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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lotte (as Julie Ølgaard)
Kyrre Haugen Sydness ...
Valentina Alexeeva ...
Reidar Sørensen ...
Joachim Rafaelsen ...
Mats Mogeland ...
Gunnar Skramstad Johnsen ...
Monsen 1
Lars Skramstad Johnsen ...
Monsen 2
Signe Tynning ...
Nils Gunnar Lie ...


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 August 2011 (Norway)  »

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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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Did You Know?


Casting for the twin police officers Monsen proved particularly difficult because the twins had to weigh over 220lbs and be identical. Lars Skramstad Johnsen and Gunnar Skramstad Johnsen fit the bill. See more »


The license plate of Clas Greve's car is a Dutch diplomatic plate. The letters "CD" (for Corps Diplomatique) on it are issued exclusively for that purpose. But he is not a diplomat and no diplomat may lend him such car. See more »


Featured in Maltin on Movies: Best and Worst Movies of 2012 (2013) See more »


Performed by Weathervane (Jimmy Gnecco & Pål Waaktaar)
Lyrics by Pål Waaktaar (as Paul Waaktaar-Savoy)
Published by Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
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Not perfect, but way ahead of most films of this kind.
9 April 2012 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

I have seen some plot holes mentioned by other reviewers, but to be honest it won't spoil your viewing of this movie and I could even say that most films ask you for some kind of suspension of disbelief, otherwise you'd never go to the movies.

I really didn't like the protagonist at all at first, but then your sympathy for him grows as he ends up having to do things that he wouldn't dream of in a million years, just to stay alive.

It's all handled very well and moves along at a nice pace. There some particularly black moments when you almost feel guilty about laughing. But this film got a reaction from me, and for me, that's what a well put together film should do.

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