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Headhunters (2011)
"Hodejegerne" (original title)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  26 August 2011 (Norway)
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An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.



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Roger Brown works as one of the most powerful headhunters in Norway. To support his extravagant lifestyle, he is also an art thief, which he does in cahoots with his friend, the gun toting Ove Kjikerud. They replace the originals with forgeries, which go undetected at least until the trail back to them goes cold. His outward bravado, based primarily on building upon reputation, masks his insecurities, especially in his short physical stature. He feels he needs that confident demeanor and wealth to get what he wants, including his trophy wife, art gallery owner Diana Brown. However, he almost seems to like the thought of what Diana represents more than Diana herself. As such, he has a mistress on the side named Lotte. The issue of having a baby - Diana wants to get pregnant while Roger doesn't want her to - is another bone of contention in their marriage. The two sides of Roger's professional life intersect when Diana introduces him to Clas Greve, who would be perfect for the CEO ... Written by Huggo

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The hunt is on.


Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for bloody violence including some grisly images, strong sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

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Box Office


NOK 30,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$43,013 (USA) (27 April 2012)


$1,196,752 (USA) (10 August 2012)

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Summit Entertainment bought the rights to produce an American remake of this film, even before its initial release. See more »


Clas fires two consecutive blanks in the final shootout. This would not have been possible, since the recoil from the blanks is not sufficient to cycle the pistol without a barrel adaptor. See more »


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Performed by Weathervane (Jimmy Gnecco & Pål Waaktaar)
Lyrics by Pål Waaktaar (as Paul Waaktaar-Savoy)
Published by Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
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This is how a thriller should be
2 April 2012 | by (Oslo, Norway) – See all my reviews

Im from Norway, and the last years Norwegians movies that are known has been horror movies. So this is a kind of movies we don't get from Norway so very often. That the main actor was good, is no surprise - and he is the actor in many other movies as well. But this is probably the movie i have liked him most. He plays a character that have many flaws, and that does not act like a hero. And the story is a bit twisted - and surprising. I saw it with a friend from Philippines and we both agree that this is one of the best thriller we have seen in 2011. So hurray for this Norwegians movie - and lets hope it will come more in the years that come in this quality.

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