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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?


According to Matt Damon, Terry Gilliam had a prosthetic made for him, but the studio didn't want the actor to wear it. See more »


When the blob of mud is chases Sasha, the extras in the background disappear and re-appear several times. 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 end of the movie when the people are dancing the words 'And they live happily ever after' appear directly followed by a scream of the mirror queen and the words "Well...maybe not" See more »


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Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1886) (uncredited)
Music by Effie I. Canning
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Gilliam does Hollywood ...
5 September 2005 | by (Bromsgrove, England) – See all my reviews

Being a fan of both good old-fashioned fantasy movies and of director Terry Gilliam, I was really looking forward to this one. I was slightly put off when I heard Gilliam's complaints about the constant interference of the Brothers Weinstein, but the director does have a history of being dissatisfied with the production of projects which actually turn out pretty good in the end, so my hopes were still pretty high.

Rather than being a historical biography of the famous authors, this is a fantastic make-believe story of the possible inspirations behind the stories of the Brothers Grimm. The brothers travel around Europe working as con artists, fooling simple peasants into believing they are witch-hunters and monster slayers. However, when they are captured by a French general and sent to investigate a town which is believed to have been targeted by similar con-men, they discover that there may be some truth behind the fairy tales. The very woods surrounding the town seem to be alive, a big, bad wolf stalks through the darkness and an evil power seems to emanate from a mysterious ancient tower ...

So, Gilliam tries his hand at doing a commercial summer blockbuster. And the results are, well, interesting. Primarily he shows that he can produce some great action sequences, and there are some really great visual ideas here, many of which I'll admit are entirely thanks to top-notch CGI work. These are the moments when the director's creative magic appears to shine through, and there's enough of them to make this movie worth watching. Overall it does feel strangely derivative for a Gilliam movie, but I suppose that's to be expected when he sacrifices creative control to the studio. In the past I've heard that Gilliam simply sees himself as a "hired hand" on such projects.

However, where it fails is in the mixture of action and drama, in repeatedly placing it's characters in peril whilst also making us care about them. Unfortunately this has been a problem in a lot of these big-budget fantasy/action movies lately, including last years equivalent -- "Van Helsing". The other movie with which this shares a lot in common is Tim Burton's Gothic horror "Sleepy Hollow", which was far superior to either. The main problem with the "Brothers Grimm" is that there's little to no character development in the first hour of the movie, and then almost all of the conflict between the characters is suddenly introduced in one scene. This is what we call bad pacing. And the way the characters are written seems somewhat inconsistent (although both Damon and Ledger manage to turn in decent performances all the same), and we never really get a "feel" for their personalities.

For your average light-hearted Hollywood fantasy, this is perfectly fine. But from a director with a history of making fascinating, important works of surreal art, this is somewhat short of what you'd expect.

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