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21 Days: The Heineken Kidnapping 2011

4.1 out of 5 stars (29) IMDb 6.5/10

Dutch kidnapping thriller based on true events and directed by Maarten Treurniet. It is 1983 and the head of the successful brewing company, Heineken, Alfred Heineken (Rutger Hauer), is kidnapped and held captive for 21 days until he pays his kidnappers a huge ransom for his release.

Starring:
Rutger Hauer, Reinout Scholten van Aschat
Runtime:
2 hours, 2 minutes

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The book (by Peter R. de Vries) is always better, although I read it more than 20 years ago. The book was written in collaboration with the late Cor van Hout and probably has its own veracity.

The film is fictionalised and quite well, except for the silly man hunt on St. Martin. In the book, the long stay in Martin became too tedious for van Hout and Holleeder (Rem in the film) and they gave up, home sick. Simply a situation that doesn't lend itself for a film, and neither does a local uproar with locals chasing the baddies with machetes.

Rutger Hauer is carrying his weight and the younger lot make a good effort. Worth watching if you're not familiar with the story.
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In 1983 Freddy Heineken head of the brewing giant that reaches the parts other beers just can not reach, was reached himself by a gang of petty criminals and along with his chauffer was kidnapped. They demanded a ransom of 35 million guilders. For those that know what happened to say anymore would be like saying of the film `Titanic' that it sank and there would be no surprises, but as I did not know an iota about this I will say no more of how it turned out.

The kidnappers were quite ruthless especially Rem as depicted in the film. It was his idea and he was the nastiest toward Mr Heinken, this is explained away as him blaming Mr Heineken for his father's alcoholism. His father having been a sales rep for twenty years for the company and saying there was an `unwritten law' that they had to drink with the punters - sounds like my ideal job to be honest. Well Rem's father now runs a fancy dress shop but is slowly dying and Rem uses some of the wigs and stuff as disguises to `case the joint' as is the underworld parlance. These are of the type famously sported by Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther films, and gave me a mild chuckle.

Well they go for the heist and what transpires next is a truly engaging and twisty tale. Mr Heineken is played by screen legend Rutger Hauer and he is rather good managing to licit both empathy for his predicament and a bit of loathing for his use of influence and wealth, and I spotted him drinking wine in one shot so not a good advert for his company either. As a side the real Heineken company paid millions of dollars to get James Bond to drink a bottle of their Export in the last Bond film!
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Knowing a little about the history connected with this film, and also aware of the aftermath, this film makes great watching. Rutguer Hauer plays a great part, he is totally remorseless in his pursuit of his captors, although the ending is a little slow it portrays accurately all the happenings in this true story.
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Wow, great film, from start to finish I was really impressed by this Dutch thriller. Based on a true story and completely gripping, I recommend anyone who doesn't like watching subtitled films to watch this one because I don't and yet didn't mind this in the slightest, in fact, I think it was well made, very absorbing and a good way to spend an hour and a half.
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A fairly run of the mill kidnap drama that has a pretty good performance from an aging Rutger Hauer, it starts off with the immortal tagline, based on true events and plods along pretty slowly, it has some interesting characters and reaches its conclusion with some intensity but, it never elevates beyond that, most of the characters sustain a certain amount of realism , but there isn't really anyone to route for as all the main characters in the film are either horrible people or have no real back story so you just don't care.
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very good film indeed, cant beat a true story and this one comes very close to it. I think Heineken did know the truth about the sale's reps though in which they were encouraged to drink it.
The film leaves you with this thought and it would be hard to dismiss the facts of running a large business.
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This film is not like the beer Heineken, which you could drink all day and night with no effect. But the film has a lot of truth for most of it. I liked the way it came together, until the ending which was very poorly put. This was no where near the truth, they gave up bored and home sick. Not being chaser by locals with machetes. Rutger Haver who is a screen legend, played Mr Heineken to the full, outstanding.
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Very harrowing. Good acting, very realistic and quite frightening that people can kidnap a well known person and keep them in such a miserable place. Good acting by Rutger Hauer.
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