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Sportsman of the Century (2006)

Sportman van de Eeuw (original title)
Taeke's lifelong passion for pole sitting takes an interesting turn when he tries to surpass the record of 250 days.


Mischa Alexander




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sipke Visser Sipke Visser ... Jonge Taeke
Ida Poortinga Ida Poortinga ... Jonge Tjitske
Jochum ten Haaf ... Taeke
Ricky Koole ... Tjitske
Bastiaan Ragas Bastiaan Ragas ... Rintje
Peter Franke ... Oude Taeke
Rick Nicolet ... Oude Tjitske
Harald Warmbrunn Harald Warmbrunn ... Oude Rintje
Pepijn Gunneweg Pepijn Gunneweg ... Jonge Sake Wiarda
Lou Landré ... Oude Sake Wiarda
Freark Smink Freark Smink ... Pijlsma
Rients Gratama Rients Gratama ... Rients
Riemer van der Velde Riemer van der Velde ... Riemer
Heinze Bakker Heinze Bakker ... Heinze
Henk Kroes Henk Kroes ... Henk


Taeke's lifelong passion for pole sitting takes an interesting turn when he tries to surpass the record of 250 days.

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communist | pole sitting | See All (2) »


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During post-production, Ennio Morricone saw the film, loved it, and said that the landscapes of Friesland (the Dutch provence where the movie takes place) gave him ample inspiration to compose the music. However, he had one condition: that he could use his own orchestra. Unfortunately, the budget would not allow the additional expense, so the director, whose attention had been diverted towards Zbigniew Preisner, ultimately decided to hire the Polish composer. See more »

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9 April 2006 | by DudaSaurusSee all my reviews

Although interesting in concept and shot beautifully, exactly why everybody goes nuts for a ten-year old winning a butt-numb-a-thon is a complete mystery to me. As this is crucial to the development of the story, everything that happens after that feels too far-fetched to get the reaction the filmmakers obviously had in mind.

Constructed in a flash-back story mode, the movie kicks off with the message that the main character has spent sixty years of his life devoted to the well-being of his fellow man. What follows is the story of a man who ignores the pleas for help of his father and wife to be, and as his motivations for spending week after week sitting on a pole are never quite explained properly, you loose interest in the main character rather than getting close to him.

Good cast, nice acting, but all in all too unbelievable to keep focused on for almost two hours.

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Release Date:

6 April 2006 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Le champion du siècle See more »

Filming Locations:

Aurich, Lower Saxony, Germany See more »

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