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Storm Bound (2007)

De scheepsjongens van Bontekoe (original title)
A ripping adventure yarn about teenage boys who join the crew of a ship of the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century. After a dramatic shipwreck and escape from an attack by natives, they must make their way to safety by themselves.


Steven de Jong


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pim Wessels ... Hajo
Martijn Hendrickx Martijn Hendrickx ... Rolf
Billy Zomerdijk Billy Zomerdijk ... Padde
Reena Giasi Reena Giasi ... Dolimah
Peter Tuinman Peter Tuinman ... Willem Ysbrantsz Bontekoe
Thomas Acda ... Koksmaat Harmen
Bart Slegers Bart Slegers ... Schele
Cees Geel ... Koopman
Mads Wittermans Mads Wittermans ... Pieterszoon
Bas Keijzer Bas Keijzer ... Jopkins
Chris Zegers Chris Zegers ... Chirurgijn Langjas
Jack Wouterse ... Kapitein Bruinvis
Rense Westra Rense Westra ... Dove Nelis
Thijs Feenstra Thijs Feenstra ... Stuurman
Stijn Somers Stijn Somers ... Stuurman


Hajo wants to become a sailor despite his mother's fears and his father's death at sea. He befriends the son of a captain of the Dutch East India Company and joins the crew of their ship bound for the East Indies. Hajo's simple-minded friend Padde comes along by accident. Together they live through many of the dangers to which sailors were exposed in the 17th century. They survive a shipwreck and escape from an attack by natives which separates them from the rest of the crew. With the help of a pretty oriental girl they must find their way to safety. However, their friendship is threatened when the boys all fall in love with Dolimah. Written by P.S. Paaskynen

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Adventure | Family


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Steven de Jong: 2 short appearances as the father of Hajo See more »


Pineapples, also from America, were imported in Europe as luxury products. They were not indigenous to South Africa, were the ship's crew are eating them, and were not spread outside the Americas and the Caribbean until the 18th century. See more »


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Written by Simon Keizer
Performed by Nick Schilder & Simon Keizer (as Nick & Simon)
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Dumbed down
9 November 2011 | by paaskynenSee all my reviews

As stated elsewhere, the film Storm Bound is based on a famous Dutch book for young adults called "The Cabin Boys of Bontekoe", which in turn is based on the journal of the historical captain Bontekoe who sailed for the Ducth East-Indies Company. The book dates from the end of the colonial era and breathes its world view, so the Dutch are presented as masters and the natives of Indonesia as subjects. This world view was not suitable for a 21st century film, so the film makers adapted the plot.

Unfortunately, they went totally overboard and dumbed down the story to a flick for small children, in which the only bad guys are grown ups, to be exact the Dutch merchant and his criminal side-kick. The natives are peaceful children of nature (and incidentally are very clearly NOT natives of Sumatra, where that sequence is supposed to play out).

On the plus side, the actor playing Bontekoe does a decent job and the replica Eastindiaman presents an interesting platform for many of the film's scenes.

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Release Date:

22 November 2007 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Chłopcy kapitana Bontekoe See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »


Box Office


EUR3,200,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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