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Oeroeg (1993)

Johan Ten Berghe joins the Dutch army when the Dutch East Indies unilaterally declare independence as Indonesia. He initiates his naive driver Twan in life in the East, having grown up ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Jeroen Krabbé ... Hendrik Ten Berghe
Rik Launspach Rik Launspach ... Johan
Martin Schwab Martin Schwab ... Oeroeg
Ramelan Bekkema Ramelan Bekkema ... Kleine Oeroeg
Peter Faber Peter Faber ... Van Bergen Henegouwen
Tom Van Bauwel ... Twan
Joris Putman Joris Putman ... Little Johan
François Beukelaers François Beukelaers ... Van Woerkom
Tom Jansen Tom Jansen ... Kolonel van Dalen
José Rizal Manua José Rizal Manua ... Deppoh
Chris Tates Chris Tates
Marcel Musters Marcel Musters ... Soldaat
Patrick Kerkhof Patrick Kerkhof ... Soldaat in training
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ayu Azhari Ayu Azhari ... Satih
Marjon Brandsma Marjon Brandsma ... Valerie van Amerongen


Johan Ten Berghe joins the Dutch army when the Dutch East Indies unilaterally declare independence as Indonesia. He initiates his naive driver Twan in life in the East, having grown up there as son of colonial official Hendrik, now missing. Their adventures intertwine with Johan's childhood memories, especially concerning his native best friend, Oeroeg, who joined the rebellion, as well as their nanny and later de facto stepmother. Conflicting loyalties become tangible in extreme situations. Written by KGF Vissers

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Dutch | Indonesian

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10 June 1993 (Netherlands) See more »

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Johan and Oeroeg sing the Dutch song "Kijk eens in de poppetjes van m'n ogen" by Annie de Reuver. This song was first released in 1951, however the scene takes place in the late-'30s. See more »


Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #8.1 (1995) See more »

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This movie did not quite realize what it promised
19 October 1999 | by radlovSee all my reviews

This movie is a free adaptation of a novel by the well known Dutch author Hella Haase. A white Dutch boy and the son of an Indonesian servant grow up together. Later on, their lifes take different paths. When they meet again after many years, in the period of the Indonesian war of independence, their outlook has grown so different that they are not capable of finding a common language any more.

The movie - in which apart from Dutch a lot of Bahasa Indonesia is spoken - is impressive because of the magnificent Indonesian scenery. The acting by the Dutch and Indonesian actors is in general quite decent. Nevertheless, the movie fails to fulfill its promise.

In an effort to present a "politically correct", anti colonial point of view, quite a few scenes have been turned more into a caricature than into a realistic picture of the period concerned. It should have been possible to avoid this, as Hella Haase, in her considerably more subtle novel, did draw a much more equilibrated picture.

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