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De scheepsjongens van Bontekoe (2007)

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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pim Wessels ... Hajo
Martijn Hendrickx ... Rolf
Billy Zomerdijk ... Padde
Reena Giasi ... Dolimah
Peter Tuinman ... Willem Ysbrantsz Bontekoe
... Koksmaat Harmen
Bart Slegers ... Schele
... Koopman
Mads Wittermans ... Pieterszoon
Bas Keijzer ... Jopkins
Chris Zegers ... Chirurgijn Langjas
Jack Wouterse ... Kapitein Bruinvis
Rense Westra ... Dove Nelis
Thijs Feenstra ... Stuurman
Stijn Somers ... Stuurman
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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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22 November 2007 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Die Abenteuer von Kapitän Bontekoes Schiffsjungen - Der Fluch der Gezeiten  »

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Budget:

€3,200,000 (estimated)

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€130,360 (Netherlands), 25 November 2007, Limited Release
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Steven de Jong: 2 short appearances as the father of Hajo See more »

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The flag of the Nieuw-Hoorn shows the word VOC with an L above the word. This L is the letter for the city of Lelystad, the home port of the retour ship Batavia, the ship used in the film. It should have been an H, as the home town of the retour ship the Nieu-Hoorn is Hoorn. Also, Lelystad is a "Brand new" city as it's build in the twentieth century from reclaimed seabed of the lake IJsselmeer (former Zuiderzee). See more »

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Pak maar m'n hand
Written by Simon Keizer
Performed by Nick Schilder & Simon Keizer (as Nick & Simon)
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An entertaining adventure of three friends in the Age of Sail
23 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

"De Scheepsjongens van Bontekoe" ("The ship-boys of Bontekoe") is an entertaining adventure of three boys who travel to the East-Indies and back in the 17th century. The movie takes you to Batavia with all kinds of adventures on the way, and it shows that you can achieve anything if you really want to. The main characters Hajo, Padde and Rolf also show that friendship makes you stronger. The journey of Bontekoe really did happen, but the story of the boys is fiction. The movie is based on a Dutch youth novel by Johan Fabricius, a popular book ever since it was first published in 1924. Although everyone in Holland knows the plot of the story, the movie is still very entertaining because of the acting by the main characters. Especially Billy Zomerdijk plays a admirably clumsy Padde, who did not really want to go to sea. The film crew was able to use the replica of the Batavia, a ship of the same period, and together with all kinds of anecdotal incidents, the feeling of see travel in those days is convincingly visualized.

A must see for every boy and girl who wants to see the book in action, and for everyone who is fond of the Age of Sail.


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