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Ciske the Rat (1984)

Ciske de Rat (original title)
A poor 11 year old schoolboy with a heart of gold grows up in 1930s Amsterdam.

Director:

Guido Pieters

Writers:

Piet Bakker (novel), Karin Loomans
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny de Munk ... Ciske Vrijmoeth / Ciske de Rat
Willeke van Ammelrooy ... Moeder Marie
Herman van Veen Herman van Veen ... Meester Bruis
Willem Nijholt ... Oom Henri
Peter Faber Peter Faber ... Vader Cor
Rijk de Gooyer ... Rechercheur Muyskens
Linda van Dyck Linda van Dyck ... Tante Jans
Carolien van den Berg Carolien van den Berg ... Tante Chris
Adriaan Olree Adriaan Olree ... De Goey
Ingeborg Uyt den Boogaard Ingeborg Uyt den Boogaard ... Schooljuffrouw
Danny Merk Danny Merk ... Theo
Mara Peelen Mara Peelen ... Corrie
Rudi Falkenhagen Rudi Falkenhagen ... Cafebaas (as Rudy Falkenhagen)
Hans Holtkamp Hans Holtkamp ... Vriend van Henri
Henk Rigters Henk Rigters ... Van Loon
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Storyline

11 year old Amsterdam schoolboy Ciske, a scamp with a heart of gold, causes havoc in the classroom pouring ink over his teacher. Yet when a polio-crippled boy joins the class Ciske is one of the only children to befriend him and is bullied as a result. His mother works in a bar and Ciske helps out often late into the night - his father is at sea and his mother supplements her income with prostitution. Ciske also smolders with rage at life's injustices. Written by kabouter <kab@kabouter.demon.nl>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Details

Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

29 March 1984 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Ciske the Rat See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sigma Film Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(theatrical) | (director's cut) | (DVD extended cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Connections

Version of Ciske de Rat (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Ik voel mij zo verdomd alleen
Lyrics by Karin Loomans
Music by Herman van Veen
Performed by Danny de Munk
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A Charming Scamp
23 May 2003 | by moviloverSee all my reviews

A lonely outcast boy, mistreated by his slutty mother and her boyfriends and missing his adored but often absent seaman father, gets into a series of scrapes with the law including a short prison term. Curiously for a film of this sort, one of Ciske's most sympathetic observers is the local police commissioner (he's one of those who calls Ciske "Rat") who knows him well and is aware of his home life--after all, he's escorted him there often enough. Another supporter is a teacher at school who sees Ciske befriending weaker boys and decides to become his guardian. Ciske is a tough nut, but he has an appealing personality and Danny de Munk makes him seem real. Despite his troubles Ciske remains upbeat and is a charming scamp. Danny was a well-known boy singer at the time, and is heard singing over the opening credits as well as during a scene in class. Nevertheless, he was willing to film a scene in the nude. He was 13 when the film was made, and grew up to become a singing star, appearing in many stage musicals. The film is based on a Dutch classic book and is a remake of a 1955 black-and-white version.


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