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Wijster (2008)

An autobiographical account of the hijacking of a train by Maluku terrorists in 1975.


Paula van der Oest


Nicole Steggerda (screenplay), Ger Vaders (novel)


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Credited cast:
Jaap Spijkers Jaap Spijkers ... Rob
Roos Netjes Roos Netjes ... Susan
Anniek Pheifer ... Cecile
Marlies Heuer Marlies Heuer ... Marijke
Lore Dijkman Lore Dijkman ... Monique
Gerson Oratmangoen ... Treinkaper Noes
Ambonwhena Aratuaman Ambonwhena Aratuaman ... Treinkaper Carlos
Joshua Timisela Joshua Timisela ... Treinkaper Leo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lard Adrian Lard Adrian ... Collega Cecile
Edda Barends Edda Barends ... Jacqueline
Rob Beker Rob Beker ... Sinterklaas
Ali Ben Horsting Ali Ben Horsting ... Maarten
Wim Bouwens Wim Bouwens ... Verslaggever
Luc Broekman Luc Broekman ... Opa
Rob Das Rob Das ... Wouter


2 December 1975. In the morning, sixteen-year-old Susan holds up her father, causing him to miss the intercity to work. Later that day she discovers he was in the slow train from Groningen to Zwolle, which has been hijacked by a group of young Moluccans... Written by Motel Films

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Drama | Thriller







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29 May 2008 (Netherlands) See more »

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For the recordings of the film, two dog-head train sets were used, the scenes that play in the train are included in the two-part train set 386 (collection Dutch Railway Museum), for the outdoor shots the four-part train set 766 (owned by the Foundation Mat '54 Hondekop- four) that has been painted yellow again before the film. The museum train set in the film differs from the train composition during the hijacking. In 1975 the train consisted of two two-car sets. Since all but one are demolished, one was dependent on the 766 for the outdoor shots. See more »


The train, correctly chosen from the period, wears a yellow bra, this should be a red one, as yellow bra's were introduced decades later.In railway language a bra is the metal cover for the Scharfenberg automatic coupler. See more »

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History explained the real objective way
29 May 2008 | by eskateeSee all my reviews

The train hijacking at Wijster, Netherlands was meant to be to put the attention of the Dutch Government to its neglect of the Molucan cause.After the takeover by Soekarno people from the Malucu Islands where moved from Indonesia to the Netherlands. They served very loyal in the Royal Dutch Indies Army, the K.N.I.L.Tremendous acting by a cast existing almost? out of highly talented"amateurs". Filmed very carefully. even the vehicles, bikes and so on are exactly from the period. No flawless moment at all. The almost absence of music adds tremendously to its dramatic credibility. This film, shown on television, should be shown in a real cinema, although I expect it is not made on 35mm analogue material. Hopefully this will be the start of revival of cinema without the tricks, the special effects, but with its simplicity, its absence of sentimentality. This is a silent, powerful movie with sound. Should be nominated. Will be nominated. No doubt at all.

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