Based on crime journalist Peter R. De Vries’ account of what has been dubbed as “the most notorious kidnapping of the 21st century,” “Kidnapping Freddy Heineken” explores the abduction of Dutch billionaire brewery magnate Freddy Heineken.
Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins is Freddy Heineken, heir and driving force of the Heineken empire and one of the richest men in the world. While in captivity, Heineken demonstrated the same will, resourcefulness and drive that took him to the top of the business world – skills that kept him alive.
Cor van Hout (Jim Sturgess), the enigmatic leader and strategist of the gang of four, unknown to police at the time, leads an audacious plan to kidnap Heineken, resulting in the largest ransom ever paid for a kidnapped individual.
The majority of the ransom money has to this day never been recovered. Police never revealed the clue that led them to Cor, his best friend Willem (Sam Worthington) and the gang. After they divided the cash, they never met together as a group again.
Written by Brookfield and directed by Daniel Alfredson, the crime thriller “Kidnapping Freddy Heineken” also stars Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten, Tom Cocquerel, Jemima West and Mark Van Eewuwn. Director Daniel Alfredson, best known for his directorial helm of “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest” brings to the fore a crime thriller as chilling as it was executed.
A true story and the ultimate heist movie, “Kidnapping Freddy Heineken” will finally open very soon in theaters this March 6 from Axinite Digicinema.