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Turkish Delight [1973] [DVD]

Rutger Hauer , Monique Van de Ven , Paul Verhoeven    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rutger Hauer, Monique Van de Ven, Tonny Huurdeman, Wim van den Brink, Hans Boskamp
  • Directors: Paul Verhoeven
  • Producers: Rob Houwer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Dutch
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 27 May 2002
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000649JE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,291 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Although the confectionary does make an appearance at the end of the film, Turkish Delight, as a title, may be interpreted in a number of ways. This violent tale of love is told in flashback from the perspective of bohemian artist Eric Vonk (Rutger Hauer, collaborating for the first time with director Paul Verhoeven). Opening on a brutal attack and then a succession of one-night stands, it seems at first that the guy's a complete jerk. Then a sudden lurch backwards two years reveals the motivations for both his dreams and behaviour, as well as the subject of the photos he spends his time pining for. He meets Olga (a fantastic Monique Van De Ven) as the result of a car accident. But their tempestuous relationship is shaken by many peculiar events: a surreal wedding ceremony, unveiling a statue to the Queen and the death of Olga's father. The real problem is Olga herself, however, which leads to a shock ending many have compared to Love Story.

Somewhat dated now, and made long before his move to Hollywood, Turkish Delight is nonetheless unmistakably a product of the now-familiar Verhoeven style. The film's language and images still have the power to shock or offend, and we certainly get to see far too much of Hauer's private parts, even though some amazing visuals (mirrored candles, inspired beach art and a nightmarish red Chinese restaurant) are some compensation. --Paul Tonks

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Attempting to forget the love he had with a young woman, sculptor Erik (Rutger Hauer) embarks upon a series of love affairs which are destructive to both him and the objects of his desire. When he meets the intense and adventurous Olga (Monique Van de Ven), Erik feels that he has met his match and the pair decide to get married - with tragic and unforseen results. Directed by Paul Verhoeven ('Robocop', 'Basic Instinct'), 'Turkish Delight' was one of the biggest hits in the history of Dutch cinema.

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars shocking and tender 10 Mar 2006
I saw this film for the first time when it came out in 1973 in Amsterdam. Seeing it again after 30 odd years: I was a bit shocked by the sexual roughness and explicity and moved at the same time by the physical and emotional tenderness. Rutger Hauer en Monique van de Ven are so beautiful together, I was very moved by their acting. The music by Rogier van Otterloo, with Toots Thielemans playing mouthorgan is breathtakingly beautiful. This film is a timepiece not to be missed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Darcy
A beautiful film which, I watched during my University days and whose heart-breaking ending still lingers long in my memory. Rutger Hauer plays bohemian artist Eric Vonk, who falls for the striking Olga, played wonderfully by Monique Van De Ven, their romance blossoms, yet due to the unpredictable nature of the human mind, they slowly start to drift apart... the rest I shall leave to your imagination.

If you have not seen Rutger Hauer play a romantic lead role, then I urge you to watch this film and appreciate the wonderful and strong performances by the two leading characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting 2 May 2010
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having followed Rutger Hauer's career, every so often you hear about a film that was never released on American shore's.
so, you keep an ear out, and you search, and you finally obtain said title, every character that Hauer portray's adds to his
technique. i can only hope that he keeps adding different roles to his acting.
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