Spetters (English translation: Splashes) is a Dutch film released in 1980 and directed by Paul Verhoeven. The film follows the lives of three young men who have little in common but their love for dirt-bike racing. Set on the outskirts of Rotterdam, the film depicts three characters who are hoping to escape a dead-end, working-class existence.


Two young motocross racers, Rien (Hans van Tongeren) and Hans (Maarten Spanjer), and their mechanic, Eef (Toon Agterberg), dream of fame, fortune and loose women. Their hero is legendary motocross champion Gerrit Witkamp (Rutger Hauer), who fuels their competitive drives. The lives of the racers are changed when they meet a young seductress named Fientje (Renée Soutendijk). Eventually, she makes the three men face the reality of success, defeat and homosexuality.

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    contentLocation Netherlands
    director Paul Verhoeven
    editor Ine Schenkkan
    genre drama
    keywords motocross
    musicBy Ton Scherpenzeel
    producer Joop van den Ende
    theme coming-of-age erotic lgbt-related sports