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Old 07-24-19, 11:22 AM
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RIP Rutger Hauer

He died on July 19, age 75. His performance in Blade Runner made the movie.
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Old 07-24-19, 12:01 PM
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Old 07-24-19, 12:02 PM
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Old 07-25-19, 04:56 AM
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A bit of a shame he never got his Dutch accent under control and was limited to playing certain roles in Hollywood movies, a bit of a curse of his generation. He started his career as the medieval noble man Floris in the television series Floris, directed by the bold but very inexperienced Verhoeven who went 300% over budget. Originally it was supposed to be Floris and Sindala, a fakir from India who was his best and more wise and calm friend. But the camera was drawn to Hauer so much that Sindala became a more supporting role and the series was aired as just 'Floris', making him into a star.

As this is a bike forum, here's an iconic scene from an early Paul Verhoeven movie with Hauer cycling:
That movie 'Turkish Delight', also by Verhoeven with Hauer as the main male actor, is still by far the biggest blockbuster in Dutch history, with more than a quarter of the total population watching it in the cinema at that time. Which is quite remarkable because it's a very grim, sad, experimental and pornographic movie. It's hard to think of any actor that could have pulled off that role and lifted it to such an (locally) iconic movie.
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Wow, excellent Dutch product placement! (still shot from video linked above).




Seems like Hauer always played Nazi officers and evil villains in the films I saw him in. He had quite a career, had no idea he was in his 70's. I will always remember him best as "John Tanner" in Sam Peckinpah's The Osterman Weekend.


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Old 07-25-19, 08:05 AM
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The death scene in Blade Runner is iconic, but I always thought it was a bit over-wrought, over-dramatic. One of my favorite movie quotes of all time is in that movie, but does not involve Hauer.

So instead, I'll post my second favorite quote from that movie:

"If only you could see what I've seen with your eyes."

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After Blade Runner, this is the RH movie that comes to my mind.

John Ryder: That guy back there, the one we just passed. The guy who picked me up before you did.Jim Halsey: That was him in there?John Ryder: Sure it was. He couldn't have walked very far.Jim Halsey: Why's that?John Ryder: Because I cut off his legs...and his arms...and his Head. And I'm going to do the same to you.
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Originally Posted by Stadjer View Post
A bit of a shame he never got his Dutch accent under control and was limited to playing certain roles in Hollywood movies, a bit of a curse of his generation. He started his career as the medieval noble man Floris in the television series Floris, directed by the bold but very inexperienced Verhoeven who went 300% over budget.
The Dutch movie with Rutger Hauer that my wife and I really like is Soldier of Orange. I've had the subtitled VCR tape in NTSC mode since the early 80's and recently bought the DVD version mode also subtitled in English which includes a commentary in English by the director Paul Verhoeven.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soldier_of_Orange

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Old 07-26-19, 06:48 AM
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
The Dutch movie with Rutger Hauer that my wife and I really like is Soldier of Orange. I've had the subtitled VCR tape in NTSC mode since the early 80's and recently bought the DVD version mode also subtitled in English which includes a commentary in English by the director Paul Verhoeven.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soldier_of_Orange

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That's not only also an iconic movie here, but on top of that it has been aired every year before memorial day and liberation day, for a very long time. I'm so familiar with it and probably all of it's scenes for so long that it's hard to judge as a movie. I guess it's more balanced and well rounded than Turkish Delight, and more 'family friendly', but less of a groundbreaking slap in the face. It was quite a talented bunch, Verhoeven, Hauer, De Bondt and a few others who didn't make it in Hollywood, but they had a lot of balls too.

In Soldier of Orange the guts weren't in typical Verhoeven shocking scenes, unsettling values and layers of cynicism and satire, but probably in making a big effects Hollywood style WWII film. This was a logistical nightmare and a huge financial risk because of the costs and it's small potential audience, it basically had to be a once in a decade blockbuster not to be a financial failure. And then he comes up with this (real) story full of queen and country patriottism, in a time when the royalty was extremely unpopular and challenged, patriottism suspect and there was already saturation with WWII histories, a hero war story when pacifism was rampant and with well off arrogant frat boy hero's from this specific kind of elitist student association that barely survived the contempt from society it met in the 70's. There's no doubt this student associaton LSV Minerva (Verhoeven was a member himself, just like the current king, a few current ministers as usual, important CEO's and probably quite a few Bilderbergers) was 'right in the war', but in the 70's it was seen as questionable at best. So the movie might look quite mainstream and a (very well crafted and intelligent) crowd pleaser today, I think when it came out it was going against the mainstream of that time and place and was provocative and a risk.
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