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Dutch film poster for Spetters
|Directed by||Paul Verhoeven|
|Produced by||Joop van den Ende|
|Written by||Gerard Soeteman
Jan Wolkers (uncredited)
|Starring||Hans van Tongeren
|Music by||Ton Scherpenzeel
|Edited by||Ine Schenkkan|
|Distributed by||The Samuel Goldwyn Company|
|Release date(s)||25 February 1980|
|Running time||120 minutes|
Spetters led to protests about the 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 him to leave for Hollywood. Despite the large amount of controversy surrounding it, the film proved to be popular, with 1,124,162 admissions in the Netherlands alone. From a financial perspective, the film proved to be a disappointment,[according to whom?] given that the production ran seriously behind schedule and over budget.
The film, which is violent and sexually graphic, is a high-speed coming of age story which centers on three young men dreaming of an escape from their provincial surroundings by means of a motocross career: young motocross racing champion Rien (Hans van Tongeren), another racer who thinks he has the goods, Hans (Maarten Spanjer (nl)), and the son of a Bible thumping Calvinist, the mechanic Eef (Toon Agterberg (nl)). Their only escapes are alcohol, drugs, and weekend visits to a local disco nightclub.
When they run into a young seductress (Renee Soutendijk), her homosexual brother, national motocross champion Witkamp (Rutger Hauer) and the national press that follows in his wake, their futures change drastically.
The word "spetter" (plural: "spetters") is a (now outdated) word with the same meaning as the English word "hunk". It also means "splatters" and thereby refers to motorcrossing with the dirt splatting up and the chips stall where Soutendijk's character works, when she lowers the chips into the frying pan.
- The film is classified as R18 in New Zealand.
- Spetters at the Internet Movie Database
- Spetters at AllMovie
- Spetters at AllMovie
- Spetters at Rotten Tomatoes
- Symbolic Power and Religious Impotence in Paul Verhoeven’s Spetters in Journal of Religion and Film, October 2003