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Jannie totsiens (1970)

A catatonic mathematics professor with an Oedipus complex is committed to an asylum which is a microcosm of South African society, circa 1970. The inmates band together to attempt to ... See full summary »


Jans Rautenbach


Jans Rautenbach




Cast overview:
Cobus Rossouw Cobus Rossouw ... Prof. Jannie Pienaar
Jill Kirkland Jill Kirkland ... Liz
Hermien Dommisse Hermien Dommisse ... Magda du Preez
Don Leonard Don Leonard ... Koos Liebenberg
Katinka Heyns Katinka Heyns ... Linda
Lourens Schultz Lourens Schultz ... Psychiatrist
Jacques Loots Jacques Loots ... Judge
Phillip Swanepoel Phillip Swanepoel ... Frans
Patrick Mynhardt Patrick Mynhardt ... George
Betty Botha Betty Botha ... Mrs. Pienaar
Sandra Kotzé Sandra Kotzé ... Beppie (as Sandra Kotze)
Jan Bruyns Jan Bruyns ... Linda's father
Dulcie van den Bergh Dulcie van den Bergh ... Linda's mother
Sarel Breedt Sarel Breedt
George Pearce George Pearce


A catatonic mathematics professor with an Oedipus complex is committed to an asylum which is a microcosm of South African society, circa 1970. The inmates band together to attempt to restore him to life once more and when one of their number commits suicide because of him, they then attempt something more on his behalf: murder.

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Mystery | Romance




South Africa


Afrikaans | English

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16 July 1970 (South Africa) See more »

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Sewentig See more »
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Whats it like in a madhouse
12 November 2017 | by jvanderwalt5See all my reviews

This movie is really good,but at times very hard to watch because it shows you in black and white,no strings attached what goes on behind the curtains of a madhouse.Those times when the visitors are not there. And it makes you sad.Because it hurts to see people in that state and you wonder how did they get that way.

Jans Rautenbach was again the director of this masterpiece he did not make much movies in his career but when he did it was quality movies.Always takes you deep into a person's soul.(some of his other notible work includes pappalap(1969),eendag op 'n reen dag(1973) en die kandidaat(1968)

The stars of this movie was as they always was phenomenal Katinka Heyns was the star in almost all of Jans's movies and in this one she gave oneofher bet performances Katinka is a director herself and everything she touches is gold for example(fiela se kind(1987),stories van Klara viljee(1993,paljas(1996) and most recently Die wonder werker(2013)

Cobus rossouw also gave a remarkable performance as he did I everything that he did As an actor (his movies also includes masterpieces like:my broer se bril(1973),die kandidaat(1968),liefde vir lelik(1974) and most recently Faan see trein(2014))

As this is an Afrikaans south African film it's really rare and hard to come by but at the time of writing this review Jans Rautenbachs movies were all released to YouTube on his channel just after his death

So if you got the time go and check this one out

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