De Schorpioen (1984)

Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - Netherlands  |  
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In this well-executed political thriller, some covert operations are going on that accidentally involve a Dutch trucker who realizes that an identity switch has led to murder. Loe Wolff (Peter Tuinman), a divorced father whose ex-family lives in New York, drives a truck in a dead-end job and sees no immediate relief to his dull life. When he gambles away some money that belongs to his boss, he tries to sell one of the trucks so he can hop a plane to New York -- and is caught by the very boss he wants to escape. Instead of condemning him, the boss asks if Loe would trade his passport for that of another man, and if so, then his transgression will be overlooked. It seems a Hungarian has to be smuggled out of his country, and Loe's passport would do the trick. The trucker agrees, but later discovers that his truck has been demolished in an accident and its driver (with Loe's passport) was burnt beyond recognition. Instead of dropping the subject, Loe starts to investigate and along the way, meets Anna (Monique Van De Ven), an attractive woman bored with her life. One narrow escape follows another, challenging Loe's resolve to continue investigating.

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boredom, divorce, identity-switch, investigation, murder, smuggling, truckdriver