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Turkish Delight (1973)

Turks fruit (original title)
A young love must struggle against an old problems.

Director:

Paul Verhoeven

Writers:

Gerard Soeteman (screenplay), Jan Wolkers (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Monique van de Ven ... Olga
Rutger Hauer ... Eric
Tonny Huurdeman Tonny Huurdeman ... Moeder
Wim van den Brink Wim van den Brink ... Vader
Hans Boskamp Hans Boskamp ... Winkelchef
Dolf de Vries Dolf de Vries ... Paul
Manfred de Graaf Manfred de Graaf ... Henny
Dick Scheffer Dick Scheffer ... Accountant
Marjol Flore Marjol Flore ... Tineke
Bert Dijkstra Bert Dijkstra ... Functionaris
Bert André Bert André ... Functionaris in Limburg
Jon Bluming Jon Bluming ... Beveiliging
Paul Brandenburg Paul Brandenburg ... Bruidegom
Suze Broks Suze Broks ... Eric's One night stand (as Suzie Broks)
David Conyers David Conyers ... Amerikaan
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Storyline

Sort of a cross between "Love Story" and an earthy Rembrandt painting, this movie stars Rutger Hauer as a gifted Dutch sculptor who has a stormy, erotic, and star-crossed romance with a beautiful young girl. The story follows the arc of their relationship and his interaction with her family. Told in flashback form, initially Hauer is seen as a libertine lothario collector, taking trophies from his sexual conquests and pasting them in a book. He sees a sculpture he made of his lost lover and goes into a flashback of his relationship with his wife. He meets the girl, falls in love with/marries her, and we meet her parents: a charming, well meaning, bumbling father, and his shrew of a wife, who's convinced Hauer's too much of a bohemian to make a good mate for her daughter. Eventually, the petty jealousies, the sexual hijinks, and the climactic vomit scene prove too much for the marriage, and sculptor and his lady fair separate. Flash forward several months, and Hauer finds the girl back... Written by <cfidalgo@intrex.net>

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Taglines:

This is the indulgence of passion

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch | English

Release Date:

27 September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eric and Olga See more »

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Budget:

NLG 800,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was actually Paul Verhoeven's third attempt to adapt a work from Jan Wolkers. The first time, in 1967, he asked permission to make 'Serpentina's Petticoat', but Wolkers thought that Verhoeven's story treatment had strayed too far from the source material. The second time, in 1970, Verhoeven wanted to adapt 'Turks Fruit', and asked Wolkers to write the screenplay himself. Because the intended producer Gijs Versluys had already requested a budget, they had to produce a screenplay within three days. However, after a 24-hour attempt at writing, Wolkers was not satisfied with his screenplay, and tore it up, with Verhoeven and Versluijs desperately trying to save the shreds. It wasn't until 1971, after producer Rob Houwer got involved and Wolkers had approved of screenwriter Gerard Soeteman, that he agreed to sell the rights to the book. See more »

Goofs

During the thunderstorm, when Eric is walking towards Olga who is standing outside in the rain, the reflection of a spotlight providing "lightning" can be seen on the surface of the door. See more »

Quotes

Eric Vonk: I screw better than God.
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Connections

Referenced in Toen was geluk heel gewoon: Turks fruit (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Meisjes met rode haren
(uncredited)
Written by Manfred Oberdörffer (uncredited) & Hans Georg Moslener (uncredited)
Dutch lyrics by Pim van Zijl (uncredited)
Performed by Arne Jansen (uncredited)
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What a delight indeed
12 January 2017 | by NestorNestorSee all my reviews

Paul Verhoeven is known as provocative filmmaker who likes to create daring visual images. He's mostly known by his Hollywood films with unsteady quality. 'Turkish Delight' was Verhoevens first hit in Netherlands and was voted as best Dutch film of the century. With the very first minutes Verhoeven manages to disturb the viewer and unsuspecting viewer can even start to think - what I just got myself into? Very bold depiction of sex and sexuality doesn't seem forced and even the small bursts of intense violence don't stand out from the rest of the film as some bright (or dark) spots.

'Turkish Delight' is heartwarming and heartbreaking love story between free spirited Olga (Monique van de Ven) and care free sculptor Eric (Rutger Hauer). Both main stars have such a chemistry between them that nothing seems to forced. Their relationship seems as natural as sunshine in Florida (or rain in London).

Very few directors are capable of making such warm films with provocative aplomb and Verhoeven is master at this game.


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