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Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

2015

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In one of the most shocking true crimes of the century, a group of friends kidnap - in broad daylight - the heir of the Heineken empire and successfully achieve the largest ransom of its kind to date. The perfect crime...until they got away with it.

Starring:
Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Director Daniel Alfredson
Starring Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington
Supporting actors Ryan Kwanten, Anthony Hopkins, Mark van Eeuwen, Thomas Cocquerel, Jemima West, David Dencik, Vera Van Dooren, Kat Lindsay, Roy McCrerey, Vince Canlas, Natalie Mejer, Eric Godon, Billy Slaughter, Alex Collins, Billy Lee, G. Ponti-Pesciallo, Pamela Jane Eastwood, Sandra Lizioli
Studio Alchemy
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Luanne Ollivier on March 6, 2015
Format: Amazon Video
3.5/5 I love 'heist' movies and today's Film on Friday entry falls into that category, with a bit of a twist. Instead of robbery, its kidnapping. And as the title says - Kidnapping Mr. Heineken is indeed the taking of beer magnate Freddy Heineken. What made this a must watch for me is that it's true. All of it. In 1983, a group of friends trying to save their legitimate enterprises needed money desperately. And one of them has the idea to kidnap Freddy Heineken. They do - and they collect what was the largest ransom ever at that time. But did it solve their problems?

Based on crime journalist Peter R. de Vries’s 1987 book, Kidnapping Mr. Heineken takes us from the idea, to the planning, to the execution and - the aftermath.

"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."

These are the opening lines from Anothony Hopkins (Freddy Heineken). I love Hopkin's voice - it's so rich and sonorous, making you stop and listen with every nuance he injects into his lines. In this case it's quite prophetic. From a tight knit group in the beginning, the relationships and trust between the friends disintegrates. And Alfredson follows the dissolution with his camera.

I was fascinated with the story and ended up reading much more about it on the Internet. Truth is stranger than fiction. There's much more the story 'after' but Kidnapping Mr. Heineken does a good job of bringing this fascinating piece of crime history to the screen.

I thought the cast was good - Hopkins as always is a standout for me. His character does not act like a victim at all - there were shades of Hannibal in some of his innocent yet loaded comments.
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First of all , let me just say , movies are my passion . I watch a ton of movies as I'm semi retired and I have a vested interest because I
work casually as an extra.
This movie was great , the pacing and acting were top notch and the story moved along quite nicely with plenty of action and suspense. I'm not going to go into detail as many have done that before me here , so I'm going to assume you know the basic plot . A few reviewers who liked the beginning and lost interest about thirty minutes or so in , must have some attention disorder.
Just because it's not like your typical hollywood movie with heaps of car chases and explosions doesn't mean it's lame. I would like to point out it's A TRUE STORY so what they did with what they had to work with was excellent.
As far as the ending goes , near the conclusion it was obvious what was going to happen . So , as they do with many true stories , they stated in writing what happened to each of the five right up until their deaths . This was perfectly acceptable to me .
All in all a great film well worth a look . Give it a go . You won't be disappointed .
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Format: Blu-ray
Set in Amsterdam,KIDNAPPING MR. HEINEKEN is the fascinating true story of a group of childhood friends and business partners who, in 1983, kidnapped and held for ransom billionaire beer baron Freddy Heineken and his driver.

The movie evokes memories of a 2003 cable television film, STEALING SINATRA, which dealt with the 1963 abduction of Frank Sinatra, Jr.

The difference between the two films is one of tone. STEALING SINATRA plays the celebrity abduction as a dark comedy, whereas KIDNAPPING MR. HEINEKEN is much more dour in its approach.

Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington and Ryan Kwanten star in the 2015 release, cast as three of the five kidnappers who are desperately in need of cash in order to revive their failing construction business. To finance the criminal venture, they rob an armored car, resulting in an exciting, well-staged chase through the streets and canals of Amsterdam.

The actual kidnapping of Heineken (Anthony Hopkins) goes well, but when the billionaire’s people delay in responding to the hostage takers’ demands, the conspiracy begins to slowly come apart.

Directed by Daniel Alfredson, KIDNAPPING MR. HEINEKEN is well paced and features some robust dramatic sequences. The problem is that, with the exception of the Heineken character, deliciously portrayed by Hopkins, none of the other characters (i.e. the kidnappers) are that likeable or, frankly, interesting. This is not the fault of the actors, who are all excellent, but by the basic grim approach to the material taken by the director and writers.

Nevertheless, KIDNAPPING MR. HEINEKEN is certainly worth your time.

The Blu-ray disc from Alchemy includes several deleted and extended scenes.

© Michael B. Druxman
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Very well done. Could have been over done in many ways, but was not. Very well acted, very well told story—true story at that. Just goes to show you what can happen to well meaning, good middle class guys when times get tough and banks get tougher.
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In 1983, a group of childhood friends pulled off the crime of the century: kidnapping one of the richest men in the world, the heir of the Heineken beer empire (Anthony Hopkins). The shocking capture --by gunpoint in broad daylight on the streets of Amsterdam--resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for a kidnapped individual. What a terrific movie and this is a story that I never know and let me tell you that I had a hard time telling you who I was rooting for, The good guys or the bad. If you don't know the story I won't give it away. I will say this though, very suspenseful and you will find yourself getting involved. I found myself yelling at the TV several times! (don't do that) (stop and think about what you are doing) etc. Anthony Hopkins as Mr. Heineken (Beer guy) magnificent. The kidnappers sensationally portrayed by Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten, Jark Van EEowen and Thomas Cocqueral. Totally great.
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