The kidnapping of the century cost Alfred Heineken 35 million. His kidnappers had a lucky escape. They thought... Controversial reconstruction, featuring veteran Hauer and a series of young actors.


In 1983, beer brewer Alfred Heineken, together with his chauffeur, is kidnapped on the doorstep of his office. For twenty-one nerve-racking days, the beer baron remains fettered in a chilly, cramped cell. His kidnappers, four criminal friends from Amsterdam, initially have great problems cashing the ransom. Once liberated, Heineken plays an active role in the global hunt for his tormentors and millions of guilders disappear. Director Maarten Treurniet stuck close to the historical facts surrounding Holland’s most notorious kidnapping episode, but took some creative liberties. Although he does not appear as a character, Heineken kidnapper Willem Holleeder recognised his younger self so clearly in Reinout Scholten van Aschat’s rendering that he took legal action, and lost.

Title: De Heineken ontvoering
Year: 2011
Duration : 1 hour, 58 minutes
Category: Feature film
Edition: NFF 2012

MisdaadGeschiedenis

Gouden Kalf winner

Beste Montage (2012)
JP Luijsterburg
Beste Acteur (2012)
Reinout Scholten van Aschat
Beste Production Design (2012)
Wilbert van Dorp

Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Geluid (2012)
Peter Warnier
Beste Muziek (2012)
Tom Holkenborg
Beste Vrouwelijke Bijrol (2012)
Truus te Selle

Other awards

Gouden Film (100.000 bezoekers speelfilm) (2011)

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