Pietje Bell

Maria Peters Feature film - 2002 - 114 min.

Gouden Kalf winner

Beste Production Design

Other prizes

Platina Film (400.000 bezoekers speelfilm)

Gouden Film (100.000 bezoekers speelfilm)

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After the success of Kruimeltje, Peters adapted yet another book by former schoolteacher Chris van Abcoude. The youth film is based on the first five books in the Pietje Bell series. It tells the story of the legendary rascal, a nine-year-old lad from Rotterdam in the 1920s. The sympathetic cobbler's son is a boy with a heart of gold, but his foolish pranks really raise hell among the city-dwellers. An ailing newspaper manages to increase its circulation by putting every prank on its front page. This gives Pietje a couple of friends, like the penniless Sproet, but also some enemies, like the sneaky chemist's son, who is secretly in love with his sister. When recession strikes, Pietje takes a job as a newspaper boy and collects donations for his own circus. By chance, he gets on the track of a gang of thieves. Nobody believes him; even Sproet lets him down. Then, Pietje decides to go underground. From now on, people will have to deal with the Gang of the Black Hand.


Director(s) Maria Peters
Script Maria Peters
Producer(s) Dave Schram
Hans Pos
Production Company
Sytze van der Laan
Mignon Huisman
Executive Producer
Director of Photography
Hein Groot
Production Design
Benedict Schillemans
Stefan Korte
Sound on Set
René van den Berg
TV Company
Production Country