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Heineken Kidnapping [Blu-ray]

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Amsterdam, 1983. Alfred Heineken (Rutger Hauer, Batman Begins, The Black Book), one of the world's wealthiest brewers and arguably the most influential man in Holland, is kidnapped by a gang of young hoodlums and held for ransom. Chained to the wall of a cold, cramped cell for 21 grueling days, the business magnate is subjected to humiliation at the hands of the kidnappers. But when the ransom is paid and Heineken is set free, he embarks on a personal vendetta to find his captors and exact revenge. Based on the true story of one of the most sensational kidnappings in Europe, THE HEIENEKEN KIDNAPPING is a smart, tense thriller in which predator becomes prey and power is gained through conviction.

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  • Actors: Rutger Hauer, Sallie Harmsen, Marcel Hensema, Beppie Melissen, Gijs Naber
  • Directors: Maarten Treurniet
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Dutch, English, German
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083H6B8M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,940 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Byford I. Hall Jr. on September 10, 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Rutger Hauer did one of his finest acting jobs ever in this little known and remembered true story here in the U.S. We wish the spoken language was English rather than Dutch but after a while you forget that you are reading sub-titles because the story is done so well. If you buy this be sure and watch the extras as they show the real location of most of the story, along with many of the items the perpatrators used and their pictures. The actors that played the parts resembled the real villains.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 24, 2013
Format: DVD
In 1983 Freddy Heineken head of the brewing giant that reaches the parts other beers just can not reach, was reached himself by a gang of petty criminals and along with his chauffer was kidnapped. They demanded a ransom of 35 million guilders. For those that know what happened to say anymore would be like saying of the film `Titanic' that it sank and there would be no surprises, but as I did not know an iota about this I will say no more of how it turned out.

The kidnappers were quite ruthless especially Rem as depicted in the film. It was his idea and he was the nastiest toward Mr Heinken, this is explained away as him blaming Mr Heineken for his father's alcoholism. His father having been a sales rep for twenty years for the company and saying there was an `unwritten law' that they had to drink with the punters - sounds like my ideal jib to be honest. Well Rem's father now runs a fancy dress shop but is slowly dying and Rem uses some of the wigs and stuff as disguises to `case the joint' as is the underworld parlance. These are of the type famously sported by Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther films, and gave me a mild chuckle.

Well they go for the heist and what transpires next is a truly engaging and twisty tale. Mr Heineken is played by screen legend Rutger Hauer and he is rather good managing to licit both empathy for his predicament and a bit of loathing for his use of influence and wealth, and I spotted him drinking wine in one shot so not a good advert for his company either. As a side the real Heineken company paid millions of dollars to get James Bond to drink a bottle of their Export in the last Bond film!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 2, 2013
Format: DVD
As the film's title suggests, "The Heineken Kidnapping" ("De Heineken Ontvoering") follows the story of a real-life kidnapping case of Alfred Henry (Freddy) Heineken in 1983, president (and grandson of the founder) of the namesake brewing company. Freddy and his chauffeur Ab Doderer were abducted by four masked men in front of the office and imprisoned for three weeks before they were finally released.

The Dutch film directed by Maarten Treurniet is short on detail about the kidnapping and its subsequent police investigation. The film pays more attention to the psychological aspects of those who were involved, especially Freddy Heineken (Rutger Hauer) and a young kidnapper Rem (Reinout Scholten van Aschat), whose father was formerly employed by the company Heineken. The story plays out more like a morality tale with characters, who, vulnerable in different ways, represent two opposite and contrasting social strata.

This is the strength and weakness of "The Heineken Kidnapping," which, instead of revealing much about the crime and the complicated legal procedures that follow, attempts to shed light into the inner thoughts of the kidnapper(s) and the kidnapped, carefully balancing between the two sides.

I did a quick research on the net and found that filmmakers took creative liberty in recreating some key points including the number of the kidnappers and their names. So the film's crime element is only part of the story, which spends more time on "who they are" than "what they do."

This is a worthy attempt, but sadly the film does not offer much insight into what drives them to desperate actions. Don't get me wrong. Being a Rutger Hauer fan, I enjoyed "The Heineken Kidnapping" for what it is, Hauer's skillful performance in particular, but the film feels somehow superficial or at best ordinary.
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Format: Blu-ray
If I'm being honest, "The Heineken Kidnapping" is one of the most frustrating films that I've endeavored to review in a very long time. This Dutch film by Maarten Treurniet has a fantastic true life story to draw from, but fails to provide much insight into the actual event even as it covers a lot of ground. Based in fact (although with the usual dramatic liberties), the film revolves around the 1983 case in which Freddy Heineken (yes, the brewing mogul) was abducted and held for ransom over a three week period. The culprits were low level, relatively inexperienced Amsterdam criminals who extracted millions for the industrialist only to be immediately ensnared in an International manhunt. Sounds like a great idea for a movie! And let me just say that "The Heineken Kidnapping" is an exceedingly well made and well acted movie. What frustrates me, however, is that its focus is so broad--you end up understanding very little about the actual incident. I don't feel as if the characters (either Heineken or the kidnappers) are developed in much depth. The details of the kidnapping aren't delineated very well, the police investigation is only hinted at, the trial aspect is fairly vague. At no point do I think the film's screenplay really mines the material for what its worth. This should have been and could have been absolutely riveting and unforgettable. But here's the rub. Despite these huge reservations, I still liked "The Heineken Kidnapping" and I'm not sure I should have.

The great Rutger Hauer plays Freddy Heineken. While he has the gravitas and screen presence to keep you involved, he doesn't have much to do until the film's second half. The first part of the movie introduces the quartet of guys who are staging the crime.
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