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Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015)

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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cor Van Hout
Jan 'Cat' Boellard
Frans 'Spikes' Meijer
Sonja Holleeder
Ab Doderer
Vera Van Dooren ...
Ma Holleeder
Chinese Restaurant Owner
French Stewardess
Police Drop Off Driver
Junior Officer


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.

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It was the perfect crime until they got way with it.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 March 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a spectacular turn of events, two sisters of Willem Holleeder (Sam Worthington) - Sonja (played by Jemima West) and Astrid - along with a former girlfriend of his turned against him giving statements to the police about his involvement in the ordering of several contract kills, among which the one of his former blood brother and brother in law Cor van Hout (Jim Strugess) in 2003. Untill now this link could never be substantiated. As of 2015, Holleeder is already in custody awaiting trial for other heavy crimes and, with those new allegations, might be facing life imprisonment. See more »


(at around 31 mins) When the two kidnappers are making a copy of the ransom note, in what is supposed to be an empty office, you can clearly see the arm of an individual extended outward in the center of the far right edge of the screen. See more »


Freddy Heineken: There are two ways a man can be rich in this world, he can have a lot of money, or he can have a lot of friends. But he cannot have both.
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Version of Freddy Heineken (2013) See more »


In Meinem Traum Is Alles Liebe
Written by Nicolas Neidhardt and Billie Kaman (as Birgit Kaman)
Performed by Billie Kaman
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Never reaches the parts
8 April 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Kidnapping Freddy Heineken certainly lacks fizzle telling a true story set in Amsterdam in 1983. A group of friends who are builders fallen on hard times are turned down for a bank loan and decide on an outrageous plan to kidnap the head of the Heineken beer group.

They take Freddie Heineken (Anthony Hopkins) and his driver holding them hostage in specially built cells and issuing a massive ransom demand. The ransom is delivered but then their problems begins. The getaway with the money is not meticulously planned and their lack of experience as criminals backfires on them such as the desire to phone loved ones or feeling guilty about the crime.

Hopkins delivers a glorified cameo and like a wounded lion, shouts and screams with random outbursts and demands Chinese food, music and books. He is also worried that his chauffeur also being held in the next room is expendable.

The rest of the actors, Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess put in bland performances because the script is so flat. Worthington does have one scene in a dress for some weird reason.

Director Daniel Alfredson directs with a lack of verve and urgency. The film does have one sequence of a car chase in Amsterdam which is impressive as they not only had to clear out all the tourists and install period details of the early 1980s. It would had been better such effort had been expended on the rest of the movie.

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