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Hodejegerne (2011)

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An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Roger Brown an Executive Headhunter and a part-time high end painting thief finds himself embroiled in a cat and mouse game when he tries to destroy Clas Greve's career prospects. However, Clas is a former member of a special tactical military force and will stop at nothing to ensure Roger is out of the picture and the job is his. Written by Paddy McManus

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The hunt is on.

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Crime | Drama | 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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26 August 2011 (Norway)  »

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Headhunters  »

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NOK 30,300,000 (estimated)

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$1,690,000 (Norway) (26 August 2011)

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$1,196,752 (USA) (12 August 2012)
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Roger Brown pronounces his first name with a hard "g", whereas Claes Greve uses the American pronunciation. In the book, Roger himself shifts between the two depending on who he's talking to. See more »

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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 »

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Roger: Rule #1: Make sure you know everything about those you visit. 2: Never spend more than 10 minutes. Every extra minute increases the chance of someone returning home unexpectedly. 3: Do not leave DNA traces. 4: Don't waste time getting an expensive reproduction. Even a simple forgery will go unnoticed for weeks. 5: Sooner or later, one of two things will happen. You find a work of art so valuable that you never need to worry again, or... you'll get caught.
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Performed by Weathervane (Jimmy Gnecco & Pål Waaktaar)
Lyrics by Pål Waaktaar
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Norwegian crime thriller with twists
15 April 2012 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Dark Scandinavian crime movies being all the rage lately, this intelligent, action-packed thriller didn't disappoint. I went into the film without reading the book or indeed knowing a single thing about the film. I enjoyed it.

I was drawn into this northern world with its interesting people and beautiful natural scenery. What also made this movie stand out was the fast-paced plot with many unusual and unexpected twists. It is the kind of film that has you glued to your seat to see what could possibly happen next to the main character. Roger Brown, the headhunter, becomes headhunted. (But what's the story with the English name??)

No movie is perfect. There were a few plot problems and I have to admit I looked at my watch half way through, despite the fast pace.

Perhaps the film could be faulted for showing only two types of Norwegians: rich sophisticates and yokels (all blond of course). Aren't there any ordinary middle-class people in Norway?

Also, some of the scenes may be too difficult for the squeamish to watch. Not exessive, but just a little over the top.

I'd give this film a higher score, but I am not a fan of the genre. Still, I did enjoy it for what it was and would recommend it to anyone. It's a good movie.


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