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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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27 October 2011 (Netherlands)  »

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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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Willem Holleeder watches the movie Scarface in the cinema with his girlfriend. However, this movie was released in the Netherlands 6 months after the kidnapping (April 1984). See more »

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Pacing and script ruined this movie
31 December 2011 | by (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The producers of this movie stressed that this movie was not strictly based on the book by Peter R. de Vries, the crime reporter. This book is (claimed to be) an accurate account of what the planning, kidnapping and aftermath actually was like. One of the greatest features of that book is the planning stage, which was incredibly meticulous and exciting.

The producers decided to go their own way, but made a critical error. They assume that people know the story, and subsequently leave out key parts of the narrative. This leaves the audience guessing at times what is actually happening. The planning stage is almost completely skipped with the kidnapping taking place in the first 10 minutes of the movie. A bit later there is a scene where the kidnappers are waiting for a ransom money transfer but this goes awry. The problem is that it is not explained that this is a ransom transfer attempt, and uninformed people that are not familiar with the actual kidnapping do not have a clue what is going on.

So the producers decide to NOT base the movie on the book, but trust that the plot is explained by the knowledge people have of the book. It's easy to see that this will not work, and so it doesn't.

Pacing is also a problem as scenes seem to drag on forever and overall atmosphere is very negative and pressing. It seems like there is a fire burning underneath the movie and pressure is building, but it is never released soon enough to be a pay off for the audience.

Acting is quite good, but the script and wooden dialogue aren't doing the actors much favor. Hauer as Heineken is a good fit, as is the main character who is a dead ringer for Willem Holleeder.

It was a mistake to make a movie about a topic so famous that (almost) everyone knows the complete story and subsequently twist the story in the extent that they did. I almost wish Peter R. de Vries will go through with a script more strictly based on his book.


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