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The Heineken Kidnapping (2011)
"De Heineken ontvoering" (original title)

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A bold, amateur kidnapping goes wildly awry in this fictionalized account of beer magnate Freddy Heineken's 1983 abduction, which would go on to become one of The Netherlands' most infamous crimes.

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Reinout Scholten van Aschat ...
Rem
Gijs Naber ...
Cor
Teun Kuilboer ...
Frans
Korneel Evers ...
Jan
Truus te Selle ...
Mrs. Heineken
Marjolein Keuning ...
Els
Sallie Harmsen ...
Lisa
Menno Van Beekum ...
Ab Doderer
Ton Kas ...
Meneer Humbrechts
Beppie Melissen ...
Mevrouw Humbrechts
Laurie Reijs ...
Sonja
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Kees Sietsma
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Korthals Altes
Porgy Franssen ...
Max Moszkowicz
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Rem's Amsterdam family lives a nightmare since his father got an alcohol abuse problem related to working for multinational Heineken's brewery distribution and was fired before it became terminal. Rem learns that his bully work colleague Cor is planning to kidnap a businessman with two freak acolytes. Rem convinces them to let him in and aim higher, beer king Alfred Heineken himself, after being nearly run over and left with a token banknote by his driver. They pretend having taken Heineken and his driver to Germany and cash a huge ransom. Heineken hires private detectives and pushes the Dutch and French police, who soon capture the gang. The faulty extradition treaty, up for revision but too late, prevents a Dutch trail for Rem and Cor, but the French authorities fly them to the French half of Antillian island St.Martin and Heineken's cash is spread liberally in a plot to drive the pair over the island border, on Dutch soil. Written by KGF Vissers

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The soundtrack of De Heineken Ontvoering, featuring the score of the film by Tom Holkenborg (Junky XL), plus an extra song entitled 'Me Again' as performed by Franklin Brown, was released on Otober 15th, 2011. See more »

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In the pub, the song "Ik verscheurde je foto" by Koos Alberts is played. This song was recorded and released in 1984, months after the kidnapping took place. See more »

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Rutger Hauer is kidnapped, released, seeks the capture of the kidnappers, and alters his life
21 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Heineken Kidnapping" is a decent enough movie without being outstanding. It's a dramatization of the actual kidnapping of the Heineken beer magnate by five men. I suspect that if they had made a movie using more real details for suspense and leaving out some of the fictional drama, they could have achieved a tighter, more suspenseful result. The crime and the acting of the two main actors, especially Rutger Hauer, carried this along, as well as the story, although it jumped too much. If the script had focused on filling in those gaps, that too would have raised the story's tension, assuming a knowledgeable director.

The way that this movie was done held my attention but was noticeably drawn out, lacking in a high degree of suspense, and probably concocting some personal relationships. Production details were satisfactory enough. The script and direction resulted in a movie that was flatter than it might have been.

The story made a personal confrontation between Heineken and one of the kidnappers, who had a personal grudge against Heineken because his father, a former employee of Heineken's company, was disabled as a result of alcoholism. This I think was made up. That gangster character varied in being convincing, but as the movie proceeded, his brutal and immature side showed up more and more.

As I said, certain critical areas were brushed over too fast and became obscure, like the payoff method and the way that two of the men were partially freed in France. But the film did a very good job on many of the details, including the planning and execution of the kidnapping, how the police found them and the details of holding Heineken in captivity for three weeks. The penultimate sequence, involving capture and transfer to the Netherlands, was fictional but it made for an interesting drama on an island.

The film's drama did make up for its decision to leave out other possible details and treatments, but as drama, it was done in a rather bland way.


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