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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)
Sister Grimm
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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And They Lived Happily Ever After See more »

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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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Another Fairy Tale referenced is the Princess & the Pea as is evidenced by the bed the Mirror Queen sleeps on. See more »


At the beginning of the movie, Will rides a gray Andalusian. When he and Jacob ride into the forest with the trapper, Will rides a fat gray mule. Jacob is on the same horse, with no explanation of why Will changed horses. 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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Watered-Down Gilliam Is Better Than No Gilliam
26 August 2005 | by (Belmont, NC) – See all my reviews

Rather than fight yet another war with Hollywood (see: "Brazil", "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen", and "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote"), Terry Gilliam took off his gloves and allowed the Weinsteins and Miramax to force their will upon him. With his new film "Tideland" coming out soon, Gilliam chose to focus his efforts on molding it, while allowing "The Brothers Grimm" to go wherever the studio wanted to take it. The result is by far the most commercial film to Gilliam's name, but in this case watered-down Gilliam is better than no Gilliam, and his first film in seven years ("Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" in 1998) is a fun one.

"The Brothers Grimm" certainly looks like a Terry Gilliam movie, loaded with extravagant visuals and wide angled shots, although the $80 million budget did allow for his first use of CGI (it really isn't too bad, though), and it does not have the incredibly surreal feeling to it that most Gilliam films have. It takes a bit of time to get used to Matt Damon (as Will Grimm) and Heath Ledger, moreso Damon, as Ledger is surprisingly good as Jacob Grimm. The film was much more humorous than I had expected, and has plenty of subtle Gilliam humor. Many will find Peter Stormare' Cavaldi character to be extremely annoying, but I thought he was hilarious, and one of the highlights of the movie. Jonathan Pryce returns to another Gilliam movie as Delatombe, and does a decent job, although his character was a little overly obnoxious at times. Lena Headey is good as Angelika, and Monica Bellucci also pulls off a good performance, although unfortunately she does not get a significant amount of screen time.

The plot of "The Brothers Grimm" wanders a lot, and I actually thought the movie was winding down at around the 90 minute mark, but this works somewhat to the film's advantage, as it makes a fairly straightforward plot seem slightly less predictable. The film is much sillier than the promos may lead to believe, and that probably will not come us much of a surprise to big Gilliam fans. Unlike previous Gilliam movies, however, there really is no substance behind what we see on screen, so what we get is really the first 'popcorn flick' with Gilliam's name on it. Like all Terry Gilliam movies, the reaction will be mixed, and there will be some people who absolutely love it, and some who name it their worst film of the year. As far as I'm concerned, "Grimm" does not hold a candle to Terry Gilliam's previous films, but it is one of the better 'big summer movies', and I certainly felt my time was well spent watching it.

3 stars (out of 4)

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