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Bullhead (2011)

Rundskop (original title)
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Sint-Truiden, Belgium. Jacky, a young cattle farmer who is constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, is approached by a veterinarian to make a deal with a notorious beef trader.

Director:

Michaël R. Roskam

Writer:

Michaël R. Roskam (scenario)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 21 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthias Schoenaerts ... Jacky Vanmarsenille
Jeroen Perceval ... Diederik Maes
Jeanne Dandoy ... Lucia Schepers
Barbara Sarafian ... Eva Forrestier
Tibo Vandenborre ... Antony De Greef
Frank Lammers ... Sam Raymond (as Frank Lamers)
Sam Louwyck Sam Louwyck ... Marc DeKuyper
Robin Valvekens Robin Valvekens ... Jonge Jacky Vanmarsenille
Baudoin Wolwertz Baudoin Wolwertz ... Jonge Diederik Maes
David Murgia ... Jonge Bruno Schepers
Erico Salamone Erico Salamone ... Christian Filippini
Philippe Grand'Henry Philippe Grand'Henry ... David Filippini
Kris Cuppens Kris Cuppens ... Jean Vanmarsenille
Sofie Sente Sofie Sente ... Irene Vanmarsenille
Kristof Renson Kristof Renson ... Stieve Vanmarsenille
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Storyline

Sint-Truiden, Belgium. The young Limburg cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts), is approached by an unscrupulous veterinarian to make a shady deal with a notorious West-Flemish beef trader. But the assassination of a federal policeman, and an unexpected confrontation with a mysterious secret from Jacky's past, set in motion a chain of events with far-reaching consequences. BULLHEAD is an exciting tragedy about fate, lost innocence and friendship, about crime and punishment, but also about conflicting desires and the irreversibility of a man's destiny. Written by Polly_Kat

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence, language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Belgium | Netherlands

Language:

Flemish | French | Dutch

Release Date:

2 February 2011 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Bullhead See more »

Filming Locations:

Liège, Wallonia, Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,267, 19 February 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$151,840

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$362,607
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (35 mm version)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bruno's vegetative state is never explained because Michael Roskam simply never thought of one. After the fact, Roskam offered several theories including disease, a failed suicide attempt, or being beaten by Jacky. See more »

Goofs

(around 19:48) Jacky is seen wearing a regular winter jacket when he meets the men. However when they go to lunch, he is then seen wearing a dress sports jacket. See more »

Quotes

Sam Raymond: You know what's wrong with you?... You've got no balls!
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Connections

Referenced in L'incertitude des choses (2013) See more »

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More than a movie, a masterpiece, a work of art....!!
18 August 2011 | by alexandre_dewitSee all my reviews

You do not have to be Belgian to appreciate and be an admirer of this movie. The way it is told, filmed and performed are Oscar worthy....

This the incredibly sad story of Jacky, a farmer who's whole life will be turned upside down following a dramatic and traumatising event in his youth....making him the man (or what's left of it) he is today!

It handles in a very realistic way the animal (cow-bull) drug and hormone maffia and its traffic. Following the lives of several people who are directly affected by it.

The two stories, one the telling of Jacky's way to deal with his trauma and how he suffers from it, how it affected him and the other about the hormone traffic are brilliantly melt together to a story that will leave no one insensitive!!

AMAZING!!


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