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Paul Verhoeven

Paul Verhoeven headshot


Date of Birth:18 July 1938, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Height:5' 8" (1.73 m)

Trademarks:Famous for his extremely violent, yet intelligent, science fiction films (RoboCop (1987), Total Recall (1990), Starship Troopers (1997) and Hollow Man (2000)). Frequently works with screenwriter Gerard Soeteman (on his Dutch films), photographer Jost Vacano, and Rutger Hauer (Turks fruit (1973), Keetje Tippel (1975), Soldaat van Oranje (1977), Spetters (1980) and Flesh+Blood (1985)). A lot of his films include media coverage of some kind, ranging from real archive footage (Soldaat van Oranje (1977) ) to fictional news (RoboCop (1987), Total Recall (1990), Starship Troopers (1997)) and sportscasts (Spetters (1980)). Heavy use of Christian symbolism (Turks fruit (1973),Spetters (1980), De vierde man (1983), Flesh+Blood (1985), RoboCop (1987), Basic Instinct (1992) ) Sexually-charged subject matter (Turks fruit (1973), Basic Instinct (1992), Showgirls (1995) and Zwartboek (2006)). His films usually have the two main antagonists hostile to each other (Dick Jones and Clarence Boddicker in RoboCop (1987), Cohaagen and Richter in Total Recall (1990), Catherine Trammel and Beth Garner, the two main suspects in Basic Instinct (1992), who were possibly framing each other and Ludwig Muntze and Gunther Franken in Zwartboek (2006)) Use of Nazi symbolism/imagery. Examples: The characters played by Kurtwood Smith in Robocop and Neil Patrick Harris in Starship Troopers are patterned after Heimrich Himler of Hitler's SS. The society of Earth in Starship Troopers is patterned after Nazi Germany. Strong visual style with heavy use of special effects


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Directed By: Paul Verhoeven Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte...
Released in UK cinemas Friday 10th March 2017 Age Rating: 18 Runtime: 130 mins Language: French Next Showing: Unknown

You Don't Nomi

Directed By: Jeffrey McHale Starring: Elizabeth Berkley, Jeffrey Conway...
Released in UK cinemas Friday 12th June 2020 Age Rating: TBC Runtime: 92 mins Language: English Next Showing: Unknown

Total Recall

Directed By: Paul Verhoeven Starring: Marshall Bell, Dean Norris, Michael Ironside...
Released in UK cinemas Friday 4th December 2020 Age Rating: 18 Runtime: 113 mins Language: English Next Showing: Unknown


Directed By: Paul Verhoeven Starring: Clotilde Courau, Daphne Patakia...
Releasing in UK cinemas Friday 25th March 2022 Age Rating: TBC Language: Unknown
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