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Spetters, a Dutch film released in 1980 directed by Paul Verhoeven.

Spetters led to many protests across the board about the caricatural manner in which Verhoeven portrayed gays, Christians, the police, the press and more. Although Verhoeven made one more film in the Netherlands, it was the response to Spetters that led to his leaving the Netherlands for the more liberal film culture of the Hollywood of that day.

The careers of Maarten Spanjer and Renee Soutendijk were launched by this film, but it did not do much for the other young lead actors, and Hans van Tongeren finally committed suicide in 1982.



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