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De Marathon (2012)

After finding out that they have a debt of EUR40.000 with the tax service, four very out-of-shape men working at a car shop start to train for a marathon, in which they can win the money to pay the debt.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Stefan de Walle Stefan de Walle ... Gerard
Martin van Waardenberg Martin van Waardenberg ... Leo
Marcel Hensema ... Nico
Frank Lammers ... Kees
Mimoun Oaïssa Mimoun Oaïssa ... Youssoef
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cynthia Abma ... Jolanda
Dragan Bakema ... Tony
Mahjoub Benmoussa Mahjoub Benmoussa ... Oom Houssein
Manuel Broekman Manuel Broekman ... Ken
John Buijsman John Buijsman ... Joop
Aat Ceelen Aat Ceelen ... Herman
Sofieke de Kater Sofieke de Kater ... Zuster
Herman den Blijker Herman den Blijker ... Himself
Jung Sun den Hollander ... Röntgenoloog
Nanette Drazic Nanette Drazic ... Prostituee
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Storyline

In a car shop in Rotterdam, three car mechanics find out that the owner of the car shop, their colleague and boss, has a debt of EUR40.000 with the tax service. After unsuccessfully trying several possible solutions, these four beer drinking and cigarette smoking out-of-shape men ask their fifth colleague, a now physically disabled but also former marathon runner, to train them for a marathon. If they finish it, their debt will be paid, if they don't, they loose the garage. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

18 October 2012 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

A Maraton See more »

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$1,453,865
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2.35 : 1
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Koos van Staveren is the owner of the garage Garvak where they shot the movie. In January 2017 the movie became reality according to the news. Koos van Staveren is diagnosed with cancer and his garage is threatened by bankruptcy. Instead of running a marathon, the makers and cast of The Marathon organized a benefit evening on January 5 to raise money for Koos van Staveren. They raised almost 9500 euro for the garage. See more »

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Leo: Dude... Get lost with your Smurfs juice.
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Good story with footnotes
23 July 2013 | by aj-toSee all my reviews

This is a tale of hope and perseverance, with moving and still humorous parts from time to time. It shows the straightforward, human character of ordinary people and succeeds in arousing sympathy for them, despite their regular coarse behavior and talk. Nevertheless, I have some objections. I liked the story and make my compliments to the excellent playing skills of all the main actors and actresses, let me make my point clear here. But I'm strongly annoyed by the obligatory swearing and other decadent expressions that apparently must be inalienable to most Dutch movies, from the late sixties on. Seems like filmmakers always need to proof themselves this way, as if they've got stuck in their puberty. It's such a stultifying effect, especially on our youths that take this for example. And the perpetual downgrading of everything religious from our own soil is all equally imposed; are the Dutch so frustrated and childishly unable to discover the positive side of the church? Why this inevitable mockery and cheap scoring on things holy to others? Mind you, I myself are not religious (that is, not in the common way) and I even unsubscribed from the church I was born into. But I deeply respect all those who make more of their lives by believing in a higher goal, and I strongly disapprove the caricaturing of such people. Moreover, I get bored with it because it's such a trodden path by now in our movies and tele- productions. Come on, can't you do better than that?


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