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The Brothers Grimm (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  26 August 2005 (USA)
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Will and Jake Grimm are traveling con-artists who encounter a genuine fairy-tale curse which requires true courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Petr Ratimec ...
Barbora Lukesová ...
Mother Grimm (as Barbara Lukesova)
Jeremy Robson ...
Radim Kalvoda ...
Martin Hofmann ...
Josef Pepa Nos ...
German War Veteran
Harry Gilliam ...
Stable Boy
Miroslav Táborský ...
Old Miller
Marika Sarah Procházková ...
Miller's Daughter (as Marika Prochazkova)


Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, frightening sequences and brief suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 August 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los hermanos Grimm  »

Box Office


$88,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,092,079 (USA) (26 August 2005)


$513,772 (South Africa) (20 January 2006)

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Did You Know?


The most expensive scene in the movie was cut because it occurred early in the story, and nothing would've been able to top it. In the brothers' first trip in the forest with Angelika, The party is attacked by a tree, which grabs Angelika with a branch and swings her up in the air. The scene's special effects were almost completed before it was cut. It's available on the DVD's Special Features. See more »


When Jacob flies through the tower window and smashes into the floor, the handle of the "metal" ax in his hand bends. See more »


[first lines]
Sister Grimm: Mama, it's so cold.
Mother Grimm: It's very, very cold. Will. Put another log on the fire, lad.
Young Will: There isn't any more firewood, Mama.
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Crazy Credits

At the very start when the MGM lion does his usual roar, he starts as normal but then howls like a wolf. See more »


References M (1931) See more »


Happy Ending
Composed and Performed by Ladislav Horak, Frantisek Matijovsky, Ivo Mrazek,
Josef Vondracek and Lubos Harazin
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highly entertaining
29 August 2005 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Are you familiar with the Grimm fairy tales? Did you like the way "Shakespeare in Love" explained how Shakespeare might have gotten his ideas for "Romeo and Juliet?" Did you like "Shrek?" Are you a fan of Matt Damon or Heath Ledger? Do you think Monica Bellucci is hot? If your answer to any of the above questions is "yes," and you are willing to suspend disbelief (because boy is this movie inconsistent if you actually think about it) this film will provide an entertaining diversion. It's funny, interesting, exciting, and even a little scary (so don't bring your little children if they get scared easily).

The premise - Matt Damon and Heath Ledger are the Brothers Grimm, famous around French-occupied Germany for driving away demons, though they are, in fact, con artists with fancy gadgets and conspirators for special effects. They use the money they collect for their "services" to finance their operations. The French occupying government catches them and sentences them to death, unless they out-con the conman who is causing little girls to disappear in a town alongside the woods. In this town and the neighboring woods are the inspirations for numerous Grimm fairy tales, including Hansel & Gretel, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood.

The characters aren't the most deep of film characters, but they are developed enough to be distinctive and convincing. Will Grimm (Matt Damon) is the brains behind the team, with a very realistic desire to protect his brother, even as he harbors a constant anger at him for blowing the only opportunity to save their little sister's life when they were children. Jake (Heath Ledger) is the dreamer, convinced that there is truth in legend, and that with courage and effort, any problem can be solved. Predictably but not boringly, the two of them provide the perfect team to fight what turns out to be a real-life, magical, evil danger.

The special effects aren't the best; some of the cgi creatures move quite jerkily, but when they're good, they work. The sets are beautiful, and fit the Grimm fairy tale world well. The costumes are likewise gorgeous and apt.

If you think about this film enough to ask questions like, "if evil magic was real, how come the brothers are famous instead of having been discredited the first time they pretended to fight off a real evil presence and it continued to haunt people?" then you will be disappointed. However, if you are willing to suspend disbelief, you'll be in for an entertaining summer popcorn treat.

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