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Headhunters (2011)

Hodejegerne (original title)
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An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.

Director:

Morten Tyldum

Writers:

Ulf Ryberg (screenplay), Lars Gudmestad (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aksel Hennie ... Roger
Synnøve Macody Lund ... Diana
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Clas Greve
Eivind Sander ... Ove Kjikerud
Julie R. Ølgaard ... Lotte (as Julie Ølgaard)
Kyrre Haugen Sydness ... Lander
Valentina Alexeeva ... Natasja
Reidar Sørensen ... Brede Sperre
Nils Jørgen Kaalstad ... Stig
Joachim Rafaelsen Joachim Rafaelsen ... Brugd
Mats Mogeland Mats Mogeland ... Sunded
Gunnar Skramstad Johnsen Gunnar Skramstad Johnsen ... Monsen 1
Lars Skramstad Johnsen Lars Skramstad Johnsen ... Monsen 2
Signe Tynning Signe Tynning ... TV-vertinne
Nils Gunnar Lie Nils Gunnar Lie ... TV-vert
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Storyline

Roger Brown an Executive Headhunter and a part-time high end painting thief finds himself embroiled in a cat and mouse game when he tries to destroy Clas Greve's career prospects. However, Clas is a former member of a special tactical military force and will stop at nothing to ensure Roger is out of the picture and the job is his. Written by Paddy McManus

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Taglines:

From the bestselling author of 'The Snowman' See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence including some grisly images, strong sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

26 August 2011 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Headhunters See more »

Filming Locations:

Skøyen, Oslo, Norway See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

NOK30,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,013, 29 April 2012

Gross USA:

$1,200,010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,699,707
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

The film features several references and tributes to Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy. Diana watches the second film from the trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009), on TV the night Roger comes home late. Also, aerial shots from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) were used to fill in some missing scenes. One of the clips features a car driving over a bridge. The car from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) was digitally replaced with the car Roger Brown drives in this film. See more »

Goofs

Clas fires two consecutive blanks in the final shootout. This would not have been possible, since the recoil from the blanks is not sufficient to cycle the pistol without a barrel adaptor. See more »

Quotes

[Last lines]
Roger: My name is Roger Brown. I'm 5'6" tall, and you know what? That's more than enough.
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Come Arround
Music and words by Goran Obad & Henrik Skram
Produced by Riviera Oslo
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More Twists and Turns than a Fjord-side Road
6 May 2012 | by soncomanSee all my reviews

Roger Brown has a pretty good life. By day, he's a corporate recruiter (headhunter) who goes home at night to a magnificent house and stunning wife. Unfortunately, Roger's insecurities (he's only 5'6") lead him to seek a lifestyle well beyond his means. How does he make up the difference between his income and expenses? High-priced art theft, of course.

Such is the premise of "Headhunters," a terrific Norwegian film that follows up its run at the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival with a general release. The film garnered quite a lot of buzz at the Festival and, after a recent screening, it's easy to see why. A mixture of crime/heist drama, action/suspense thriller, and love story, it's what the 1999 version of "The Thomas Crown Affair" might have looked like if it had been directed by Sam Peckinpah.

Brown, played by Aksel Hennie, is looking for one big score to settle him for life. Circumstances bring that possibility to him, but things are not what they seem. Things go wrong - very, very wrong - and Roger finds himself in deep, deep sh** (literally as well as figuratively.) To say much more would spoil the intricate plot (I'll leave that to the trailer,) but suffice it to say you should just sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride. This film has more twists and turns than a fjord-side road.

Fast paced and extremely violent in spots, this film is not for the squeamish. If you can get through a little (well, a lot) of body mutilation, high impact body trauma and the occasional spearing, you'll find yourself enjoying (yes, I said it – enjoying) a cinematic thrill ride that puts its American counterparts (see Ocean's Eleven/Twelve/Thirteen, etc.) to shame.

Catch it before the typical half-assed American remake appears…

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