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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.

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Morten Tyldum

Writers:

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

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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 is a human resources manager in a large company and has a wonderful home and a beautiful wife, Dian who owns an art gallery. But he lives in greater luxury than he should. In order to continue this, he has a second job; art theft. Diana introduces him to Clas, a former executive for GPS tech company, who wants to work for Pathfinder, whom Roger is recruiting for. In addition to being the perfect candidate for the job at Roger's company, he is the owner of a very valuable painting. Roger seeks the opportunity and immediately begins to plan his greatest hit. But what Clas encounters in his home will put him in a very difficult way to return.

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The hunt is on. 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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Trivia

Roger Brown pronounces his first name with a hard "g", whereas Claes Greve uses the American pronunciation. In the book, Roger himself shifts between the two depending on who he's talking to. See more »

Goofs

After Roger Brown has pulled Ove from the lake and they both are in the car, driving to Ove's place, Ove is still dizzy and disoriented and keeps falling on Roger's shoulder. At one point, Roger pushes him away, Ove pukes a little, and then you see a hand pat Ove on the shoulder. That hand came from back seat, and doesn't belong to either Roger or Ove. See more »

Quotes

[First lines]
Roger: Rule #1: Make sure you know everything about those you visit. 2: Never spend more than 10 minutes. Every extra minute increases the chance of someone returning home unexpectedly. 3: Do not leave DNA traces. 4: Don't waste time getting an expensive reproduction. Even a simple forgery will go unnoticed for weeks. 5: Sooner or later, one of two things will happen. You find a work of art so valuable that you never need to worry again, or... you'll get caught.
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Featured in Behind Headhunters (2012) See more »

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Weathervane
Performed by Weathervane (Jimmy Gnecco & Pål Waaktaar)
Lyrics by Pål Waaktaar
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You rarely get a movie this good
19 January 2012 | by thebackofmyhouseSee all my reviews

Wow. It has been a long time since I've seen a movie this good. The movie tells the story of Roger Brown, a headhunter who also has a side job as an art thief. His latest job goes wrong and things get out of control from there on. If I give any more of the plot, I will spoil the movie for you. And trust me, you don't want that. A big part of what I enjoyed about the movie is watching how crazy things go for Roger.

Apart from the very intelligent story, what really makes the film standout is the character development, especially for the main character Roger Brown played excellently by Aksel Hennie. You start of seeing him one way, but by the end of the movie, your perception of him will definitely change. He goes through a lot (and I mean A LOT) in the movie. While watching the movie I kept thinking, "Man, give this guy a break". The intelligent story has a whole lot of heart as well.

The acting was top notch from the 2 main actors, Aksel Hennie and Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau (who you may know as Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones). Synnøve Macody Lund who play Roger's wife Diana is beautifully good too. I hope she gets more prominent roles after this.

This is one movie you shouldn't miss. There's a Hollywood version in the making but it would be very hard top this original.


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Country:

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Norwegian | Danish | Russian | English

Release Date:

26 August 2011 (Norway) See more »

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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:

$18,962,444
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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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