Kidnapping Freddy Heineken

Kidnapping Freddy Heineken

Daniel Alfredson (2015)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Anthony Hopkins may be the class act of this true-crime story as the famous kidnap victim who was deemed worthy of the country's largest ever ransom haul, but this really is an insipid affair. Set in Amsterdam in the early 1980s, the film follows an oddly coiffured Jim Sturgess (looking more 1970s than 80s) and the gang he assembles to snatch the titular tycoon - boss of the Heineken beer business. But, as with most best-laid plans, cracks emerge and the success of their seemingly perfect scheme is soon hanging in the balance. Trouble is, you'd probably find more suspense and tension in a by-the-numbers TV adaptation and the characterisations are emaciated, with the exception of Sam Worthington's hothead heavy and Hopkins himself, although he's barely on screen at all. Like a pint that's been left to stand, it soon goes flat.


Five men struggling to make ends meet decide to kidnap a beer tycoon who is one of Europe's richest men. The plan is a success, and they demand the biggest ransom in history - but tensions within the group threaten their chances of escaping the law. Fact-based crime drama, starring Anthony Hopkins, Jim Sturgess and Sam Worthington.

Cast & Crew

Cor Van Hout Jim Sturgess
Willem Holleeder Sam Worthington
Freddy Heineken Anthony Hopkins
Jan "Cat" Boellard Ryan Kwanten
Frans "Spikes" Meijer Mark van Eeuwen
Ab Doderer David Dencik
Sonja Holleeder Jemima West
Martin "Brakes" Erkamps Thomas Cocquerel
Director Daniel Alfredson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Signature EntertainmentGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 3 Apr 2015