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An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 7.5/10 (6,471 voted)

Director: Morten Tyldum

Stars: Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.

Writers: Lars Gudmestad, Ulf Ryberg

Aksel Hennie - Roger Brown
Synnøve Macody Lund - Diana Brown
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau - Clas Greve
Julie R. Ølgaard - Lotte (as Julie Ølgaard)
Kyrre Haugen Sydness - Jeremias Lander
Reidar Sørensen - Brede Sperre
Nils Jørgen Kaalstad - Stig
Joachim Rafaelsen - Brugd
Gunnar Skramstad Johnsen - Monsen 1
Lars Skramstad Johnsen - Monsen 2
Signe Tynning - Morning Show Hostess
Baard Owe - Sindre Aa
Daniel Bratterud - Vakt
Nils Gunnar Lie - Morning Show Host
Eivind Sander - Ove Kjikerud

Release Date: 26 August 2011

Filming Locations: Nittedal, Norway

Box Office Details

Budget: NOK 30,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $1,690,000 (Norway) (26 August 2011) (239 Screens)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The film features several references and tributes to Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy. Diana watches the second film from the trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire, on TV the night Roger comes home late. Also, aerial shots from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo were used to fill in some missing scenes. One of the clips features a car driving over a bridge. The car from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was digitally replaced with the car Roger Brown drives in this film.

Errors in geography: When Roger Brown returns to Oslo after the car crash he is seen calling from a pay phone in Grønnland Bustterminal, in the next shot he is seen walking over a bridge towards the bus station.

User Review

Smart, intelligent, engaging and surprisingly witty Headhunters

Rating: 9/10

At first I have to say I read the novel of which this movie is based upon, "Headhunters" by Jo Nesbø, two years ago. A thriller I liked quite a lot. Usually a novel is better than the film. Well, here Morten Tyldum (Acclaimed films as "Buddy" and a short in "Most people usually live in China"), succeeded in making a film just as interesting and exciting as the book.

Nesbø's writing is interesting. This is most probably who Jo Nesbø's first movie adaption of his series of novels with Harry Hole will be directed by Martin Scorsese, on Nesbø's demand - his favourite director.

Actually I still kept being surprised as the movie went along. Not only because I can't remember all details in the book, but simply because the movie has a pace and also from time to time action-clipping which makes you feel poor Roger Brown's disasters. The handcraft is beautifully done. As simple as that.

Actually this film was sold to more than 50 distributors in just as many countries before it even premiered in Norway. Probably both to the novel writers Jo Nesbø's for the latter years has become world acclaimed and compared to Stieg Larsson, buy maybe also due to director Morten Tyldums merits so far. Of course also credit to the producers, managing to sell on a promise!?

Mark Wahlberg has said he was stunned by the film, and is now to make an American remake of it, with himself as Roger. Which, of course, is not at all needed. The original is as good as it gets.

Well, back to the story. Roger Brown is a self-obtained headhunter for big companies, which has to steal art on the side to keep his woman happy. Or at least he think he has to do so. He has all the right connections, until he starts stealing from the wrong guy, while headhunting him as a new boss to a successful company. A former mercenary, or different kind of headhunter, he's turning out to be. When he understands that his greed has gotten him into trouble, he really finds out what it is, being headhunted.

Both Aksel Hennie and Nicolai Coaster-Waldau is perfectly cast for this movie. Synnøve Macody Lund does a decent job in her debut-role, as do the rest of the cast. Fun also to see that real working police-chiefs are attending the police press conference in the movie. Didn't know that even was in question. This actually makes both an in-joke as well as making the plot believable.

It will surprise me if this film doesn't get a remake in Hollywood in less than two years. Not that is'll be that good, or even necessary. But that's how the Hollywood-world is, nowadays.

No doubt, the script is good. So is in all aspects the rest of the film as well. The film is smart, intelligent, surprising witty, and will engage you all the way through, both as a good story as well as a love story or a thriller. How much more do you want?

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