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GRIJPSTRA EN DE GIER
1979

poster

Film

Director:

Wim Verstappen

Language:
Dutch

Running Time: 86'

Main Cast :
Rutger Hauer - Rinus de Gier
Rijk de Gooyer - Grijpstra
Tom van Beek - Chief Inspector
Willeke van Ammelrooy - Costanze
Marina de Graaf - Helen
Frederick de Groot - Cardozo
Marjan Berk - Mrs. Grijpstra
Joekie Broedelet - Meisje Verboom
Paula Cambach - Sientje
Sacco van der Made - Costanze's Father
Connie Renoir - Costanze's Mother
Donald Jones - Habberdoedas van Meteren
Hilly Ruardy - Treesje

Screenplay:
Wim Verstappen from short stories by Jan Willem van de Wetering

Plot:
Two Amsterdam detectives have a murder to solve - 'a corpse on a piece of string in a building which houses a mysterious Oriental sect'.
Although the film has been based on a detective story, the actual detection is not the main interest. What matters is the daily lives of the two detectives. For one of them (Grijpstra) that boils down to the routine existence of a long-married man. For the other (De Gier) it is the exciting life of a bachelor.

They go out into the city together and are confronted with such well-known problems as the taking of heroin, Chinese smugglers and the closed homosexual circuit.
Grijpstra and De Gier react lightheartedly to all this and enjoy life with one joke after the other.

Their philosophy is simple: there are upperdogs and underdogs, and it's better to be with the former rather than with the latter. And if it doesn't always work out as easily as this, well, there is always the set of drums in Grijpstra's office.

Notes:
Jan Willem van de Wetering used to be a policeman working for the Amsterdam Police Department, then he started writing about his experiences, and his novels became best-sellers in the Netherlands.

The film premiere took place in The Netherlands in September 1979.

The covers of two Dutch magazines

A page from an article appeared in the “Premiere” magazine

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