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De leeuw van Vlaanderen (1985)

A tale centered on the Battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302 where the Flemish rank and file won a major victory over the glorious French knights.


Hugo Claus


Hugo Claus, Hendrik Conscience (novel)


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Credited cast:
Frank Aendenboom ... Robrecht van Bethune
Bert André Bert André ... Eremiet (I)
Piet Balfoort Piet Balfoort
Theu Boermans Theu Boermans ... Jacques de Chatillon, comte de Leuze
Chris Boni Chris Boni ... Moeder Breydel
Hans Boskamp Hans Boskamp ... St.Pol
Ronnie Commissaris Ronnie Commissaris ... Jan van Renesse
Jules Croiset Jules Croiset ... Robert d'Artois
Bart Dauwe Bart Dauwe
Jo De Meyere ... Bauden de Vos
Hans De Munter Hans De Munter ... Adolf van Nieuwland (as Hans de Munter)
Vic de Wachter Vic de Wachter ... Jan van Namen
Ilma De witte Ilma De witte ... Zwarte Hertogin
Jan Decleir ... Jan Breydel
Karel Deruwe Karel Deruwe


A tale centered on the Battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302 where the Flemish rank and file won a major victory over the glorious French knights.

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War | Drama




Belgium | Netherlands



Release Date:

14 March 1985 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Lav od Flandrije See more »

Filming Locations:

Beersel, Belgium See more »


Box Office


BEF65,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


The eyes of a dead French knight follow the pitbull in front of him. See more »

Alternate Versions

The restored and DVD version is slightly different than the earlier cinema and TV versions: The close shot in which Robrecht van Bethune decapitates De Chatillon with his sword, has been cut down with a couple of frames in the restored and DVD version. In the earlier releases you could clearly see that it was a dummy head being chopped off. See more »

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A great Flemmish Medieval War film!
19 August 2010 | by John1986See all my reviews

You know, this is a great Flemish war film! The story is set in the middle-ages, the 14th century (in the year 1302). Because all the gold reserves of the great French empire are gone, King "Filips De Schone" wants to have the complete power of a golden empire: "Flanders", which have ten times more gold, than there is in the whole French kingdom. The french army threatens the Flemmish people with slavery and death! City's get attacked, Woman's and Children are getting killed by soldiers and the whole Flanders is in the power of France. But the Flemish people don't want this, and a revolution breaks out. It all ends in a gigantic and bloody battle which is known as "The Battle of the Golden Spurs" (De Guldenporenslag!) This is a great and realistic film about: Love, Power, Death, Knights, Medieval and War. It shows one of the greatest victories of the Flemmish army in the whole History. Director Hugo Claus has done it well! The fight scenes are amazing and good. Even for a Flemmish film with a very LOW budget! I actually don't understand why everybody hates this movie.

Anyway, thanks for reading my comment!

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