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Turkish Delight (''Turks Fruit'' in the original Dutch title of the novel and film) is a 1973 film directed by Creator/PaulVerhoeven, based on the similarly-titled novel by Dutch author Creator/JanWolkers. The story is a cross between an EroticFilm and a tragicomic RomanticComedy. The film is notorious for featuring a lot of sex and nudity, just like in the novel. It became an international box office success and it was Verhoeven's breakthrough film that launched his career in the Netherlands and those of lead actors Creator/RutgerHauer and Monique van de Ven.

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Turkish Delight (''Turks Fruit'' in the original Dutch title of the novel and film) is a 1973 film directed by Creator/PaulVerhoeven, based on the similarly-titled novel by Dutch author Creator/JanWolkers.Jan Wolkers. The story is a cross between an EroticFilm and a tragicomic RomanticComedy. The film is notorious for featuring a lot of sex and nudity, just like in the novel. It became an international box office success and it was Verhoeven's breakthrough film that launched his career in the Netherlands and those of lead actors Creator/RutgerHauer and Monique van de Ven.


* FloatingHeadSyndrome: Not on the poster pictures as seen above this [=TvTropes=] page, but [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_Delight_(1973_film)#/media/File:Turkish_Delight_(film).jpg on the DVD cover]]: the two main characters heads are really floating and tacked-onto the background.

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* FloatingHeadSyndrome: Not on the poster pictures picture as seen above this [=TvTropes=] page, but [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_Delight_(1973_film)#/media/File:Turkish_Delight_(film).jpg on the DVD cover]]: the two main characters characters' heads are really floating and tacked-onto the background.


Turkish Delight (''Turks Fruit'' in the original Dutch title of the novel and film) is a 1973 film directed by Creator/PaulVerhoeven, based on the similarly-titled novel by Dutch author Creator/JanWolkers. The story is a cross between an EroticFilm and a tragicomic RomanticComedy. The film is notorious for featuring a lot of sex and nudity--just like in the novel, by the way--and therefore became an international box office success. It was Verhoeven's breakthrough film that launched his career in the Netherlands and those of lead actors Creator/RutgerHauer and Monique van de Ven.

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Turkish Delight (''Turks Fruit'' in the original Dutch title of the novel and film) is a 1973 film directed by Creator/PaulVerhoeven, based on the similarly-titled novel by Dutch author Creator/JanWolkers. The story is a cross between an EroticFilm and a tragicomic RomanticComedy. The film is notorious for featuring a lot of sex and nudity--just nudity, just like in the novel, by the way--and therefore novel. It became an international box office success. It success and it was Verhoeven's breakthrough film that launched his career in the Netherlands and those of lead actors Creator/RutgerHauer and Monique van de Ven.





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* FloatingHeadSyndrome: Not on the poster pictures as seen above this [=TvTropes=] page, but [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_Delight_(1973_film)#/media/File:Turkish_Delight_(film).jpg on the DVD cover]]: the two main characters heads are really floating and tacked-onto the background.


* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: [[spoiler: Olga's brain malfunctions in the hospital and she is never quite the same again. Despite visiting her in the hospital Eric does not get a chance to say goodbye to her because she is mentally unable to understand him. ]]

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* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: [[spoiler: Olga's brain malfunctions in the hospital and she is never quite the same again. Despite visiting her in the hospital Eric does not get a chance to say goodbye to her because she is mentally unable to understand him. ]]]]
* ObnoxiousInLaws:
** A PlayedForDrama, or even Played for Horror, example: Eric's mother-in-law / Olga's mother. She hates Eric (ostensibly, because Eric isn't rich enough to her tastes; but the real reason (especially in the book, where it's more explicit than in the film) is, she doesn't allow Olga any happiness, or to be loved, out of envy), and is actively trying to destroy Eric & Olga's marriage - ultimately, successfully [[note]]Though as noted under TruthInTelevision, Olga's separating Eric in hindsight was even more caused by Olga's behavior changes due to a brain tumor, than to her mother's meddling.[[/note]].
** Inverted for Eric's father-in-law / Olga's fater, who Eric gets along with very well and has lots of fun with (more clearly in the book than in the film), and who also treats Olga much better than her mother.


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* TruthInTelevision: Olga, at a certain point in her up until then happy marriage with Eric, suddenly starts acting weird, erratic and out-of-person - which leads up to Olga separating from Eric. At the end, she turns out to have a brain tumor - and in Real Life, brain tumors are known, if they are located in the frontal lobe, to affect a person's personality and behavior before giving the person physical complaints. The location of the operation scar on Olga's head as shown in the movie, indicates her tumor ''was'' located in the frontal lobe - by FridgeLogic totally explaining her strange behavior.


** In the book, it's made really clear just how much of an abusive mother and wife Olga's mother has been / still is; how much mutual hatred there is between Eric and Olga's mother / his mother-in-law; and how well, in contrast, Eric and Olga's father / his father-in-law ''did'' get along. Because this is mostly left out of the film, the scene at [[spoiler:Olga's father's funeral where Eric [[ImagineSpot imagines]] Olga's father singing along the Radetzky March on his own coffin]], can easily come across as Played for Laughs, or as an Acid Sequence - while in reality, it's really tragic, as the point of it is, that [[spoiler:Olga's mother arranges a funeral service for Olga's father that is not true at to the person he was,]], but is entirely modeled after what [[ItsAllAboutMe Olga's mother herself wants]].

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** In the book, it's made really clear just how much of an abusive mother and wife Olga's mother has been / still is; how much mutual hatred there is between Eric and Olga's mother / his mother-in-law; and how well, well Eric, in contrast, Eric and Olga's father / his father-in-law ''did'' get along. along with Olga's father / his father-in-law. Because this is mostly left out of the film, the scene at [[spoiler:Olga's father's funeral where Eric [[ImagineSpot imagines]] Olga's father singing along the Radetzky March on his own coffin]], can easily come across as Played played for Laughs, laughs, or as an Acid Sequence - while in reality, it's really tragic, as the point of it is, that [[spoiler:Olga's mother arranges a funeral service for Olga's father that is not true at to the person he was,]], was]], but is entirely modeled after what [[ItsAllAboutMe Olga's mother herself wants]].

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** In the book, it's made really clear just how much of an abusive mother and wife Olga's mother has been / still is; how much mutual hatred there is between Eric and Olga's mother / his mother-in-law; and how well, in contrast, Eric and Olga's father / his father-in-law ''did'' get along. Because this is mostly left out of the film, the scene at [[spoiler:Olga's father's funeral where Eric [[ImagineSpot imagines]] Olga's father singing along the Radetzky March on his own coffin]], can easily come across as Played for Laughs, or as an Acid Sequence - while in reality, it's really tragic, as the point of it is, that [[spoiler:Olga's mother arranges a funeral service for Olga's father that is not true at to the person he was,]], but is entirely modeled after what [[ItsAllAboutMe Olga's mother herself wants]].


* AdaptationDistillation: In the book, a major plot point is how Olga's mother had had breast cancer, and undergone a breast amputation, during Olga's youth, which had instilled a phobia for cancer in Olga. This background is left out in the movie. Consequently, a scene early in the movie where Olga totally freaks out screaming "I have cancer!" when seeing she has red poop, and then discovering it is just due to having eaten beets instead of cancer, comes across as played for laughs (and doesn't become harsher in hindsight until she gets a brain tumor at the end of the movie). Knowing the background of the character, and her real fear of cancer, explains a lot about this scene and makes it much harsher.

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In the book, a major plot point is how Olga's mother had had breast cancer, and undergone a breast amputation, during Olga's youth, which had instilled a phobia for cancer in Olga. This background is left out in the movie. Consequently, a scene early in the movie where Olga totally freaks out screaming "I have cancer!" when seeing she has red poop, and then discovering it is just due to having eaten beets instead of cancer, comes across as played for laughs (and doesn't become harsher in hindsight until she gets a brain tumor at the end of the movie). Knowing the background of the character, and her real fear of cancer, explains a lot about this scene and makes it much harsher.harsher.
** Also left out of the movie, as noted under "STDImmunity" below, is any reference to birth control. In the book, in addition to a phobia for cancer she had a phobia for pregnancy, and avoiding pregnancy was a big point in her and Eric's relationship, thus this matter was addressed.

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* AdaptationDistillation: In the book, a major plot point is how Olga's mother had had breast cancer, and undergone a breast amputation, during Olga's youth, which had instilled a phobia for cancer in Olga. This background is left out in the movie. Consequently, a scene early in the movie where Olga totally freaks out screaming "I have cancer!" when seeing she has red poop, and then discovering it is just due to having eaten beets instead of cancer, comes across as played for laughs (and doesn't become harsher in hindsight until she gets a brain tumor at the end of the movie). Knowing the background of the character, and her real fear of cancer, explains a lot about this scene and makes it much harsher.

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* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Olga wears her hair loose in most of the film, during experiencing her True Love affair with Eric. When she first meets Eric again after leaving him, she, contrastingly, wears it tightly bound up in a bun - which coincides with her leaving him and having an affair with another man. Later she runs into him again, and this time she has dyed her naturally dark-blonde hair, strawberry blonde - something Eric points out, and this coincides with them (and the viewer) discovering she has a brain tumor.


* ColorMotif: Eric remarkably often wears orange clothes in the movie, and the drapes in his apartment are orange too.



* InterruptedIntimacy: Eric and Olga's wedding night is interrupted several times by her falling asleep early and people bringing them mail, flowers and presents in the early morning.

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* InterruptedIntimacy: IllGirl: The female protagonist gets terminally ill and dies at the end. This is what [[ItWasHisSled is most famously known]] about the book / movie, even though it actually doesn't happen until the very end, and the vast majority of the book / movie are about the love story.
* InterruptedIntimacy:
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Eric and Olga's wedding night is interrupted several times by her falling asleep early and people bringing them mail, flowers and presents in the early morning. morning.
** Later when they are separated and Eric visits her at her mother's home, they are in the midst of having sex when her mother walks in on them.


* GreenEyedMonster: Eric.
* GroinAttack: Eric has sex with Olga in her car, then gets his scrotum stuck between his zipper. They go to a farmer and Olga borrows some pliers to cut the zipper open.
** It wasn't his scrotum, it was his foreskin. The novel is clear about this. [[note]]Note that in Europe, men (except Muslim or Jewish men) are almost never circumcised.[[/note]]

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* GreenEyedMonster: Eric.
* GroinAttack: Eric has sex with Olga in her car, then gets his scrotum foreskin stuck between his zipper. They go to a farmer and Olga borrows some pliers to cut the zipper open.
** It wasn't his scrotum, it was his foreskin. The novel is clear about this. [[note]]Note that in Europe, men (except Muslim or Jewish men) are almost never circumcised.[[/note]]
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* TheLostLenore: Olga.



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* MaleFrontalNudity: Eric.

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* MaleFrontalNudity: Eric. The character of Eric (actor: Rutger Hauer) is shown a few times totally naked.



* ShownTheirWork: At about 31 minutes into the film, [[https://youtu.be/scB0Dvw3gFo?t=1870 a scene takes place]] that happens around dawn in a city in the Western part of the Netherlands. Anyone who really lives there, can attest that the bird sounds featured in this scene (most prominently, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_blackbird Eurasian Blackbird]] singing), are exactly as they happen in real-life.



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''Turkish Delight'' ("Turks Fruit") is a 1973 film directed by Creator/PaulVerhoeven, based on the novel by Dutch author Creator/JanWolkers. The story is a cross between an EroticFilm and a tragicomic RomanticComedy. The film is notorious for featuring a lot of sex and nudity--just like in the novel, by the way--and therefore became an international box office success. It was Verhoeven's breakthrough film that launched his career in the Netherlands and those of lead actors Creator/RutgerHauer and Monique van de Ven.

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''Turkish Delight'' ("Turks Fruit") Turkish Delight (''Turks Fruit'' in the original Dutch title of the novel and film) is a 1973 film directed by Creator/PaulVerhoeven, based on the similarly-titled novel by Dutch author Creator/JanWolkers. The story is a cross between an EroticFilm and a tragicomic RomanticComedy. The film is notorious for featuring a lot of sex and nudity--just like in the novel, by the way--and therefore became an international box office success. It was Verhoeven's breakthrough film that launched his career in the Netherlands and those of lead actors Creator/RutgerHauer and Monique van de Ven.


''Turkish Delight'' is seen as one of the most important Dutch films of all time and was voted to be the "Best Dutch film ever" during a 1999 Dutch poll by the Netherlands Film Festival. In 1973 it was nominated for an Academy Award for "Best Film", but lost to Film/LaNuitAmericaine by Creator/FrancoisTruffaut.

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''Turkish Delight'' is seen as one of the most important Dutch films of all time and was voted to be the "Best Dutch film ever" during a 1999 Dutch poll by the Netherlands Film Festival. In 1973 it was nominated for an Academy Award for "Best Foreign Language Film", but lost to Film/LaNuitAmericaine ''Film/DayForNight'' by Creator/FrancoisTruffaut.


* GroinAttack: Eric has sex with Olga in her car, then gets his scrotum stuck between his zipper. They go to a farmer and Olga borrows some pliers to cut the zipper open.
** It wasn't his scrotum, it was his foreskin. The novel is clear about this. [[note]]Note that in Europe, men (except Muslim or Jewish men) are almost never circumcised.[[/note]]



* ShareTheMalePain: Eric [[spoiler: has sex with Olga in her car, then gets his scrotum stuck between his zipper. They go to a farmer and Olga borrows some pliers to cut the zipper open.]]


* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film is very much a typical early 1970s film in fashion, style and attitude. Eric and Olga's free love and free sex behavior seems very irrational and dangerous in less innocent decades of today.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The film is very much a typical early 1970s film in fashion, style and attitude. Eric and Olga's free love and free sex behavior seems very irrational and dangerous in less innocent decades of today.

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