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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 »

Director:

Pieter Kuijpers

Writer:

Hugo Heinen
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Cast

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
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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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Official site [Netherlands]

Country:

Netherlands | Belgium

Language:

English | Dutch

Release Date:

3 February 2005 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Ektos eleghou See more »

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Budget:

€1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Superb Psychological Thriller from the Lowlands!
13 February 2005 | by W de BruinSee all my reviews

I have seen this movie, because I was curious about the way the fact of the hostage was being filmed and about Jan Decleir and Jeroen Krabbé working together. The film tells the story behind the hostage taker John V. He is lonely man living in his own world. He is product of our society. Wesselinck is a self made top manager and can afford everything. He gets to know John by coincidence ( or not ). John is writing letters to Philips because he suspects the multimedia company of putting encoded messages in 'widescreen'tv-sets. John is no longer seeing his wife and children and is a bus driver. In his spare time he writes letters to Philips and watches recorded tapes of a popular knowledge quiz. When he meets Wesselinck the top man, they become friends because they are alike. Wesselinck lets John in on a top secret project which has to do with manipulation. The film takes the audience behind the screens and only reveals at the end. All the time you think it's like this and in the end there is a complete turnaround! Superb! I happened to have an interview with Jan Decleir in Rotterdam last February and he told me the movie had been made in three weeks. The cast worked very hard and the result is a great movie! Go and see for yourself!


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