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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2006
I first saw this made for tv movie in the middle 80,s and by chance one of my mates taped it.The tape was passed from mate to mate and became a cult classic with us and we have probably watched it hundreds of times between us.There is great performances from Timothy Spall ,Bill Paterson and Colin Firth amongst others.The story line is set around a boys boarding school hockey trip to Holland with Sandy Mole as the school master in charge.The film is packed full of great one liners,which we still repeat to this day(sad but true)If you are a fan of the great Spall man, this is well worth a buy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2011
DUTCH GIRLS is an enjoyable film, and the description and reviews already posted strike me as pretty accurate. I'd like to add that in the mid-1980s novelist/screenwriter William Boyd also wrote another TV drama of school life, GOOD AND BAD AT GAMES, far darker and more interesting than DUTCH GIRLS (the two scripts were published under the umbrella title SCHOOL TIES). It too got an excellent production, with a particularly memorable performance by Anton Lesser. Issued on VHS in the U.K., GOOD AND BAD AT GAMES has turned up almost complete on YouTube, but really deserves to be issued on DVD.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Hockey players from a Scottish prep school head to Amsterdam for a tournament and the boys, all big talkers but completely inexperienced, expect to make time with the local girls despite the watchful eye of their nerdy chaperone (Bill Paterson). Shy Neil (Colin Firth) finds himself attracted to a lovely young blonde while oafish Lyndon (Timothy Spall) turns out to be the Lothario of the group.

This 1985 film is mainly a chance to see a very young Colin Firth in action. While he's not nearly the heartthrob he would later become, he's still sweet and sympathetic. The action revolves around him, however, and he's often just a spectator. The spotlight is really shared by Paterson as the hilariously strict yet clueless coach and Spall who is quite convincing as a repulsive and slovenly rich kid. James Wilby is also good in a small role.

The script doesn't break any new ground, but it's a pleasant, lightweight film about the trials of growing up that will bring a few smiles.
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on 12 March 2014
It's good and funny in parts but Timothy Spoil 's zany humour was not all that great in some scene's it would not be acceptable for children to see it not one of Colin's best television films I regret to say the other films his made after that decade was a lot better
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on 3 January 2010
Great film, I remember it from years ago. Was a bit expensive but did arrive ion good time and is still funny.
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on 24 October 2014
Great fun to watch again and again.
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on 27 July 2014
Poor quality.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2013
HELP, so badly want to buy this film as brother and I loved it back in the 80's but am not sure if it will work on my DVD player as US import and region 1. What does this mean ?
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
nice quick delivery present for the father and he loves it to bits seem to do all my shopping on amazon these days so nice and easy
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