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Headhunters (2011) More at IMDbPro »Hodejegerne (original title)

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Headhunters -- An accomplished headhunter who subsidizes his luxurious lifestyle through art theft risks it all to acquire an extremely valuable painting, only to discover something that makes him a hunted man himself. Foreign language movie with ENGLISH SUBTITLES.
Headhunters -- An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.
Headhunters -- An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.


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26 August 2011 (Norway) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Aksel Hennie ... Roger Brown

Synnøve Macody Lund ... Diana Brown

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Clas Greve

Eivind Sander ... Ove Kjikerud

Julie R. Ølgaard ... Lotte (as Julie Ølgaard)
Kyrre Haugen Sydness ... Jeremias Lander
Valentina Alexeeva ... Natasja
Reidar Sørensen ... Brede Sperre

Nils Jørgen Kaalstad ... Stig
Joachim Rafaelsen ... Brugd
Mats Mogeland ... Sunded
Gunnar Skramstad Johnsen ... Monsen 1
Lars Skramstad Johnsen ... Monsen 2
Signe Tynning ... TV-Vertinne
Nils Gunnar Lie ... TV-Vert

Baard Owe ... Sindre Aa
Sondre Abel ... Økonomisjef
Morten Hennie ... Styreformann
Irina Eidsvold ... Patolog
Kyrre Mosleth ... Vekter Nils
Martin Furulund ... Vekter Per
Mattis Herman Nyquist ... Ferdinand
Torgrim Mellum Stene ... Atle Nerum

Camilla Augusta Hallan ... Sykepleier
Anjum Salwan ... Drosjesjåfør
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniel Bratterud ... Vakt (uncredited)
Petter Askø Næss ... Pressefotograf (uncredited)

Directed by
Morten Tyldum 
Writing credits
Ulf Ryberg (screenplay) &
Lars Gudmestad (screenplay)

Jo Nesbø (novel)

Produced by
Anni Faurbye Fernandez .... executive producer
Marianne Gray .... producer
Hans-Wolfgang Jurgan .... co-producer
Lone Korslund .... co-producer
Christian Fredrik Martin .... executive producer
Paul Røed .... line producer
Ole Søndberg .... executive producer
Asle Vatn .... producer
Mikael Wallen .... executive producer (as Mikael Wallén)
Original Music by
Trond Bjerknes 
Jeppe Kaas 
Cinematography by
John Andreas Andersen 
Film Editing by
Vidar Flataukan 
Casting by
Jannecke Bervel 
Production Design by
Nina Bjerch Andresen  (as Nina Bjerch-Andresen)
Costume Design by
Karen Fabritius Gram 
Makeup Department
Eros Codinas .... hair stylist
Eros Codinas .... makeup artist
Stuart Conran .... prosthetics supplier
Tina Helmark .... makeup designer
Magnus Kjellsen Hjeldnes .... special makeup effects artist (as Magnus Hjeldnes)
Rick Marr .... special makeup effects artist
Aina Elisabeth Mork .... special makeup effects artist
Jim Udenberg .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Trond Mjøs .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martin Ersgård .... first assistant director
Nina Samdal .... second assistant director
Art Department
Olivier Marcouiller .... scenic artist
Tord Moberg .... carpenter
Pål Petersen-Bergvik .... property master (as Pål Pettersen-Bergvik)
Daniel Røsset .... assistant property master
Morten Swang .... props
Thomas Underhaug Fosseli .... assistant property master
Monja Wiik .... art department coordinator
Valia Phyllis Zwart .... props assistant
Sound Department
Petter Fladeby .... sound re-recording mixer
Kenneth Gustavsen .... sound recordist
Bent Holm .... sound effects editor (as Bent Erik Holm)
Stig Holte .... sound effects editor
Tom Erik Lie .... boom operator
Morten Pilegaard .... foley recordist
Tormod Ringnes .... sound designer
Tormod Ringnes .... sound re-recording mixer
Tormod Ringnes .... supervising sound editor
Ketil Ronold .... boom operator: second unit
Espen Rønning .... dialogue editor
Morten Solum .... sound recordist
Erik S. Watland .... foley artist
Erik S. Watland .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Søren Skov Haraldsted .... special effects assistant coordinator (as Søren Haralsten)
Hummer Højmark .... special effects coordinator
Claus Nørregård .... special effects welder (as Claus B. Nørregaard)
Finn Thomasen .... armourer: daily (as Finn Thommasen)
Mark Hedegaard .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Olve Askim .... compositing
Ole Geir Eidsheim .... visual effects artist: Gimpville AS
Lars Erik Hansen .... visual effects supervisor
Dylan Richard Hopkin .... visual effects artist
Morten Jacobsen .... digital compositor
Samuel Karlsson .... digital compositor
Christian Korhonen .... visual effects artist: Gimpville AS
Kjetil Kulander .... visual effects artist: Gimpville AS
Severin Mathiesen .... digital compositor: Gimpville AS
Severin Mathiesen .... matchmove artist
Morten Moen .... digital compositor
Simon Dahle Nyhus .... visual effects artist: Gimpville AS
Jan Svalland .... digital compositor: Gimpville AS
Otto Thorbjørnsen .... digital compositor
Niklas Brennsund .... stunt double
Deni Jordan .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Eirik Holst Aagård .... focus puller
Erik Aavatsmark .... still photographer
Anders Eide .... key grip
Christen Kenneth Gran .... lighting technician
Ole Petter Hergum .... camera trainee
Jim Kolborg Nilsen .... grip
Carl Christian Raabe .... still photographer
Pål Ulvik Rokseth .... camera operator: "b" camera
Pål Ulvik Rokseth .... second assistant camera
Geir Rossebø .... lighting technician
Hans Petter Sydsæter .... gaffer
Marius Tharaldsen .... grip
Knut Westad .... best boy grip
Espen Zubi .... camera car operator
Espen Zubi .... grip
Espen Zubi .... rigging grip
Animation Department
Alf Martin Løvvold .... animator: opening sequence
Casting Department
Andrea Eckerbom .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Jonas Aarø .... assistant editor
Julien Alary .... colorist
Gregers Dohn .... trailer editor
Terje Kjetil Gillebo .... dcp technician
Klaus Gretland .... assembly editor
Dylan Richard Hopkin .... on-line editor (as Dylan R. Hopkin)
Morten Nagel .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Rasmus Bosse .... orchestrator (as Rasmus Hansen)
Peter Fuchs .... music engineer
Martin Roller .... assistant scoring engineer
Allan Wilson .... conductor
Other crew
Gjyljeta Berisha .... script supervisor
Marianne Braastad .... production assistant
Gregers Dohn .... promotional trailer
Stein Ove Horten .... location scout
Caroline Jacobsen .... caterer
Christopher Jakobsen .... location scout
Tom Joelsen .... post-production coordination
Mercedes Madicken Langvad .... production coordinator (as Mercedec Madicken Langvad)
Audun Skarbøvik .... location manager
Berna Levin .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hodejegerne" - Norway (original title)
"The Headhunters" - International (English title) (literal English title)
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Rated R for bloody violence including some grisly images, strong sexual content and nudity
100 min
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital (5.1 surround)
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Upon its release, the film has been sold to over 50 countries - a record for any Norwegian film.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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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28 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Norwegian crime thriller with twists, 15 April 2012
Author: Laakbaar from The Netherlands

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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