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Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015)



Critic Consensus: Dull and devoid of characterization, Kidnapping Mr. Heineken is a true crime thriller that rings false.

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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. It was truly the perfect crime...until they got away with it. Based on a true story, KIDNAPPING MR. HEINEKEN also stars Anthony Hopkins, Sam Worthington, Jim Sturgess and Ryan Kwanten. (C) Alchemy

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Anthony Hopkins
as Freddy Heineken
Jim Sturgess
as Cor Van Hout
Ryan Kwanten
as Jan "Cat" Boellard
Sam Worthington
as Willem Holleeder
Thomas Cocquerel
as Martin "Brakes" Erkamps
Jemima West
as Isabelle Lightwood
Rob Fuller
as Mean Looking Prisoner
David Dencik
as Ab Doderer
Billy Slaughter
as Junior Officer
Gus Rhodes
as Bank Customer
Eric Godon
as Police Drop Off Driver
Chelsea Bruland
as Bookkeeper
Patrick Kearns
as Police Officer
Yassine Fadel
as Taxi Driver
Janet Lynn Carey
as Day Drinker
Jon Arthur
as Armed Police Officer
Roy McCrerey
as Iverson
Natalie Mejer
as Pretty French Woman
Mark van Eeuwen
as Frans 'Spikes' Meijer
Vera Van Dooren
as Ma Holleeder
Dirk Roofthooft
as Pa Holleeder
Vince Canlas
as Chinese Restaurant Owner
Martin Covert
as Bookkeeper
Thomas Mikusz
as Wig Seller
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Critic Reviews for Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (27)

It's a half-hearted crime picture which is ultimately about as successful as the clueless criminals that inspired it.

April 2, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A remake of a Dutch movie that itself wasn't much of a success.

April 2, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Kidnapping Freddy Heineken is notable only for an appearance by Sir Anthony Hopkins as the titular brewer-turned-prisoner.

April 2, 2015

Take beer goggles.

April 2, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…


April 2, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

How could such a gripping true story make such a dull film? And what was Anthony Hopkins thinking when he agreed to star?

April 2, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kidnapping Mr. Heineken


"Kidnapping Mr. Heineken" is better than the critics' score suggests. The critics are right -- this film has a few issues. Kwanten's "English accent" sounds like Eliza Doolittle's closing night performance from the Rappahannock Community Theater troupe, but then again, how appropriate is an English accent on a blue collar Dutch criminal character in the first place? There's not enough action for a heist picture, but then again, this is a kidnapping picture -- not a heist picture, and by nature a hunker-down-and-hide kidnapping story will always be more static. Hopkins is a bit lackluster in his role, but as ceaselessly fascinating as it would have been to have him reprise his role as the imprisoned Hannibal Lector, it would have been inappropriate for the role of an aging, kidnapped Dutch beer mogul. All in all, "Kidnapping Mr. Heineken" is a perfectly good kidnapping tale with thoughtful costumes, good sets and locations, and decent writing.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


Not the movie the trailer had me believe it would be at all. A film that you think is "just okay" and get steadily worse and worse if you ever put any actual thought into it. Completely unsatisfying, and very very stupid. How they managed to get Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten, Mark VanEeuwen AND Sir Anthony Hopkins on board I will never understand.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

I never even knew that this took place. I found the story to be interesting more than the film itself. Whilst the acting was solid the ending was predictable, even when true.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

Super Reviewer

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