong Steven de Jong ... Heit
Dominique van Vliet Dominique van Vliet ... Mem
Willeke van Ammelrooy ... Mevrouw Bleeker
Peter Tuinman Peter Tuinman ... Meneer Bleeker
Rense Westra Rense Westra ... Veldwachter Zwart
Gijs Scholten van Aschat Gijs Scholten van Aschat ... Burgemeester
Tim Zweije Tim Zweije ... Nozem 1
Wybe Bruinsma Wybe Bruinsma ... Nozem 2
Hilly Harms Hilly Harms ... Oma de Jong
Sipke Jan Bousema Sipke Jan Bousema ... Van Kampen
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When the car crashes in the storm, the driver is stuck under the steering wheel. The driver is saved by violently tearing it out. A couple of scenes later the car is brought back to the repairshop and the steeringwheel is back. See more »


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Worst Casting Ever!
19 December 2003 | by ferry_rudolphSee all my reviews

Sorry to be blunt but that is the way it is. I have been reading these books ever since I was little and I love then to death. They have everything a good book has: humor, excitement, interesting characters and so on.

The idea of turning those books into a movie is a great idea. But unlike Peter Jackson who casted people who looked as they stepped right out of the books, Steven de Jong did not take similar care in this book.

Gerben Zonderland is a man I remember as a clever and intelligent person. Sure, he was scared in the dark and Sietse and Hielke as well as the other characters in the book often fooled him with practical jokes. But German was a prankster himself and a great story teller.

Maarten Spanjer exhibits none of those characteristics. No offense but he looks like a gullable fool and I see no resemblance with Gerben whatsoever. And to cast a man from Amsterdam as Gerben, well that is as if you an American boy play Harry Potter.

Joep Sertons is also miscasted as the doctor but he is only a minor character so that is not a real big problem.

And then comes the director's stint of arrogance. He casts himself as father Klinkhamer. But that man is a blacksmit and those are huge men with big muscular arms and all that. (One would have to be in that job.) Again the director does not live up to that. He more has the build of an ice skater.

And finally the director also changed the books and that is something I cannot forgive. Ester was never a part of the books. She should have been a boy named Cor who always visited his aunt and uncle during vacations.

He was featured in most of the early books but suddenly dissapeared and we never heard from him again. But such inconsistencies happened a few more times. A new boy came into town and befriended the cast. But the next book he was gone again.

Girls were not much in the books until one of the last books written by Hotze de Roos but one must remember that it was a different age back then. Being a history buff I love that and so the idea of "modernizing" the story by adding a girl is just plain wrong.

Another character from the books also did not make it in the movie. At first the cast in the books consisted of only Sietse, Hielke and Cor who went on boatrides in the "Kameleon" and then encountered other people such as Gerben and Zwart.

After a few books 2 more charcters were introduced to enable more storylines or possebilities: Louw Vrolijk and Kees Dijkstra. Louw was a pretty normal kid but Kees was really a "piece of work". Often up to no good and always in the mood for food.

So I can understand that he was a charater you would want in the movie. Technically he is not even supposed to be in it but of course from a commercial view he has to be.

But what about Louw? Is he supposed to banned from this movie? To be left out? He may not have been a chacter who was really definable such as Kees or Gerben but he was nevertheless a character in the book.

To see that Kees (whom I like a lot) has made the book but that Louw has been left out is another bad idea from the director.

So I am going to close with the statement that it could have been one of the greatest Dutch movies ever. The books were excellent so you got a good start. But sadly this movie is ruined by the people who made it.

Why else would a group of students make their own version of the books? I think that illustrates my point quite nicely.

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Dutch | Frisian

Release Date:

25 June 2003 (Netherlands) See more »

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De kameleon See more »


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Production Co:

Two Young Rights See more »
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Dolby Digital | DTS



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16 : 9
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