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Off Screen (2005)

March 11th, 2002. John R. takes the head of security and 17 others hostage in Amsterdam biggest skyscraper. John R. demands to speak with the Philips head of Sound&Vision. His goal is to ... See full summary »


Pieter Kuijpers


Hugo Heinen
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Credited cast:
Jeroen Krabbé ... Gerard Wesselinck
Jan Decleir ... John Voerman
Astrid Joosten Astrid Joosten ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Theu Boermans Theu Boermans ... Leo Verkerk
Marjon Brandsma Marjon Brandsma ... Elly Voerman
Aat Ceelen Aat Ceelen ... Colleague John
Chris Comvalius Chris Comvalius ... Heleen Wagemakers
Gijs de Lange Gijs de Lange ... Paul Kruiswijck
Sjoerd Dragtsma Sjoerd Dragtsma ... Jongen in de bus
Turan Furat Turan Furat ... Security guard
Janni Goslinga Janni Goslinga ... Anna Voerman
Damien Hope Damien Hope ... Youngster in bus
Robbie Kensmil Robbie Kensmil ... Security guard
Han Kerckhoffs Han Kerckhoffs ... Driver of Mr. Wesselinck (as Han Kerckhof)
Emma Kuijpers Emma Kuijpers ... John's granddaughter


March 11th, 2002. John R. takes the head of security and 17 others hostage in Amsterdam biggest skyscraper. John R. demands to speak with the Philips head of Sound&Vision. His goal is to warn people about a large-scale fraud, aimed at brainwashing consumers by means of widescreen TV sets. In the film, we find out about John's preliminary frustrations, his bizarre encounter with Philips head of Sound&Vision Gerard Wesselinck, their impossible friendship, rivalry and John's armed attempt to force the executive to do penance in public. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Netherlands | Belgium


English | Dutch

Release Date:

3 February 2005 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Ektos eleghou See more »


Box Office


€1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Simply a great movie!
11 February 2005 | by bfetterSee all my reviews

This simply is a great movie! I voted 9 out of 10. It shows that it's possible, even in the Netherlands, to make intelligent movies about actual topics or events. For ages the only themes in serious Dutch films were the Second World War and sex. Luckily this is changing now. For instance last year we saw the comedy "Shouf Shouf Habibi" about the problems of immigrants from Marocco in Holland, and the murdered filmmaker Theo van Gogh made "05/ 06" about the murder of the politician Pim Fortuyn. "Off Screen" is also based on true events. Two years ago a confused man (a bus driver) took hostages in an office building because he wanted to speak to the top executive of Philips Electronics, about the introduction of widescreen television. He thought this was one big scam, and that the consumers were mislead, because in Holland there are hardly any broadcasts in the widescreen format. (In fact he was right of course!) It was a bit of a sad event, because just a few days before the Philips offices were moved to an adjourning office building. It ended with the confused man committing suicide. The film was made on a very small budged, but that's hardly visible. The film focuses on the life of the divorced bus driver. It shows the psychological process and the supposed encounters he had with the Philips executive that led to his actions. I say supposed encounters, because the best thing about the film is that it never becomes exactly clear what's real, and what's not. Did things really happen, or is it all just in the mind of the bus driver? In this aspect the film reminded me of films like "Swimming Pool" (Francois Ozon), "Als Twee Druppels Water" (Fons Rademakers), or even "Big Fish" (Tim Burton), "The Usual Suspects" (Brain Singer) and "Fight Club" (David Fincher). The two main actors are absolutely great! In their separate scenes, but also in their scenes together there is a real chemistry. The Belgian actor Jan Decleir (as the bus driver) is always good. Jeroen Krabbé (as the Philips executive) has made great movies, but also a few awful ones. Here he shows he still is a one of Holland's best actors. Let there be made more intriguing movies like this, and let there be less money wasted on big budget productions (to Dutch standards that is) like the recent turkey "Floris". And let Paul Verhoeven finally make the definitive and absolutely last Dutch movie about WW II, the long awaited "Zwartboek"!

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