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The Hell of '63 (2009)

De hel van '63 (original title)
When conditions are right an infamous ice-skating race is held in the north of the Netherlands. The 200 km race must be completed by midnight and everyone who finishes receives a medal. ... See full summary »

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Steven de Jong

Writers:

Steven de Jong (screenplay), Maarten Lebens (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Willeke van Ammelrooy ... Moeder Will
Pierre Bokma ... Commissaris der Koningin Harry Linthorst Homan
Chantal Janzen Chantal Janzen ... Dieuwke
Kees Prins ... TV-commentator
Cees Geel ... Sergeant-Majoor Hoeks
Dennis Overeem ... Militair Edwin
Cas Jansen Cas Jansen ... Henk Brenninkmeijer
Rense Westra Rense Westra ... Jan Hoogland - voorzitter Elfstedentocht
Chris Zegers Chris Zegers ... Kees Ferwerda
Dirk Zeelenberg Dirk Zeelenberg ... Telegraaf-journalist Jack
Peter Tuinman Peter Tuinman ... Eisinga
Peggy Vrijens Peggy Vrijens ... Journalist Joke
Lottie Hellingman Lottie Hellingman ... Annie
Chava Voor in 't Holt Chava Voor in 't Holt ... Annemiek
Jos Bertens Jos Bertens ... Foto Journalist
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When conditions are right an infamous ice-skating race is held in the north of the Netherlands. The 200 km race must be completed by midnight and everyone who finishes receives a medal. This film is based on the true facts of the fateful day in 1963 when, due to plunging temperatures and rough terrain, thousands of skaters suffered frostbite and shocking injuries. Only a small number would cross the finish-line, but for those who did, it was to be a life changing event! Written by Holland Film

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Drama | Sport

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch | Frisian

Release Date:

17 December 2009 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

'63 Cehennemi See more »

Filming Locations:

Dokkum, Friesland, Netherlands See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€158,459 (Netherlands), 20 December 2009, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Trivia

Chris Zegers said that he was so embarrassed by his performance in the film that he considered to stop acting. However, after being asked for Lotus (2011) and being satisfied with that performance, he reconsidered. See more »

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There is a Citroën 2 CV which is a 1970 model (or later). See more »

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Spoofed in De del van '63 (2010) See more »

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Worse than I thought!
4 February 2012 | by jbrouwers3See all my reviews

It took a while for me to see this flick, and I was already weary after seeing the publicity stills, but it was much worse than I expected. I cannot believe it is being rated as high as it is.

The director, Steven De Jong, directed a lot of children's films and it shows. The movie contains some of the worst acting in The Netherlands, which is a pity because there are actually some decent actors involved. The score is awful, pompous and would better fit Gladiator. The film is full of clichés, expect one every five minutes. Anachronisms occur throughout the movie: Holland did not look like this in 1963 (I was there!) and one of the main characters has a eighties hairdo. And on top of it all, the fake snow they sprayed on everyone, oh my God!! Don't bother watching it, it will save you a lot of frustration. If you're in for a laugh, buy it!


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