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Dutch Crime Boss Sues to Prevent Release of Rutger Hauer Film

Rutger Hauer as Freddy Heineken in captivity
Pief Weyman

The convicted criminal Willem Holleeder claims “The Heineken Kidnapping” could damage his reputation.

COLOGNE, Germany – A Dutch court today will rule on whether a new film featuring Blade Runner star Rutger Hauer is unfair to a convicted crime boss.

Willem Holleeder has sued to prevent the release of The Heineken Kidnapping, a drama based on the 1983 kidnapping of brewing executive Freddy Heineken (Hauer). Holleeder was among those convicted of the crime. But he claims director Maarten Treurniet portrays him in an unfair manner and that the film could damage his reputation.

The Heineken Kidnapping is scheduled to bow in the Netherlands next week. The ruling could set an important precedent for future films based on real life events.

Treurniet’s movie depicts the abduction of Heineken and his chauffeur Ab Doderer, who were seized at gunpoint in 1983 and held hostage for three weeks.

Reportedly, the kidnappers were paid a ransom amounting to around $35 million and the pair was released. But then Dutch police carried out a nation-wide manhunt that resulted in the arrest of four men, including Holleeder, allegedly one of the country’s biggest crime bosses.

Holleeder, who is also currently serving a separate jail sentence for extortion, disagrees with the potrayal of his character in the film and is using an injunction to try and block the release.