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aTomiK
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Future Film just released this interesting Dutch film here.
I bought the dvd but haven´t watched it yet.

Directed by Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Total Recall, Basic Instinct etc.)
Starring Renée Soutendijk, Hans van Tongeren, Maarten Spanjer and Rutger Hauer.

They say that it´s like Saturday Night Fever with lots of nudity, motocross racing and violence.

Spetters led to many protests across the board about the caricatural manner
in which Verhoeven portrayed gays, Christians, the police, and the press.
Although Verhoeven made one more film in the Netherlands, the response to Spetters led to his leaving the Netherlands for Hollywood.
Despite the large amount of controversy surrounding it the film proved to be a box office hit
gaining 1,124,162 admissions in the Netherlands alone. (Wikipedia)

Anyone seen this?

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5VSTltIMXA

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I saw this movie in a theaters when it first came out. I can see how it was fairly shocking for its time.

One of the characters --- a leather-clad biker type --- has a strict religious father. He's the black-haired guy on the upper left-hand corner of the second poster (see above). He goes on to beat up elderly homosexuals, but is later surrounded by a tough gay gang (one of whom is the brother of the protagonist's girlfriend), and is raped by them.

Your comment about how it might compare to Saturday Night Fever is somewhat accurate. The only difference is that there is no disco dancing!

Not sure what the rating is, but I would have to say that it would be an "R".

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Wow, sounds like typical Verhoeven!
He just don´t know how to play by the rules [Cool]

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Saw it years ago but can't recall anything! Useless comment.

Let us know what you think.

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I found this to be a very depressing early Verhoeven film. His early stuff like this and "Turkish Delight" has a tendency to rub your nose in its shock-for-shock's-sake squalor. Verhoeven's such a polarizing director, even for me, and I like a lot of his stuff. This is a movie that is one of those that's easier to admire for its craftsmanship than actually enjoy, I think.
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All I remember about this was that it was a serious X-rated feature. So just skip to the good parts, like you do with any *ahem* adult movie.
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Finally watched Spetters and yes, it´s another Verhoeven masterpiece.
The cast did an amazing job and you really cared about the characters.
It´s a very sad movie but life won´t always go as planned.

Great theme song (composed by dutch band Kayak) and lots of good tunes, cool motocross scenes
and i truly understand why this movie schocked people back in the day.

Opening credits - theme tune

Here´s another cool Spetters poster:

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Thanks for the post on this Atomik. Being a huge Motocross/Supercross fan/former rider this is right up my alley. Could you let me know how much racing is in it. Is it just a few scenes or more than that. Saw some copies on Ebay pretty cheap and may want to purchase it. Thanks for any info. M-I-Z!!
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There's a fun clip from a Dutch talkshow where Paul Verhoeven got physically attacked by
some gay movement members back in 1980 on live television.
I was hoping i could post a link to that material here, but apparently this footage is
copyright protected and can't be found on any publicly accessible site.

Some macabre trivia : Lead actor Hans van Tongeren whose character in Spetters committed
suicide after being paralyzed, committed suicide for real in 1982. He was only 27 years old.

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I got this on DVD about three years ago. Didn't get to watch it all the way through. Will give it another viewing as I was deep in my euro 80's movie search back then.
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quote:
Originally posted by Johnny Roarke is reckless:


Some macabre trivia : Lead actor Hans van Tongeren whose character in Spetters committed
suicide after being paralyzed, committed suicide for real in 1982. He was only 27 years old.

Quite shocking to hear that. He was great in Spetters.
I wonder what made him do that horrible decision...

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Rumours always were that he identified himself too much with the characters he played.
And he played in several movies in which his character committed suicide.
Apparently, prior to his own suicide, he had been in a psychiatric hospital several times.
Shortly before he died, he was cast in the Dutch movie Van De Koele Meren Des Doods (1982)
in which his character was to commit.. suicide.

Hans van Tongeren can also be seen in the international production Summer Lovers (1982),
the Daryl Hannah sun, sand & sex vehicle.

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It´s a fun movie, i have the VHS tape.
Don´t remember his role though so i need to check it out again.

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