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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 (Sir Anthony Hopkins), which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual.

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Daniel Alfredson

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Cast

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 (Sir Anthony Hopkins), 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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Country:

Netherlands | Belgium | UK | USA

Language:

English | Dutch | German

Release Date:

6 March 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€21,726 (Netherlands), 28 June 2015, Limited Release
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The green Heineken bottles used in the movie are not period correct. At that time, in The Netherlands, Heineken was only sold in brown bottles. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in 1982. In some of the shots we see cars with a third brake light. In 1982 there weren't any cars with third brake lights 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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Help Pick Up the Pieces
Written by Shelley Dane and Lee Silver
Performed by Buddy Stewart (as Buddy Stuart)
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Hopkins Role Too Small to Save This Film
20 June 2015 | by vikingfan89See all my reviews

This movie promised a heist, a historical kidnapping plot leading to the largest ransom paid in modern history AND Anthony Hopkins as the titular Mr. Heineken. Sadly, this movie failed to deliver. The motivations were at times unclear (There was mention of a major recession but we were never shown its far-reaching effects and thus could not empathize with out protagonists) and at times forced (all of a sudden there is a girlfriend involved who is now pregnant and needs to be financially supported and one protagonist's father appeared momentarily only to reveal he was fired by Mr. Heineken himself and we never hear from him again). The kidnappers were virtually indistinguishable yet the focus was on them instead of the police investigation or on Mr. Heineken's (and his driver's) plight in solitary. To top it off, the end text credits detailing the outcomes of the various characters (which can be found on wikipedia) were more interesting than most of the movie. I have to recommend passing on this and reading a brief synopsis of the real life case instead.


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