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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 in 1983, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual.

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Daniel Alfredson

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Sturgess ... Cor Van Hout
Sam Worthington ... Willem Holleeder
Ryan Kwanten ... Jan 'Cat' Boellard
Anthony Hopkins ... Freddy Heineken
Mark van Eeuwen ... Frans 'Spikes' Meijer
Thomas Cocquerel ... Martin 'Brakes' Erkamps
Jemima West ... Sonja Holleeder
David Dencik ... Ab Doderer
Dirk Roofthooft ... Pa Holleeder
Vera Van Dooren Vera Van Dooren ... Ma Holleeder
Kat Lindsay ... Karin
Roy McCrerey ... Iverson
Vince Canlas ... Chinese Restaurant Owner
Natalie Mejer Natalie Mejer ... French Stewardess
Eric Godon ... Police Drop Off Driver
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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 in 1983, 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.


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Rated R for language throughout | See all certifications »

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In a spectacular turn of events, two sisters of Willem Holleeder (Sam Worthington); Sonja (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 killings, amongst which, the one of his former blood brother and brother-in-law Cor van Hout (Jim Sturgess) in 2003. Holleeder was convicted of murder in 2019 and sentenced to life in prison. See more »

Goofs

When the kidnappers are discussing the World War II Sten gun, one is jokingly called 'Rambo'. However, the film 'First Blood', from which the character comes, was not released until March 1983 in the Netherlands. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Version of The Heineken Kidnapping (2011) See more »

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In Meinem Traum Is Alles Liebe
Written by Nicolas Neidhardt and Billie Kaman (as Birgit Kaman)
Performed by Billie Kaman
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Competent but not a film that excited me...
1 April 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Back in the early 1980s, Freddy Heineken, one of the richest men in the Netherlands and the head of Heineken International, was kidnapped along with his driver. Eventually, one of the largest ransoms ever was paid for his release. This film is about the kidnapping from the point of view of the crooks as well as its aftermath. This is interesting because you never see or hear anything about the police investigation--you only see the police when they are pouncing on the criminals at the end of the film. This all sounds very exciting....so why was I left so unaffected by the film? It is competently made but also rather ordinary.

On the positive side, the music is really, really nice. It provides a taut atmosphere and some of the action sequences were very nice. Oddly, the most exciting moment in the film occurs early in the movie--well before the actual kidnapping. In order to raise funds to pull off the kidnapping, the gang knocks over a bank--and it's exactly what I assumed the rest of the film would be like. However, sadly, after this the kidnapping seemed a bit anticlimactic and the film just seems to descend into a state of adequacy and nothing more. I think much of it is because I never felt particularly connected with the kidnappers and the tension just seemed to dissipate until the relatively exciting finale. The bottom line is that this would be a decent film to rent, but I couldn't see heading to the theaters for this one.

By the way, although the film is about Dutch kidnappers, everyone in the film was British! They sounded very British and although it was filmed in the Netherlands, it seemed more like a British gang there on holiday. The same story is told, incidentally, in a Dutch language film (The Heineken Kidnapping) starring Rutger Hauer as Freddy Heineken. In this British version, the filmmakers were able to secure the talents of Anthony Hopkins to play this beer baron.


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Release Date:

6 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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$3,184,017
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