The Black Meteor

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De Zwarte Meteoor
Directed by Guido Pieters
Produced by Matthijs van Heijningen
Written by Tom Egbers (novel), Kees van Beijnum (screenplay)
Cinematography Wouter Suijderhout
Edited by Tatjana Schops
Distributed by RCV
Release date
11 December 2000
Running time
107 minutes
Country Netherlands
Language Dutch
Budget €2 million

The Black Meteor is a 2000 Dutch film directed by Guido Pieters. The film is based on the novel by Tom Egbers, a Dutch sports journalist, which was adapted for the screen by Kees van Beijnum. The novel fictionalizes the story of Steve Mokone, the first black player to play in a professional European league.


The movie is set in the 1950s, when soccer club SC Heracles from Almelo, in the rural east of the Netherlands, acquires an African player. Steve Mokone makes Heracles a successful team, while changing every aspect of life in the small city. Mokone builds a unique friendship with the 15-year-old Felix, but then leaves town as quickly as he came.


Scott Foundas, writing for Variety, was not overly positive, criticizing its "holier-than-thou coming of age/race relations" quality.[1]



  1. ^ Foundas, Scott (2001-07-23). "Rev. of The Black Meteor". Variety. 

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