Kidnapping Freddy Heineken
|Kidnapping Freddy Heineken|
U.S. theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Daniel Alfredson|
Michael A. Simpson
|Screenplay by||William Brookfield|
Kidnapping Freddy Heineken|
by Peter R. de Vries
|Edited by||Håkan Karlsson|
European Film Company
Informant Europe SPRL
A Plus Films
Kidnapping Freddy Heineken (U.S. title Kidnapping Mr. Heineken) is a 2015 British-Dutch crime drama film directed by Daniel Alfredson based on the 1983 kidnapping of Freddy Heineken. The screenplay, based on the 1987 book by Peter R. de Vries, was written by William Brookfield. The role of Freddy Heineken is played by Anthony Hopkins, with Sam Worthington as Willem Holleeder, Jim Sturgess as Cor van Hout, Ryan Kwanten as Jan Boellaard, Thomas Cocquerel as Martin Erkamps and Mark van Eeuwen as Frans Meijer.
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The film takes place in 1983, primarily in Amsterdam and centers on a group of five Dutch friends: Willem Holleeder, Cor van Hout, Jan Boellard, Martin Erkamps and Frans Meijer. Looking for easy money, they decide to kidnap Heineken owner, the tycoon Freddy Heineken, in order to achieve a very high ransom. Although capturing Heineken and his driver Ab Doderer successfully, the group eventually faces difficulties due to their lack of experience in crime. They fail to negotiate with the police, and Cor feels it is his duty to take care of his pregnant wife, Sonja. After Heineken is finally released by the police, Willem and Cor flee to Paris, where they plan to remain hidden. However, Cor experiences strong emotions to phone call Sonja, a dangerous action that could easily reveal their location to the police tracing. He is initially reluctant and has arguments with Willem, but ultimately gives in to his feelings and calls Sonja, resulting in Cor and Willem being arrested by the French police while leaving their apartment.
- Anthony Hopkins as Freddy Heineken
- Sam Worthington as Willem Holleeder
- Jim Sturgess as Cor van Hout
- Ryan Kwanten as Jan Boellard
- Jemima West as Sonja Holleeder
- Thomas Cocquerel as Martin Erkamps
- Mark van Eeuwen as Frans Meijer
- David Dencik as Ab Doderer
- Billy Slaughter as Junior Officer
- Eric Godon as The cop
Filming began in Belgium in October 2013.
Variety: "About as appealing as day-old beer littered with cigarette butts, the abysmal caper drama Kidnapping Mr. Heineken is one of those international co-productions produced for all the right tax-credit reasons and none of the right artistic ones."
Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter: "By the time the relatively brief but seemingly interminable proceedings reach their conclusion, viewers may feel like they've been held hostage themselves." Conversely, Rex Reed of The New York Observer gave the film 3 out of 4 stars, and commented: "Anthony Hopkins plays the king of the hops, and he is excellent. So is the rest of the movie, a sober, no-frills account about the highest ransom ever collected up to that time—$10 million and counting."
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