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De brief voor de koning (2008)

The medieval quest of sixteen-year old Tiuri, who risks his future as a Knight to fulfill a promise, and in so doing discovers adventure, honor, valor and love.

Director:

Pieter Verhoeff

Writers:

Tonke Dragt (novel), Maarten Lebens (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yannick van de Velde Yannick van de Velde ... Tiuri
Quinten Schram Quinten Schram ... Piak
Rüdiger Vogler ... Koning Unauwen / Menaures
Lars Rudolph Lars Rudolph ... Slupor
Victor Reinier ... Ristridin
Daan Schuurmans ... Bendoe
Raymond Thiry ... Tiuri de Dappere
Derek de Lint ... Koning Dagonaut
Gijs Scholten van Aschat ... Edwinem
Kees Boot ... Jaro
Hans Dagelet ... Warmin
Michiel Romeyn Michiel Romeyn ... Roverhoofdman
Uwe Ochsenknecht ... Rafox
Steven Stavast Steven Stavast ... Broeder Martijn
Jeroen Willems Jeroen Willems ... Tolheer
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Storyline

Thiuri is nearly a knight. He only has to complete one test and he will be knighted. He only has to wake one night in the chapel without talking and without opening the door. Then someone knocks at the door of the chapel and asks for help. Risking his knighthood Tiuri opens the door and helps the guy asking for help. Tiuri has to deliver a letter to a knight in the forest which contains an important message for a befriended king. When Tiuri finds the knight, the knight is deadly wounded and asks Tiuri to deliver the letter. Tiuri hesitates, but accepts the mission. The adventure begins.... Will Tiuri deliver the letter on time? And what does the letter say? Written by Remko de Keijzer

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Plot Keywords:

knight | letter | sword | ritual | kneeling | See All (10) »

Genres:

Adventure

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Netherlands]

Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

16 July 2008 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Carta para el rey See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »

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Budget:

€6,750,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Tiuri is riding out of the King's forest, after getting the letter, in the overhead shot he is riding on an asphalt road. See more »

Crazy Credits

Even though the language spoken in the movie is Dutch and the production companies are also Dutch, the cast credits at the end of the movie are in English. See more »

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Hasted garbage
19 July 2008 | by c-i-z-lerSee all my reviews

This movie is dreadful. I really can not understand why the director is being praised for what he created here.

Every scene seems to be rushed, as if there wasn't enough film in the camera. Like when Piak throws Tiuri his sword. Piak doesn't throw it further than a few feet yet when the camera changes its angle, all of a sudden the sword flies another 8 feet. Is it such a bother to just throw that sword a few times more often?

And then there are the actors, almost all of them the best Holland has to offer and a few of Germany's great. How come none of these fine actors seem to shine in their parts? Isn't it a big part of the directors work to ensure they do their best?

Then there are parts of the book that are altered for no good reason. Why doesn't this film start with Tiuri in the chapel? That would have been a great introduction for the main character. A dim lit chapel, and then the knock on the door and the cry for help. It is easy to convey a bit a drama to that, but it doesn't happen. Vokia is also wounded, no idea why, he wasn't in the book. And it doesn't quite fit either.

There are parts that I liked in this movie. The shots of the landscape through which Tiuri goes are pretty good. The actor that plays Jaro does a good job. And when Tiuri meets the lord of the toll I got an emotional response from this performance, even though it doesn't really make sense in light of the book.

All in all, I just think it is too bad they didn't put some more effort into this. It could have been something if the makers would have just spend some more time in preparing dramatic effect, storyboard and a decent script.

I sincerely hope they don't ruin another great book by Tonke Dragt.

A disappointed fan.


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