Ora, Paul Verhoeven di sicuro non resterà nella storia come il più grande regista di tutti i tempi, però quando si tratta di narrare crudeltà e nefandezze sa(peva) il fatto suo.
Un paio d'anni prima di RoboCop scrisse e diresse un film d'ambientazione storica: L'Amore E Il Sangue. Anno 1501, da qualche parte in Europa: un gruppo di mercenari aiutano un signorotto a riconquistare il proprio castello, col risultato netto di finire fregati dal proprio capitano, in conbutta col simpatico castellano.
Scacciati senza paga dopo la vittoria, i reietti si fanno guidare da Rutger Hauer (non lo seguireste in capo al mondo?!?! ) che, dopo un bizzarro ritrovamento, pare venir protetto da una statua di San Martino.
Riusciranno ad ottenere una temporanea vendetta, rapinando il sovrano traditore e rapendo la promessa sposa di suo figlio.
Dopo un primo tempo un po' sguaiato, il gruppo riesce a conquistare un castello, dove si barricano cercando di resistere agli attacchi del loro vecchio datore di lavoro, che - sorpresa-sorpresa - non ha gradito rapina+rapimento. A questo punto entra in scena la cara vecchia peste e fioccano le barbarie da ambo le parti.
Forse si eccede un po' coi MacGyver-ismi del giovane innamorato, ma viene tutto compensato dalla superba crudeltà della ragazza, una ottima e giovanissima Jennifer Jason Leigh, che concede anche qualche breve scena di nudo (integrale incluso, anche se a campo largo).
Voto: 8 (o quasi).
Regista: Paul Verhoeven
Scrittore: Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner
Genere: Sci-Fi, Action, Crime
Valutazione: 7.1/10 (17871 voti)
Durata: 102 min
- Peter Weller .... Officer Alex J. Murphy/RoboCop
- Nancy Allen .... Officer Anne Lewis
- Dan O'Herlihy .... The Old Man (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
- Ronny Cox .... Dick Jones
- Kurtwood Smith .... Clarence Boddicker
- Miguel Ferrer .... Bob Morton
- Robert DoQui .... Sergeant Warren Reed
- Ray Wise .... Leon Nash
- Felton Perry .... Johnson
- Paul McCrane .... Emil Antonowsky
Detroit - in the future - is crime ridden, and run by a massive company. The company have developed a huge crime fighting robot, which unfortunately develops a rather dangerous glitch. The company sees a way to get back in favour with the public when a cop called Alex Murphy is killed by a street gang. Murphys body is reconstructed within a steel shell and named Robocop. The Robocop is very successful against criminals, and becomes a target of supervillian Boddicker.
Trivia random: Director Cameo: ['Paul Verhoeven' ] dancing in the disco, looking into the camera, when Leon is arrested.
Leigh, Jennifer Jason
Nome di battesimo: Morrow, Jennifer Lee
Data di nascita: 5 February 1962
Altezza: 5' 3" (1.60 m)
Coniuge: Noah Baumbach::(3 September 2005 - present)
- America (2006) .... [attrice]
- Easter Sunday (2005) .... Mother [attrice]
- The Jacket (2005) .... Dr. Lorenson [attrice]
- Lymelife (2005) .... Brenda Bartlett [attrice]
- The Machinist: Breaking the Rules (2005) (V) .... (special thanks) [misc]
- Rag Tale (2005) .... Mary Josephine 'MJ' Morton [attrice]
- Childstar (2004) .... Suzanne Burns [attrice]
- El Maquinista (2004) .... Stevie [attrice]
- Palindromes (2004) .... 'Mark' Aviva Victor [attrice]
- In the Cut (2003) .... Pauline [attrice]
Born in Los Angeles, California, USA, Jennifer worked in her first film at the age of 9, in a nonspeaking role for the film Death Of A Stranger (Tod eines Fremden (1973)). At 14, she attended summer acting workshops given by Lee Strasberg and landed a role in the Disney TV movie The Young Runaways (1978) (TV), and received her Screen Actors Guild membership in a Baretta episode at 16. Jennifer performed in several TV-movies and dropped out of Pacific Palisades High School six weeks short of graduation for her major role in the film Eyes of a Stranger (1981). Her first major success came as the female lead in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982).
Trivia random: In 1997, she appeared in Faith No More's music video of "Last Cup of Sorrow," the plot of which was a modification of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958).
Citazione random: "I like the comparison to Depp because with him, the way he transforms himself from role to role, he's just this miraculous changeling and people really get behind it. But with me, people sometimes have a problem."
Flesh & Blood (1985)
Regista: Paul Verhoeven
Scrittore: Gerard Soeteman, Paul Verhoeven
Genere: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Valutazione: 6.4/10 (2337 voti)
Durata: 126 min
Paese: Spain, USA, Netherlands
- Rutger Hauer .... Martin
- Jennifer Jason Leigh .... Agnes
- Tom Burlinson .... Steven
- Jack Thompson .... Hawkwood
- Fernando Hilbeck .... Arnolfini
- Susan Tyrrell .... Celine
- Ronald Lacey .... Cardinal
- Brion James .... Karsthans
- John Dennis Johnston .... Summer
- Simón Andreu .... Miel
A band of medieval mercenaries take revenge on a noble lord who decides not to pay them by kidnapping the betrothed of the noble's son. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction throughout the land, the mercenaries hole up in a castle and await their fate.
Trivia random: Director Trademark: [Paul Verhoeven] [religious imagery] Martin's group idolize the statue of a saint, which "points" them the way forward. In one shot, Martin appears to have a halo over his head.
Verhoeven, Paul (I)
Data di nascita: 18 July 1938
Coniuge: Martine Verhoeven::(7 April 1967 - present) 3 children
- Beast of Bataan (2006) .... [regista]
- Zwartboek (2006) .... [scrittore]
- Starship Troopers (2005) (VG) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (2004) (V) .... (special thanks) [misc]
- Broadcast (2002) .... (special thanks) [misc]
- Hollow Man (2000) .... [regista]
- "Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles" (1999) .... [produttore]
- Starship Troopers (1997) .... [regista]
- Showgirls (1995) .... (also as Jan Jansen: edited television version) [regista]
- Basic Instinct (1992) .... [regista]
Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969 he directed the popular Dutch TV series "Floris", about a medieval knight. This featured actor Rutger Hauer who has appeared in many of Verhoeven's later films. Verhoeven's first feature, "Wat Zien Ik?" (trans. "What do I See?"), was released in 1971. However it was his second, "Turks Fruit", with its combination of raw sexuality and a poignant story line, that gained him great popularity in the Netherlands, especially with male audiences. When his films, especially "Soldaat van Oranje" and "De Vierde Man", received international recognition, Verhoeven moved to the US. His first US film was "Flesh + Blood", 1985, but it was "Robocop" and especially "Total Recall" that made him a big box office success. Sometimes accused of portraying excessive violence in his films, Verhoeven replies that he is only recording the violence of society. Verhoeven has co-scripted two of his films: "Soldaat van Oranje" and "Flesh + Blood". He also directed an episode of the HBO "Hitchhiker" TV series. Several of his films have been photographed by Jost Vacano including the hit cult film "Starship Troopers" starring Casper Van Dien.
Trivia random: Became the first person in history to actually show up at the Razzie Awards. Where he personally accepted his Worst Director "award" for Showgirls (1995).
Citazione random: "As a director, my goal is to be completely open. Just look at how I portray sex in my films. They're considered shocking and obscene because I like to carefully examine human sexuality. It has to be realistic. I really like documentaries, therefore, reality is important to me when I do fiction. It is often related to my own life, my Dutch background. The art scene in Holland has always attempted to be realistic. The Dutch painters of four hundred years ago were meticulously realistic. The example I always like to use is a marvelous painting by Hieronymus Bosch titled 'The Prodigal Son'. It is a painting of a brothel, and in the corner is a man pissing against a wall. You would never, never find something like that in an Italian, French, or English painting of that epoch. The Dutch have always been more scientific, interested in detail; certainly less idealistic and more realistic. The sex scenes in 'The Fourth Man' and 'Turkish Delight' were based on real experiences I had or a friend had. It's very personal. Of course, I must admit that I love to shock audiences."
Nome di battesimo: Hauer, Rutger Oelsen
Data di nascita: 23 January 1944
Altezza: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
Coniuge: Inece Tencate::(22 November 1985 - present) 1 child, ?::(? - ?) (divorced) 1 child
- 7eventy 5ive (2006) .... Detective Criton [attore]
- Mentor (2006) .... Sanford Pollard [attore]
- Tonight at Noon (2006) .... [attore]
- Batman Begins (2005) .... Earle [attore]
- Dracula III: Legacy (2005) (V) .... Dracula [attore]
- The Hunt for Eagle One (2005) (V) .... Gen. Frank Lewis [attore]
- Minotaur (2005) .... Cyrnan [attore]
- Moving McAllister (2005) .... McAllister [attore]
- The Poseidon Adventure (2005) (TV) .... Bishop Schmidt [attore]
- Sin City (2005) .... Cardinal Roark [attore]
Blonde, blue-eyed, tall and handsome Dutch actor Rutger Hauer has an international reputation for playing everything from romantic leads to action heroes to sinister villains. The son of actors, Hauer was born in Breukelen Holland. Because his parents were often touring, Hauer and his three sisters were raised by a nanny. A bit of a rebel during his childhood, he chafed at the rules and rigors of school and was often getting into mischief. His grandfather had been the captain of a schooner, and at age 15, Hauer ran away to work on a freighter for a year. Like his great-grandfather, Hauer is color-blind, which prevented him from furthering his career as a sailor. Upon his return, he attended night school and started working in the construction industry. When he again bombed at school, his parents enrolled him in drama classes. Fancying himself a poet, Hauer spent most of his time writing poetry and hanging out in Amsterdam coffee houses instead of studying. He got expelled for poor attendance and afterward spent a brief time in the Dutch Navy. Deciding he didn't like military life, Hauer convinced his superiors that he was mentally unfit and was sent to a special home for psych patients. It was an unpleasant place, but Hauer remained there until he convinced his ranking officers that the military really did not need him.
Trivia random: Both his first and last name end with the letters "er". He has appeared in 13 movies/TV-series whose title or alternative title end with "er" or "ers". He has played 8 characters whose names end with "er".
Citazione random: "I don't know what the appeal is. I can see I've got blue eyes and I don't look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame but I can't understand the fuss."