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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

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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

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

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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:

Norway | Sweden | Denmark | Germany

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Norwegian | Danish | Russian | English

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:

$18,962,444
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Dolby Digital

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2.39:1
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Trivia

Greve's dog is a Dogo Argentino. This breed is considered dangerous and banned in Norway. 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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Features The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009) See more »

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Come Arround
Music and words by Goran Obad & Henrik Skram
Produced by Riviera Oslo
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The cut-throat world of Norwegian recruitment consultancy...
8 April 2012 | by bennington13See all my reviews

Touted as the next Stieg Larsson (or if you prefer, Norway's answer to Sweden's other major literary export, Henning Mankell), Jo Nesbo's Headhunters had already been earmarked for a (no doubt inferior) US remake before it was even released overseas.

Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) is a 168cm recruitment consultant with a big house, a beautiful wife and an inferiority complex that drives him to moonlight as an art thief. The prosaically named protagonist is no Thomas Crown - he steals to keep a (wildly overleveraged) roof over his head and only pockets a measly 30% of the revenue from his ill-gotten gains. Even his appearance is counterintuitive - more bug eyed Steve Buscemi than suited and booted Bond. Even so, there's more going on here than meets the eye, but suffice to say that his real troubles start when he decides to go after The Big One - the retirement score that will put an end to his financial troubles and allow him to keep his ridiculously attractive wife in the style to which he's become accustomed.

To say anything more about the plot would be superfluous, but I will take a moment to admire the confidence of the director Morten Tyldum. Headhunters is, in a sense, typically Scandinavian - stark, brooding and with as much silence as dialogue. The style here serves the substance - the camera is often completely immobile, forcing the audience to concentrate on what's going on, a complete contrast to the craftsmanship/gimmickry more typical of glossy mainstream thrillers coming out of the US. Rather than spoonfeeding the audience every single clue, Headhunters isn't afraid to lead the unwitting watcher on a merry dance. Naturally the whole enterprise rests on the small but perfectly formed cast, particularly Hennie, with whom we slowly come to empathise, and the more typically suave Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau as the former exec with a murky past.

If Headhunters has a particular weakness, it's that it spends most of its time descending into increasingly dark (and occasionally graphically violent) territory, while occasionally veering into light hearted caper. This does feel slightly bewildering, but to be honest, it's a relative minor criticism. Headhunters is definitely worth catching (particularly given the woefully slim pickings over the past few months), if not now, then 6 months from now when it premieres on Film Four in the middle of the night. Scandinavians (and cinéastes with a penchant for Northern European film) may be used to this kind of thing, but for the rest of us it's a wonderfully welcome arctic blast through the land's tat filled cinema screens.


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