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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 ...
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Lars Skramstad Johnsen ...
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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

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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Upon its release, the film has been sold to over 50 countries - a record for any Norwegian film. See more »


After Roger Brown has pulled Ove from the lake and they both are in the car, driving to Ove's place, Ove is still dizzy and disoriented and keeps falling on Roger's shoulder. At one point, Roger pushes him away, Ove pukes a little, and then you see a hand pat Ove on the shoulder. That hand came from back seat, and doesn't belong to either Roger or Ove. 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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Absolutely Gripping
19 April 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Headhunters, based on Jo Nesbo's novel of the same, lived up to all my expectations - even though I am not very keen on thrillers in general. It all started out fairly interesting, although I quickly started to dislike the main character, Roger Brown. His snobbish, very self-confident attitude just put me off. However, to support his lavish lifestyle, he steals art to afford everything for his beloved wife and it all ends in a captivating battle of survival. Soon, he is chased by his rival, Clas Greve, and it seems to be an absolutely hopeless escape as Greve is always just a few steps behind. First, I attended the movie with close attention. But in the end, I didn't even dare to breath properly. A highly-recommended, although too bloody, high-quality thriller for everybody!

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