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Max Havelaar (1976)

Max Havelaar of de koffieveilingen der Nederlandsche handelsmaatschappij (original title)
An idealistic Dutch colonial officer posted to Indonesia in the 19th century is cohvinced that he can make the kinds of changes that will actually help the local people he is in charge of, ... See full summary »

Director:

Fons Rademakers

Writers:

Gerard Soeteman (screenplay), Multatuli (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Faber Peter Faber ... Max Havelaar
Sacha Bulthuis Sacha Bulthuis ... Tine
Adendu Soesilaningrat Adendu Soesilaningrat ... Regent (as E.M. Adenan Soesilaningrat)
Maruli Sitompul Maruli Sitompul ... Demang
Krijn ter Braak Krijn ter Braak ... Verbrugge
Carl van der Plas Carl van der Plas ... Resident
Rima Melati ... Mevrouw Slotering
Joop Admiraal Joop Admiraal ... Slotering
Pitradjaya Burnama Pitradjaya Burnama ... Djaska (as Pitradjaja Burnama)
Herry Lantho Herry Lantho ... Saïdjah
Nenny Zulaini Nenny Zulaini ... Adinda
Sofia W.D. Sofia W.D. ... Babu
Minih bin Misan Minih bin Misan ... Saïdjah's vader
Rutger Hauer ... Duclari
Frans Vorstman Frans Vorstman ... Gouverneur-generaal
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Storyline

An idealistic Dutch colonial officer posted to Indonesia in the 19th century is cohvinced that he can make the kinds of changes that will actually help the local people he is in charge of, but circumstances soon make him realize just how out of touch he really is, and it doesn't take long for things to go from bad to worse. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Indonesia | Netherlands

Language:

Dutch | Malay

Release Date:

9 September 1976 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Max Havelaar See more »

Filming Locations:

Bogor, Indonesia

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When critics noticed that the Indonesian language spoken in the film was modern Malay instead of the dialects of 1860, director Fons Rademakers countered that the Dutch language heard in the film was also more modern than the way it would have sounded in the original time frame. See more »

Goofs

When the movie starts, a trumpeter plays the Dutch national anthem, the "Wilhelmus". But in 1850, that was not yet the Dutch anthem. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Moordspel: Flitsend en fataal (1987) See more »

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compelling
3 September 1999 | by CioranSee all my reviews

This film works. It gives a realistic, grim depiction of life in a European colony, namely Indonesia. The description of web of hypocrisy of church-going Dutch and the utmost repression the natives under their rule endure. People who derive benefits from others misery and use powerful denial mechanisms to evade from the truth. Max Havelaar was a man, the film makers and writers seem to love - a beacon of hope. One stand up guy who resists succumbing to the mire of human power struggles and utmost cruelty towards other people, in a situation where he has the position to wield unquestionable power. In this he reminds of Josef Schindler who also found some humanity in a dire, cruel situation. This film also matches John Sayles' "Men With Guns" in portraying human cruelty.


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