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26 October 2011 (Belgium) See more »
What they started, he will finish. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Rutger Hauer ... Alfred Heineken
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

Marcel Hensema ... Kees Sietsma

Genio de Groot ... Korthals Altes
Porgy Franssen ... Max Moszkowicz

Patrick Stoof ... Sjors
Ernst Dekkers ... Dutch Policeman
Henk Poort ... Policeman
Arnost Kraus ... Assistent rechercheur
Dave Mantel ... Policeman
Gaby de Haan ... Dutch Policeman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gary Green ... French policeman
Ron de Groen ... Private Investigator (uncredited)
Jaap Dijkstra ... Policeman (uncredited)

Geert Gielissen ... Persfotograaf (uncredited)

Jean Teplitsky ... French Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Maarten Treurniet 
Writing credits
Kees van Beijnum (scenario) and
Maarten Treurniet (scenario)

Produced by
Michael Auret .... co-producer
Richard Claus .... producer
Arnold Heslenfeld .... producer
Klaas de Jong .... executive producer
Robert Kievit .... co-producer: VARA
Amanda Law .... line producer
Christian Stibbe .... film trailer producer
Maarten Treurniet .... producer
Frans van Gestel .... producer
Original Music by
Junkie XL  (as Tom Holkenborg)
Cinematography by
Giulio Biccari (director of photography)
Film Editing by
J.P. Luijsterburg 
Casting by
Job Castelijn 
Janusz Gosschalk 
Production Design by
Wilbert Van Dorp 
Art Direction by
Darryl Hammer 
Barbara Westra 
Set Decoration by
Mark Walker 
Costume Design by
Alette Kraan 
Makeup Department
Jane Blewett .... hair stylist
Trudy Buren .... makeup artist
Erik Hillenbrink .... prosthetic appliance fabricator
Rob Hillenbrink .... prosthetic appliance fabricator
Koketso Mbuli .... assistant makeup artist (as Kokotso Mbuli)
Production Management
Amanda Law .... unit production manager: South-Africa
Maranka Pool .... assistant production manager
Piek Seebregts .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cora Arnouds .... third assistant director
Simon Damast .... first assistant director (segments)
Stefanie Hamann .... third assistant director
Marije Hondelink .... second assistant director
Isabel Martens .... second assistant director
Sandile Ntobela .... third assistant director
Reinier Smit .... assistant director
Marc van der Bijl .... first assistant director
Reinier Smit .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Mark Auret .... property master
Cristiaan Dinnessen .... car props
Eljo Embregts .... art department coordinator
Joke Geuze .... property master
Amasja Koolen .... art department assistant
Boris Rivett-Carnac .... assistant property master
Goof Vermeulen .... graphic designer
Friso Witteveen .... photographic props
Sound Department
Paul Bijpost .... sound effects editor
Normann Büttner .... foley artist
Normann Büttner .... foley mixer
Gaby de Haan .... production sound mixer
Ferry de Pater .... dialogue and adr editor
Jaap Jellema .... sound effects editor
Mel Kutbay .... foley artist
James Shannon .... dolby sound consultant
Thabo Singeni .... boom operator
Nardi van Dijk .... foley mixer
Joost van Heerden .... production sound assistant
Iwan van Wijk .... adr recordist
Steven Vanwetswinkel .... adr recordist
Peter Warnier .... re-recording mixer
Peter Warnier .... sound designer
Peter Warnier .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Chris Smit .... special effects assistant
Nick van Leeuwen .... special effects technician
Harry Wiesenhaan .... special effects supervisor (as Harrie Wiessenhaan)
Edward Wiessenhaan .... special effects foreman
Rick Wiessenhaan .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Marijn Eken .... digital compositor
Jeremy Hattingh .... visual effects supervisor
Les Lahumeten .... visual effects
Fir Suidema .... compositor
Fir Suidema .... visual effects artist
Willem de Beukelaer .... stunts
Ida de Boer .... stunts
Nicolas de Pruyssenaere .... stunt performer
Marco Maas .... stunts
Andrew McKenzie .... stunt coordinator south africa
Christian Petersson .... stunt safety
Jeroen Reith .... stunts
Ron Sleeswijk .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Barnes .... gaffer
Goa Borrek .... video assist operator
Bart de Haan .... flighthead technician
Philip Francis .... first assistant camera
Alissa Jalink .... second assistant camera
Jasper Leeman .... grip assistant
Djuma Masudi .... grip
Tom Northam .... best boy electric
Zak O'Leary .... key grip (as Zak 'Ebenezzer' O'Leary)
Fir Suidema .... data wrangler
Fir Suidema .... digital imagining technician
Nigel Tompkins .... second assistant camera
Aaron Tschanz .... electrician
Willem van der Eerden .... gaffer
Richard van der Oord .... grip
Jimmy van Veen .... lighting technician
Bram van Woudenberg .... best boy
Wouter Verberkt .... additional video assist operator
Adi Visser .... camera operator: "b" camera/steadicam/
Pief Weyman .... still photographer
Animation Department
David de Winter .... title sequence designer
Casting Department
Shanti Besseling .... casting assistant
Dennis Luyf .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rae Donnelly .... costume supervisor: South Africa
Inge Hough .... key costumer
Marcel Moerel .... costume supervisor
Tim van Deutekom .... military costumer
Editorial Department
David Grant .... digital intermediate colorist
Heino Henning .... digital intermediate producer
Joost van de Wetering .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Vaughan Leach .... location scout: South Africa
Ing Lim .... location manager
Paul Marbus .... location scout
Jerome Williams .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Jonathan Beard .... orchestrator
Junkie XL .... orchestrator (as Tom Holkenborg)
Mark van den Oever .... music clearances
Christian Vorlander .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Hedwig Agterbos .... script editor
Ruud Ahsmann .... production assistant
Lunghi Londi .... production coordinator: South Africa
Menno Ludriks .... investor
Stephan Nemchik .... production assistant
Alida Rubens .... production accountant
Reinier Smit .... script supervisor
Ernie Tee .... script advisor
Lodewijk van Lelyveld .... production assistant
Roland Wigman .... legal counsel
Florentijn Bos .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"De Heineken ontvoering" - Netherlands (original title)
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127 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015)See more »


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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
The Heineken kidnapping, 27 April 2012
Author: Laakbaar from The Netherlands

Freddy Heineken was with his namesake company for almost 50 years, eventually becoming the president. He was the driving force behind Heineken becoming an international brand. He married Lucille Cummins, an American from a bourbon family. He was at the pinnacle of Dutch corporate life.

In 1983, six years before retirement, he and his chauffeur Ab Doderer were kidnapped and held for ransom by a gang of Amsterdam petty criminals: Cor van Hout, Willem Holleeder, Jan Boelaard, Frans Meijer and Martin Erkamps. They demanded and were paid a ransom of 35 million guilders. They successfully escaped to France, where they were eventually caught and extradited back to the Netherlands to do time. Some of the money was never found. Meijer escaped for a while to Paraguay, but he too was caught eventually.

Holleeder served his time and was released in 1992. (Hey, this is the Netherlands.) He emerged wealthy and well connected in the Dutch underworld and was later convicted of another famous crime. In the eyes of the Dutch media he has become notorious, the country's best known criminal.

Dutch director Maarten Treurniet has made a film about this very famous crime. However, like in most Dutch historical movies, telling a good story is paramount, so the film is deliberately not quite historically accurate. For example, Heineken's wife is portrayed as Dutch. Holleeder and others have complained about the inaccuracies in the film, Holleeder even litigating from prison to object at how he was portrayed and the inaccurate details. Holleeder has been renamed "Rem" in the film.

Even if the story wasn't totally accurate, it brought the whole affair to life for me. I thought it was a good film. The story, pace, acting, technical aspects all worked well. The melodrama you often see in Dutch movies was toned down.

The movie hinged on the personal relationship between Heineken and Holl..., er, Rem. Civilisation is a thin veneer. None of us, even the rich, are ever that far away from the Darwinian world of the schoolyard. The movie Heineken doesn't take kindly to being terrorised by Rem, but Rem understands the impact of physical violence. The movie unexpectedly humanised Holleeder for me, at one point trying to show that bad boy Rem himself was the victim of circumstances.

Rutger Hauer's performance was superb: he WAS Freddy Heineken. Reinout Scholten van Aschat (who really looks like the young Holleeder) brought the character to life. He projected both the physical magnetism and mean spirit of the narcissistic bully.

I enjoyed this movie for what it was. For me, it was one of the best Dutch movies in a while, and still is. I recommend this film.

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