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Spetters further elaborates on the themes of sexual obsession previously probed in director Paul Verhoeven's Turkish Delight (1973). Hans Van Tongeren, Toon Agterberg and Maarten Spanjer play, respectively, Reen, Eve and Hans, a closely-knit group of teenage motorcycle lovers who idolize local cycling champion Witkamp (played by Rutger Hauer, the star of Delight). Unfortunately, the adolescents' attempts to rebel take a dark and brutal turn when Van Tongeren is permanently injured in a road accident and Agterberg is gang raped by a group of homosexuals. While the other two young men… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Imagine a Mike Leigh film set in Holland with motorbike stunts, packed with authentic action sequences and sexual frankness..."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Remember when Paul Verhoeven made good movies?"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A resolutely humorless (though sometimes unintentionally funny) Dutch movie about three young men who dream of finding fame and fortune in motorcycle racing and, instead, find themselves. The search is unrewarding and seems interminable."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"An unflinching drama, Spetters is as shocking as any other film in the Verhoeven cannon and bares comparison with his best native movies such as Soldier Of Orange."
‑ , Film4
"[Verhoeven] demonstrates his penchant for startling visuals, explicit sex, and graphic violence, though his intelligent direction is anything but careless or irresponsible."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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