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  • Actors: Hans van Tongeren, Renée Soutendijk, Toon Agterberg, Maarten Spanjer, Marianne Boyer
  • Directors: Paul Verhoeven
  • Writers: Gerard Soeteman, Jan Wolkers
  • Producers: Joop van den Ende
  • Format: Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Dutch (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006I04L
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,951 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Spetters (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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  • Director's cut
  • In Dutch with English subtitles

Editorial Reviews


Paul Verhoeven's story of three dirt bike buddies with motocross dreams in a small Netherlands town is just the kind of working-class soap opera one would expect from the director of Basic Instinct and Showgirls. Conniving fox Renée Soutendijk (The Fourth Man) seduces all three boys in hopes of landing a ride out of her miserable existence selling fried snacks from a gypsy van. At least she's honest about her schemes of escape, and in this predatory world that makes her a prize. Verhoeven's tone is uneven as his melodrama of dirt track glory, casual sex, and small town restlessness bounces into Fassbinder territory with scenes of gay bashing, gang rape, and suicidal despair. Only Verhoeven could pull a happy ending from all of that. Rutger Hauer and Jeroen Krabbé make appearances as the dirt bike champion and a self-promoting sportscaster. --Sean Axmaker

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From notorious filmmaker Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, Showgirls) and writer GerardSoeteman comes this director's cut of an explosive, fast-paced (Boxoffice) coming-of-age drama. Raw, intense and unabashedly sexual, Spetters is a wild ride that will knock the unsuspecting for a loop (The Hollywood Reporter). Rien, Eef and Hans are three young working-class guys stuck in an industrial town on the outskirts of Rotterdam. They couldn't be more different except for one thing: their shared passion for motorcycle racing, which each sees as his ticket to a better life. But a deeper passion will soon rule each of their lives, when a sexy, ambitiousblonde comes between them and provokes unforeseen events that will rock their worlds.

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Well done for the actors and actress, and so for directing.
Asrul Sani
Paul Verhoeven's Dutch films almost always shock Americans becasue they are full of sex and violence, but sex and violence are not being used to sell something.
Her involvement with the boys will lead to triumph and tragedy as well as sexual awakening.
Mark Norvell

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Mark Norvell on November 5, 2002
Format: DVD
This is a revision of my earlier concerns. "Spetters" is blissfully intact on DVD and looks better than ever. The directors' cut I had on tape didn't look this good. I was afraid it had been edited when I saw it was listed as "R" but it's unrated still and 8 minutes longer than on my tape. This film is about the lives of three young men who race motorcycles. They long to compete with their hero (Rutger Hauer) who is wealthy and famous. They come from diverse middle class backgrounds. One is abused by his violent father and bashes gay men for their money. Their lives are disrupted and changed forever by a beautiful ambitious blonde who rolls into town with her fast food wagon that she operates with her butch gay brother. Her involvement with the boys will lead to triumph and tragedy as well as sexual awakening. Renee Soutendjik walks off with the film as the golddigging blonde. She is amazingly beautiful and sensual in her earthy performance. She would play another vamp of a different kind in Verhoevens' "The 4TH Man". "Spetters" is a must see for Verhoeven fans of his earlier pre-Hollywood work. It is also sexually explicit and contains a disturbing homosexual rape scene. This scene is important to the story developement but it is graphic. Some may be put off by it. Still, "Spetters" tells a story and I can't recommend it enough for lovers of truly cinematic film.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Hartley on June 16, 2005
Format: DVD
Director Paul Verhoven may be best known to the mallrats as the helmer for over-the-top sci fi like "Robocop","Total Recall" and "Starship Troopers" and most lamentably for his so-bad-it's-good sex soaper "Showgirls", but he had arguably already left his best work in the sack of his native Holland a decade or two earlier. 1980's "Spetters" (a Dutch slang term for male ejaculate) remains the in-your-face director's most audacious and fascinating work to date. Popular in Holland but largely ignored upon its initial U.S. release, the film has slowly built a cult following over the years, thanks to word-of-mouth amongst film buffs and some critical backpedalling due to Verhoven's subsequent box-office successes. Following the hormone-fueled misadventures (from comedic to tragic) of a trio of motocross-obsessed teenage pals and thier girlfriends, the film is a sort of Dutch take on "Saturday Night Fever" or "Quadrophenia" with a pinch of social satire tossed in. The young (mostly unknown) principal players all deliver energetic, superb performances and are ably supported by Jeroen Krabbe and Rutger Hauer (re-united after thier memorable work together in "Soldier Of Orange", another early Verhoven "must-see"). The MGM DVD thankfully restores the 8 minutes of "graphic" sexuality (not really that shocking to Europeans) that was excised in order to earn an "R" rating and make the film more palatable to our "puritan" American tastes (Tarantino can chop off as many limbs as he likes with a Samurai sword and keep his "R" rating, but to risk having our precious children get an on-screen glimpse of human anatomy? Oh, the horror!). Verhoven's director commentary is chatty and lively as per usual (you can't shut this guy up, actually-he gives you WAY too much information at times!) Highly recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By tokyo111 on January 27, 2003
Format: DVD
Now here's a movie I'm surprised I hadn't heard about sooner. An early work (released 1980) directed by Dutch madman Paul Verhoeven, it begins like a standard teen exploitation flick -- the story of three working-class boys obsessed with motocross racing. They go to discos, they race their bikes, they have sex with their adoring girlfriends (there are, refreshingly, as many nude penises in evidence as there are nude breasts, by the way), they hang out in the garage and try to be macho. Enter Fientje, a gorgeous, calculating, unabashedly sexual gal who's sick of her life as a wandering french-fry-monger. She tries to attach herself to each of the three friends in turn, in the hopes they'll lift her out of poverty.
You think you know where the plot is headed, right? These three lads will be undone by the gold-digging spider woman. But trust me, you have no idea what you're in for, as Verhoeven and his screenwriter almost gleefully put each character through unimaginable amounts of emotional and physical hell.
Some of these tortures are so sudden, so melodramatic, and handled so very strangely that there's just no choice but to laugh out loud. Clearly, Verhoeven et al were chomping at the bit to tackle taboo social issues of the day (teen sexuality, homosexuality, police corruption, the plight of the disabled), and tackle they do, but with little regard for subtlety or, in some cases, logic. Case in point: a sequence in which a lad is gang raped by five men... leading him to realize he himself is gay! Later, one of the rapists becomes a kind of mentor to him. Riiiiight.
Still, it's the filmmakers' willingness to charge headlong in unexpected directions that makes this movie utterly addictive. It shouldn't work, but you can't keep your eyes off it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By filterite on September 14, 2003
Format: DVD
Although having said that it has much darker tones and hasn't got the syrupy ending that most American films have when dealing with teenage lives.
I got a friend from Holland to buy me this as it hasn't been released here in Ireland ( or the UK ) yet. As a result I'm listening to the whole thing in Dutch and have no subtitles to guide me along the way. But I can pick out the odd Dutch word here and there such as " godverdomme " " klootsak " and " dood ". But then I don't really need the subtitles. I can get the meaning ( or my interpretation of it ) without them such is the strength of the film.
Rutger Hauer and Jeroen Krabbe are the usual suspects in Verhoeven's Dutch movies ( which I haven't seen but for sure I'm interested in seeing ). Here they play very small parts but they play them well. Hauer is good as Gerrard Witkamp who is the idol of the three teenage wannabe dirtbike riders. He plays the role with such cockiness that you sometimes get the feeling that he IS that person.
The film takes on a darker edge when one of the bikers who had just got a contract from Honda sees his career ruined when a German tourist ( this is what it's supposed to be they say - for all I know it could have been another Dutch person ) absent mindedly throws out rubbish out of his car window and leads the biker off road. His career is ruined and effectively feels that his life has become worthless
The gang rape scene is one of the most explicit depictions of gang rape for it's time. And it's amazing to think that in Holland you can get this on a 12 certificate while here in Ireland you'd be lucky to get an 18 certificate. But needless to say you have to a bit of a strong stomach for it all.
There are some obvious scenes as well such as the boys measuring up to see who has the bigger penis.
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