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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 ... 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


Hielke and Sitse, the twin sons of blacksmith Klinkhamer, are incorrigible rascals and the main source of entertainment in their sleepy (ficticious) Frisian town Lenten, where they especially take the mickey out of gullible braggart Gerbert. Their mother is embarrassed by their shameless pranks, father secretly sympathizes as they are often daring, honest and clever. The town is targeted by two fancy punks from the city. Shortly after the neighboring notary Bleeker takes is his city haughty niece Esther, he's killed himself in a terrible storm, during which the knaves help father rescue the doctor, who rewards them with his wrecked car, just what they need to put a new motor in a boat father can buy cheap for them after a row caused it to be badly damaged, but he manages to repair it. Then a posh frat from Leiden university descends on the town to hold its playful 'olympics', including a momentous swimming race, where cheaters and thugs get their comeuppance. Written by KGF Vissers

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Adventure | Family






Dutch | Frisian

Release Date:

25 June 2003 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

De kameleon See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$425,360 (Netherlands), 4 July 2003
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Two Young Rights See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


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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Casting is quite bad
15 January 2006 | by SnoopyDogDogSee all my reviews

I have to agree on the horrendous casting and the script as well, directing could've been better. The biggest mistake in casting was the Klinkhamer Gerben Zonderland mismatch! Gerben Zonderland should have been cast as Father Klinkhamer and vice versa. Maarten Spanjer as Gerben Zonderland looks much and much too old, while Klinkhamer looks too young. Ester looks too old, certainly with that huge bust! This is supposed to be an 11-12 year old girl!?! And they don't look like their characters either, as were drawn in the books. Neither were the twins, but that's forgivable, it must hard to find twins who can act, are the right age and resemble the book drawings. But I have to say that story and directing were worse. And such drama of the Esther character being orphaned 3 times! This is uncool for a children's movie. Why did he have to die? Other less dramatic, melodramatic solutions were possible. It looked like a Dutch classical movie, very bad. And just when we thought Dutch film had come of age and was professional .... Very big miss and they've really ruined one of my favourite childhood books.

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