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Turkish Delight

1973 Dutch film directed by Paul Verhoeven

Turkish Delight

Released 22 February 1973 (50 years, 8 months ago)

Director Paul Verhoeven
Duration 107 minutes
Awards Golden Calf for Best Feature Film
Genre romance film, drama film and film adaptation
Nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Composer Rogier van Otterloo
Country of origin Netherlands
Screenwriter Gerard Soeteman
Producer Rob Houwer

About Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight (Dutch: Turks fruit) is a 1973 Dutch film directed by Paul Verhoeven and filmed by Jan de Bont. The film is a love story of an artist and a young woman, starring Rutger Hauer and Monique van de Ven. The story is based on the novel Turks fruit by Jan Wolkers.

Turkish Delight is the most successful film of Dutch cinema. The film was a massive success at the Dutch box office: according to Alle Record, 3,338,000 people saw the film, while the Netherlands Film Festival puts it at 3,5 million, corresponding to about 26% of the population of the Netherlands at the time. In 1973 it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and in 1999 it received a special Golden Calf Award for Best Dutch Film of the Century. It was entered into the Canon of Dutch Cinema in 2007. In 2005 a musical version of Turks fruit was made starring Antonie Kamerling and Jelka van Houten.

Cast and crew

Cast and crew listed below. See if you can find out who is who from the stats below.


99 years, 8 months, 25 days


38 years, 5 months, 20 days

Born first

13 May 1922

Died first

2 May 1990

Born last

28 July 1952

Died last

8 January 2022