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Schneider vs. Bax (2015)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Thriller | 28 May 2015 (Netherlands)
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On his birthday, a hitman reluctantly takes on the easy task of killing a writer, only to find the job a lot more difficult than expected.


Alex van Warmerdam
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Credited cast:
Tom Dewispelaere ... Schneider
Alex van Warmerdam ... Ramon Bax
Maria Kraakman ... Francisca
Gene Bervoets ... Mertens
Annet Malherbe ... Gina
Pierre Bokma ... Bolek
Henri Garcin Henri Garcin ... Gerard
Loes Haverkort ... Lucy
Eva van de Wijdeven Eva van de Wijdeven ... Nadine
Ali Zijlstra ... Loetje
Mike Reus Mike Reus ... Supervisor
Bart Harder ... Jules
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fay Bakker Fay Bakker ... Oldest Daughter
Rosa Bakker Rosa Bakker ... Youngest Daughter
Renzo van Cleemputte Renzo van Cleemputte ... Blind boy


Schneider, a hit man, gets a call from Mertens on the morning of his birthday. He has a rush job for Schneider who refuses it, because it is his birthday and he has promised Lucy, his wife, to help her with the preparations for the dinner party. Mertens insists that it is an important matter. Schneider is told that the target is Ramon Bax, a writer. He lives alone in a secluded place. "It's an easy job. With a little luck you're back home before noon." Schneider accepts the assignment. What seems to be a simple job turns out to be more than expected.

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Schneider, a hit-man, is given a task: before the night has passed he must kill the writer Ramon Bax. It seems to be an easy task....


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Release Date:

28 May 2015 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

La peau de Bax See more »

Filming Locations:

Biddinghuizen, Netherlands See more »


Box Office


€3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€69,615 (Netherlands), 31 May 2015, Limited Release
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The part of Bax was intended for German actor Waldemar Kobus. However, he couldn't master the Dutch language or mannerisms required for the role. Director Alex van Warmerdam decided to take on the role himself on the advice of his wife and co-actor Annet Malherbe. See more »


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Written by Patty S. Hill & Mildred J. Hill
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Thrilling Dark Comedy
8 November 2015 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

Schneider and Bax have a lot in common. Each is a hit man. They are both good at what they do. They also work for the same employer. Each, amazingly, has a job to do at the same time and on the same day. Also, both are targets. Each is unknowingly tasked with killing the other. This is where the similarities end however. Schneider and Bax have opposite styles, personalities and lives. Schneider is a family man, or at least he appears to be. He lives in the city and is methodical, devious and relentless in going about business. Bax, on the other hand, is carefree and lighthearted. This relaxed attitude is aided considerably by the heavy doses of drugs and alcohol he consumes. With his nightmare of a girlfriend and family, he probably needs them. As Schneider closes in on Bax the latter is visited, in turn, by his daughter, father and girlfriend, each of whom is unstable and volatile.

This thrilling dark comedy is full of twists and turns as the hit men are constantly dealing with complications they did not expect. Alex van Warmerdam also directed Borgman, which is as zany as it is creepy (I loved it). Like Borgman, Schneider vs. Bax is also very different from traditional Hollywood slop, and van Warmerdam adds much more humor to the mix this time. The acting, directing, images and storyline are all good. The film falters only in that not enough money and talent was provided in order to move the film to the next level. Seen at the Toronto International Film Festival 2015.

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