A famous game show host is being harassed in a restaurant by a strange man who claims to have kidnapped his wife and daughter. A morbid game ensues in which the game show host turns out to be the contestant.
When their parents die, Bianca starts to smoke and Tomas is still a virgin. The orphans explore the dangerous streets of adulthood until Bianca finds Maciste, a retired Mr. Universe, and enters his dark mansion in search of a future.
The inside story of the planning, execution, rousing aftermath and ultimate downfall of the kidnappers of beer tycoon Alfred "Freddy" Heineken, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual.
The kidnapper named "Rem Hubrechts" was actually named Willem Holleeder. There actually was a fifth kidnapper, not shown in the movie, called Martin "Remmetje" Erkamps. They used his nickname and gave it to Hubrechts because they couldn't use the name Willem Holleeder because he is still around and threatened with a law suit if they used his name in the movie. See more »
In the first scene you see Holleeder taking off his leather jacket. In the next view he wears the jacket no more, then in the next view he's taking it off again. See more »
Rutger Hauer is kidnapped, released, seeks the capture of the kidnappers, and alters his life
"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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