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Kidnapping Freddy Heineken (2015)

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (original title)
15 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 3 April 2015 (UK)
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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, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark van Eeuwen ...
Ab Doderer
Pa Holleeder
Vera Van Dooren ...
Ma Holleeder
Chinese Restaurant Owner
French Stewardess
Police Drop Off Driver


The inside story of the planning, execution, rousing aftermath, and ultimate downfall of the kidnappers of beer tycoon Alfred "Freddy" Heineken, 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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Release Date:

3 April 2015 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Kidnapping Freddy Heineken  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€21,726 (Netherlands), 28 June 2015, Limited Release
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Willem Holleeder (Sam Worthington) went on to become a kingpin in the Dutch underworld, being held responsible for ordering several contract killings, amongst which, the 2003 assassination of his former best friend and co-kidnapper Cor van Hout (Jim Stugess). As of 2015, Holleeder is in custody awaiting trial for many of those contracts, however, not in relation to the Cor van Hout case. See more »


During the first wide shot of the compound where Heineken is held hostage, there are a couple of skyscrapers in the background which weren't built until 1994 and 2001. See more »


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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Version of De Heineken ontvoering (2011) See more »


In Meinem Traum Is Alles Liebe
Written by Nicolas Neidhardt and Billie Kaman (as Birgit Kaman)
Performed by Billie Kaman
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Not worth the (full) ransom
15 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

'Kidnapping Freddy Heineken' is a story about a gang of Dutch crooks who decide that holding one of Holland's wealthiest businessmen for ransom will be a fast-track to easy money. It's hardly an inspiring premise, but the thing that makes it – slightly – better than the rest, is that it's based on a true story.

If you check out the literature online about it, you'll see that – surprise, surprise – liberties have been taken with the plot, but, from what I can gather, it is reasonably faithful – if you excuse the obvious parts which have been 'Hollywooded up' to speed the story up. The second plus point is Anthony Hopkins, who plays the titular millionaire. Always a good performance from 'Sir Tony.' Unfortunately, he's not in it as much as most of us would probably like. The main story focuses on the criminals, half of which are pretty bland, although one is played by Sam Worthington and another does have a family who features prominently, fleshing out his character a bit more. You may have to wait about forty-five minutes before we meet Hopkins though.

The film does its best to get us to empathise with the criminals and, for the most part, it sort of succeeds. We can see that they're the down-on-their-luck sorts who are only really after the money, but, at the end of the day, they are criminals, so – deep down – we're pretty much waiting for them to get their comeuppance.

If you're interested in the history of the case, it's probably best to read one of the books. Granted, I haven't, but I'm happy to settle for the big screen adaptation. Yeah, it passes the time – it's nothing special and I probably won't remember it in a year or so, but it kept me just about entertained enough while I was watching it.

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