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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 »

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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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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Movie to watch twice
21 February 2005 | by tim@vdhoff.nlSee all my reviews

When watching the trailer I was amazed about the mediocre acting performances of the entire cast, save Jan Decleir... However, I did want to see the movie and went to Antwerp last weekend to find out if the acting was poor throughout the movie. Fortunately the story of somewhat deranged bus driver John Voerman explained my notion. This certainly is a good movie, worth watching a couple of times to make sure you grasped the true story: both in his personal affairs and hunt for the codes hidden in the black bars of widescreen television John regularly looses track of reality and his deluded mind alters the way things really are...

I'm very glad I did take the chance to see it, because it's definitely worth your time. 7,5/10


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