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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.

Director:

Steven de Jong

Writers:

Mischa Alexander (screenplay), Steven de Jong (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pim Wessels 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 Jack Wouterse ... Kapitein Bruinvis
Rense Westra Rense Westra ... Dove Nelis
Thijs Feenstra Thijs Feenstra ... Stuurman
Stijn Somers Stijn Somers ... Stuurman
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Adventure | Family

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Official Sites:

Official site [Netherlands]

Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

22 November 2007 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€3,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€130,360 (Netherlands), 25 November 2007, Limited Release
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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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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 ArconadaSee 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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