Spetters (1980)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1980
DVD Release Date: November 5, 2002
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Derek Adams
Time Out

Imagine a Mike Leigh film set in Holland with motorbike stunts, packed with authentic action sequences and sexual frankness...

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Remember when Paul Verhoeven made good movies?

Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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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.

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TV Guide

[Verhoeven] demonstrates his penchant for startling visuals, explicit sex, and graphic violence, though his intelligent direction is anything but careless or irresponsible.

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Daniel Mumby
Long before he unleashed his particular brand of filmmaking on an unsuspecting Hollywood, Paul Verhoeven was kicking up a fuss in his native Netherlands with a… More
Walter M.
In "Spetters," Rien(Hans van Tongeren), Eef(Toon Agterberg) and Hans(Maarten Spanjer) are young motorcross enthusiasts who worship the ground that… More