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De bende van Oss (2011)

Netherlands, 1938. In a small town in the province of North Brabant called Oss, Johanna wants to change her life and quit the criminal gangs of the town. The harder she tries, the more she is involved.


André van Duren


Paul Jan Nelissen (screenplay), André van Duren (story & screenplay)

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Credited cast:
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Ties van Heesch
Sylvia Hoeks ... Johanna van Heesch
Benja Bruijning ... Jan
Daan Schuurmans ... Wachtmeester Roelofse
Frank Lammers ... Harry den Brock
Pierre Bokma ... Sal Hedeman
Kees Boot ... Minister Kolfschoten
Juliette van Ardenne ... Zuster in ziekenhuis
Guido Pollemans Guido Pollemans ... Piet van der Heijden
Maria Kraakman ... Trees Biemans
Marcel Musters Marcel Musters ... Wim de Kuyper
Jaap Spijkers Jaap Spijkers ... Pastoor de Roos
Lukas Dijkema ... Rost van Tonningen
Mike Weerts Mike Weerts ... Gerrit van der Heijden
Elle van Rijn Elle van Rijn ... Ellie


In the 1930's the Brabant (southern province of the Netherlands) city of Oss was caught up in a crime wave. Even the military police was sent from the north to free the city from the terror regime of the gang of Oss. When they discover sex crimes and fraud even amongst the local clerics and prominent members of the community, the conflict escalates between the catholic south and protestant north which eventually leads to the fall of the 'Colijn' administration, the last operating pre-war administration. During this a young woman Johanna wants to escape from the web of crime that surrounds her. The harder she tries the more she gets stuck in fraud, prostitution, manslaughter and even murder.

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You have to know your enemies before you know your friends.


Crime | Drama | History


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Release Date:

29 September 2011 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

De Bende van Oss See more »

Filming Locations:

Oss, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands See more »


Box Office


€2,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€165,704 (Netherlands), 2 October 2011, Limited Release
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on real events in the 30ties of the 20th century in the town of Oss that caused the fall of the government just before the start of WW2. See more »


Featured in De wereld draait door: Episode #7.11 (2011) See more »

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Quite enjoyable movie, but historically maybe about 5-10% correct.
17 March 2012 | by mereflSee all my reviews

When I first read about this movie I was pleasantly surprised. Making a movie about Oss in the Netherlands depicting the problems (crime, poverty) in the 1930's. I read a lot about what happened in that period. Moreover my grandfather was a member of the Marechaussee in Oss in those days. He was – to say the least – responsible for the arrest of a lot of those criminals in that period. That's why I have to say, that this movie doesn't give an accurate picture of the situation in that period. Not at all to be honest. There are a couple of persons (whose names are different in the movie of course) who really existed in those days and have committed the crimes that you can see in the movie. But apart from that the movie isn't historically correct. Well, that doesn't have to be a problem of course, since most of the viewers know nothing of what happened during those days in and around Oss. So it doesn't bother me really. What does bother me really very much is the fact that in the end of the movie people can read on the screen that many of the Marechaussee members joined the NSB (a pro Nazi movement in Holland in those days). That is absolutely not true. There may have been a few, but most of them joined the underground resistance, who helped American and British pilots to escape from the Germans). In my opinion the movie makers should have been more careful in making such a statement. Apart from that it is not a bad movie. The settings are OK as well as the clothing, the speech (dialect the people speak). The movie depicts the atmosphere of life in those days in a Dutch small city. All in all a nice movie to watch on a rainy afternoon. But keep in mind that the link to the real situation in those days isn't really present in the movie (well maybe for about 5%).

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