5.8/10
1,206
12 user 10 critic

De brief voor de koning (2008)

The medieval quest of sixteen-year old Tiuri, who risks his future as a Knight to fulfill a promise, and in so doing discovers adventure, honor, valor and love.

Director:

Pieter Verhoeff

Writers:

Tonke Dragt (novel), Maarten Lebens (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

As Cheryl's husband continues to ogle other women and Claire's daughter and grandson leave, the ladies decide they deserve a trip to Paris.

Director: Will Koopman
Stars: Linda de Mol, Susan Visser, Tjitske Reidinga
Rundfunk (TV Series 2015)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Rundfunk is an absurd, horrendously funny and shamelessly politically incorrect high school comedy about two best friends, Tim and Erik, who spend their time trying to do as little as possible during their final year at high school.

Stars: Yannick van de Velde, Tom van Kalmthout, Kees Hulst
Furious (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

The story is about Sven a boy who gets beaten and bullied at home because his father favors his brother over him. Sven goes to school and tries to hide his bruises. When his crush sees them... See full summary »

Director: Dave Schram
Stars: Abbey Hoes, Ko Zandvliet, Mingus Dagelet
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Follows four friends who all experience struggles in their relationships and broken hearts.

Director: Will Koopman
Stars: Linda de Mol, Tjitske Reidinga, Susan Visser
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After giving birth to her first child, a happily married woman sees her picture-perfect life spiral out of control.

Director: Antoinette Beumer
Stars: Carice van Houten, Marcel Hensema, Waldemar Torenstra
Love Is All (2007)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The bumpy love lives of four Amsterdam couples intersect during the days leading up to Dutch national holiday Sinterklaas.

Director: Joram Lürsen
Stars: Michiel Romeyn, Thomas Acda, Anneke Blok
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The Price Of Sugar tells the alternately gripping, romantic and heart-wrenching story of Sarith and Mini-Mini as they grow up on the sugar plantations of Suriname in the latter half of the ... See full summary »

Director: Jean van de Velde
Stars: Gaite Jansen, Neil Sandilands, Benja Bruijning
De Marathon (2012)
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After finding out that they have a debt of EUR40.000 with the tax service, four very out-of-shape men working at a car shop start to train for a marathon, in which they can win the money to pay the debt.

Director: Diederick Koopal
Stars: Stefan de Walle, Martin van Waardenberg, Marcel Hensema
Oorlogswinter (2008)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, a teenage boy gets involved in the Dutch Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded RAF pilot.

Director: Martin Koolhoven
Stars: Martijn Lakemeier, Jamie Campbell Bower, Yorick van Wageningen
Sint (2010)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A horror film that depicts St. Nicholas as a murderous bishop who kidnaps and murders children when there is a full moon on December 5.

Director: Dick Maas
Stars: Egbert Jan Weeber, Bert Luppes, Caro Lenssen
The Dinner (2013)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Two well-to-do couples with plenty to lose have dinner to discuss the gruesome act their teenage sons may or may not have committed together.

Director: Menno Meyjes
Stars: Thekla Reuten, Daan Schuurmans, Jonas Smulders
Family Way (2012)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Finding themselves at a crossroads in their tumultuous lives, the members of a daftly dysfunctional family struggle to sort out their hopes, fears and expectations.

Director: Joram Lürsen
Stars: Carice van Houten, Thijs Römer, Benja Bruijning
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yannick van de Velde ... Tiuri
Quinten Schram ... Piak
Rüdiger Vogler ... Koning Unauwen / Menaures
Lars Rudolph ... Slupor
Victor Reinier ... Ristridin
Daan Schuurmans ... Bendoe
Raymond Thiry ... Tiuri de Dappere
Derek de Lint ... Koning Dagonaut
Gijs Scholten van Aschat ... Edwinem
Kees Boot ... Jaro
Hans Dagelet ... Warmin
Michiel Romeyn ... Roverhoofdman
Uwe Ochsenknecht ... Rafox
Steven Stavast ... Broeder Martijn
Jeroen Willems ... Tolheer
Edit

Storyline

Thiuri is nearly a knight. He only has to complete one test and he will be knighted. He only has to wake one night in the chapel without talking and without opening the door. Then someone knocks at the door of the chapel and asks for help. Risking his knighthood Tiuri opens the door and helps the guy asking for help. Tiuri has to deliver a letter to a knight in the forest which contains an important message for a befriended king. When Tiuri finds the knight, the knight is deadly wounded and asks Tiuri to deliver the letter. Tiuri hesitates, but accepts the mission. The adventure begins.... Will Tiuri deliver the letter on time? And what does the letter say? Written by Remko de Keijzer

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

knight | letter | sword | ritual | kneeling | See All (10) »

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Netherlands]

Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

16 July 2008 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Carta para el rey See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

EUR6,750,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,751,519
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

When Tiuri is riding out of the King's forest, after getting the letter, in the overhead shot he is riding on an asphalt road. See more »

Crazy Credits

Even though the language spoken in the movie is Dutch and the production companies are also Dutch, the cast credits at the end of the movie are in English. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Making of 'De brief voor de koning' (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Bloodless and boring
21 April 2017 | by facebook-383-422257See all my reviews

The original Tonke Dragt children's book was one of my favorites as a child. Having recently read the book to my own children, I discovered that it hasn't quite stood the test of time: slow, sometimes contrived, with stilted dialogue and sexist tendencies to make Tolkien proud. How fortunate, then, that a movie was made; what an excellent opportunity to reinvent the story while still staying true to the source material, like Peter Jackson did with Lord of the Rings.

No such luck.

Brief voor de Koning as a film is rooted firmly in the Dutch tradition of shameless mediocrity. The screenplay includes most crucial scenes from the book, but presents them in a bloodless, uninspired sequence, completely draining what little tension the original story carried. The acting is community theater level and worse, the entire cast delivering badly written lines with wooden expressions and clumsy body language. Direction, production, and even camera work and lighting were so bad I began to notice them.

Dutch film critics and moviegoers alike have a tendency to embrace Dutch products and grant them an extra star (on a five-star scale) or two for effort and out of misplaced chauvinism. This is the only explanation I can think of for the 5.8 on IMDb. Even the four I gave this atrocity feels too high.

My kids loved it, though.


1 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 12 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed