Drama - Completed 2011

Amsterdam, 1983. Wealthy brewer Alfred Heineken is kidnapped by a band of young men and is kept chained for 21 grueling days in a cold, cramped cell. When the huge ransom is finally paid, Heineken is set free.

    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Drama, Thriller
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • DUTCH
    • Duration
    • 105 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Maarten TREURNIET
    • Producer(s)
    • Frans VAN GESTEL
    • Synopsis
    • Amsterdam, 1983. Alfred Heineken, one of the world’s wealthiest brewers and arguably the
      most influential man in Holland, has one fateful weakness: he feels invulnerable to all those
      around him.
      It takes a band of hot-headed young men to crumble down this wall of invulnerability:
      thrown piteously in the back of a mini-van, Heineken is unwillingly taken away by the amateur
      kidnappers whose in-experienced ways keep jeopardizing their plans. Against all odds,
      the wretched deed gets done and for 21 grueling days, the powerful brewer is kept chained
      to the wall of a cold, cramped cell. Rendered entirely powerless for the first time in his life,
      Heineken’s fate falls into the hands of Rem, the gang’s youngest member, who takes special
      pleasure in humiliating and frightening Heineken.
      When the huge ransom is finally paid, Heineken is set free. With his ego, pride and dignity
      now irrevocably bruised, the magnate sets on an active pursuit in finding the culprits –
      the kidnappers’ prey has turned into their hunter. Heineken becomes particularly obsessed
      with Rem: how dare the young man have treated Heineken with such disrespect and
      insolence ... What could have fueled such hatred towards the businessman ... Heineken is
      determined to get to the bottom of it – whatever the costs may be ...
      With international screen star Rutger Hauer (“Blade Runner”, “Batman Begins”, “Black
      Butterflies”) portraying Alfred Heineken, Dutch director Maarten Treurniet (“Black Snow”,
      “Father’s Affair”, “Line 32”) delivers a gripping account of a powerful man whose life is
      suddenly at the mercy of an irresponsible, sadistic youth. Based on the true story of
      one of the most sensational kidnappings in Europe, this smart thriller keeps the tension
      simmering and the plot twists teeming.
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