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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 »


Steven de Jong


Steven de Jong (screenplay), Maarten Lebens (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Willeke van Ammelrooy ... Moeder Will
Pierre Bokma ... Commissaris der Koningin Harry Linthorst Homan
Kees Prins ... TV-commentator
Chantal Janzen Chantal Janzen ... Dieuwke
Cas Jansen Cas Jansen ... Henk Brenninkmeijer
Cees Geel ... Sergeant-Majoor Hoeks
Dirk Zeelenberg Dirk Zeelenberg ... Telegraaf-journalist Jack
Peggy Vrijens Peggy Vrijens ... Journalist Joke
Peter Tuinman Peter Tuinman ... Eisinga
Dennis Overeem ... Militair Edwin
Chava Voor in 't Holt Chava Voor in 't Holt ... Annemiek
Lottie Hellingman Lottie Hellingman ... Annie
Herman Otten ... Erik
Chris Zegers Chris Zegers ... Kees Ferwerda
Jos Bertens Jos Bertens ... Foto Journalist


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


Did You Know?


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 »


The weather forecaster on the TV reports that a "weather alarm" has been issued, but the concept of weather alarm was first introduced in the Netherlands in 2001 (http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weeralarm) and the movie is set in 1963. See more »


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

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This movie is absolutely dreadful in many ways !!
2 February 2012 | by imdb-282-452682See all my reviews

This movie is absolutely dreadful in many ways !!

a) As a movie of any kind, about any place, and about any event. (script , acting, plot, direction, etc – all are very, very poor indeed)

b) an a "faction" account of a historical event (compare : depict concentration camps as holiday resorts and you get the idea.)

c) as an alleged representation of a real country (a province) in 1963 (the date of the event). Go to Disney Land or another fantasy and be disappointed when seeing the real thing.

If you see a commercial made by a local tourist bureau you expect that many things are made a bit "rosy" and more attractive than when you get there. Indeed, the scenes of the villages etc. are lovely …….. and false.

AND INDEED, by golly, the local provincial governments (i.e. the taxpayers) DID put a lot of money in this movie.

Yes, I am Dutch. Yes, I remember the winter of 1963. Yes, I myself skated on that day – although my "endurance" was a far cry from the participants of this 200 kilometers competition AND (simultaneous) "recreational" skaters.

(Just a statistic: 9.862 people started, i.e. participated – 127 made it to the finish.)

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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