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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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NOK 30,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$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 »

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When Roger Brown is researching Clas on the Internet he sees an article "Terrorist Cell hunted down by TRACK" which says "...three men was killed." 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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Spoofs The Road Warrior (1981) See more »

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Come Arround
Music and words by Goran Obad & Henrik Skram
Produced by Riviera Oslo
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7 May 2012 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Based on the novel by Jo Nesbo, this one quickly sets up the main character Roger Brown as someone we neither trust nor necessarily even like. He is a smooth talking recruiter who steals valuable artwork to (barely) support his luxurious lifestyle which includes a near-super model girlfriend and modern mansion.

The film is based in Norway and director Morten Tyldum seems to have a very wicked sense of humor as he really puts Roger (Aksel Hennie) through some things not even found in the worst fraternity or military hazing. While it can be classified as a very taut thriller, it is also a demented ride that would make the Coen Brothers proud. As a matter of fact, it would surprise me if this one doesn't get a U.S. remake very soon. The story and characters lend themselves very well to a star vehicle.

However, I don't wish to sell this version short. It is well done and entertaining in a devilish way. When Roger meets Clas Greve (Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau), the real fun begins. Many will recognize Coaster-Waldau from "Game of Thrones" and he proves to be a terrific adversary for Roger. Neither are what they seem, and both seem quite pleasant to everyone else. Roger's girlfriend Diana is played by the beautiful Synnove Macody Lund, and even she brings a nice element of doubt to the story. There is also a nice supporting turn from Julie Olgaard as Lotte.

The tone and twists remind me a bit of Blood Simple, but this one is even a bit more outrageous and things spin out of control for the characters. Much of the film is a spent in chase mode and that leads to some drama, thrills and chuckles. That's a pretty nice compliment for any movie.


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