The Pocket-knife

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Het Zakmes
Het Zakmes.jpg
Directed byBen Sombogaart
Written bySjoerd Kuyper
Release date
October 15, 1992
Running time
90 minutes

The Pocket-knife or Het Zakmes is a 1992 Dutch children's film directed by Ben Sombogaart. It is based on Sjoerd Kuyper's novel Het Zakmes. The film won several awards, including a Golden Calf Best Director Award.[1]


The story is about a 6-year-old boy who tries to return his friend's penknife, but faces difficulties because his friend has moved to another town. He has to keep his quest a secret because he is forbidden to carry a knife. Eventually he enters a talent contest, hoping to get a message to his friend through a song.



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