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by Steven de Jong


When conditions are right an infamous ice-skating race is held in the north of the Netherlands. The 200 km race must be completed by midnight and everyone who finishes receives a medal. This film is based on the true facts of the fateful day in 1963 when, due to plunging temperatures and rough terrain, thousands of skaters suffered frostbite and shocking injuries. Only a small number would cross the finish-line, but for those who did, it was to be a lifechanging event!

international title: The Hell of ‘63
original title: De hel van '63
country: Netherlands
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Steven de Jong
release date: BE 16/12/2009, NL 17/12/2009
screenplay: Steven de Jong, Maarten Lebens, Jean Ummels
cast: Chris Zegers, Chava voor in ’t Holt, Cas Jansen, Lourens van den Akker, Chantal Janzen, Willeke van Ammelrooij, Tim Douwsma, Cees Geel, Lottie Hellingman
cinematography by: François Perrier
film editing: Sandor Soeteman
producer: Steven de Jong, Klaas de Jong
distributor: Kinepolis Film Distribution, RCV Entertainment (NL)
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