Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

2015 R 1h 35m Blu-ray / DVD

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Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

2015 R 1h 35m Blu-ray / DVD
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In November 1983, the brazen kidnapping of beer magnate Alfred "Freddy" Heineken made headlines around the world. As recounted in this tense crime drama, Heineken's abductors then made the biggest ransom demand in history.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 2.35:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Kidnapping Mr. Heineken is a thriller based on the real-life 1983 abduction of beer king Freddy Heineken in the Netherlands. But aside from the true-story aspect and a good performance by Anthony Hopkins (as Heineken), the movie isn't very thrilling or involving, and it's likely that few teens will be interested. There's some violence (guns are fired, cars chase and crash, and there's fighting, punching, and shoving), as well as general tension, anxiety, and arguing. Language is very strong, with multiple uses of "f--k," plus many uses of "s--t" and "p---y." Characters drink frequently and smoke cigarettes, typically in social settings or in a background way. One brief scene takes place in a sex shop (the male clerk flirts with one of the guys).

Sexual Content

Brief scene of buying handcuffs in a sex shop; the clerk flirts with the customer.


Guns and shooting, but no victims. Fighting, beating up squatters in a building. Car chases/crashes. General tension, fighting, and anxiety.


Very strong language, including many uses of "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "a--hole," "p---y," "d--k," and "damn," plus "for Christ's sake."

Social Behavior

There's a secondary theme about the corrupting power of money; Heineken says that you can be rich in two ways, with friends or money, but you can't have both.


Heineken beer is mentioned many times, in reference to one of the main characters.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Scenes of social drinking in a pub, plus beer drinking in a background way. Cigarette smoking. References to Freddy Heineken being a famous maker of beer.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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