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Beowulf & Grendel (2005)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  9 March 2006 (Thailand)
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In Denmark, during the 6th century, Danish king Hrothgar and his warriors kill a troll whose son, Grendel, vows revenge.

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Hringur Ingvarsson ...
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Grendel (as Ingvar E. Sigurdsson)
Gunnar Eyjólfsson ...
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Fisherman
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Thorkel
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Breca
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Thorfinn
Mark Lewis ...
King Hygelac
Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir ...
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Wealtheow (as Steinunn Ólína Thorsteinsdóttir)
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Storyline

The blood-soaked tale of a Norse warrior's battle against the great and murderous troll, Grendel. Out of allegiance to the King Hrothgar, the much respected Lord of the Danes, Beowulf leads a troop of warriors across the sea to rid a village of the marauding monster. The monster, Grendel, is not a creature of mythic powers, but one of flesh and blood - immense flesh and raging blood, driven by a vengeance from being wronged, while Beowulf, a victorious soldier in his own right, has become increasingly troubled by the hero-myth rising up around his exploits. Beowulf's willingness to kill on behalf of Hrothgar wavers when it becomes clear that the King is more responsible for the troll's rampages than was first apparent. As a soldier, Beowulf is unaccustomed to hesitating. His relationship with the mesmerizing witch, Selma, creates deeper confusion. Swinging his sword at a great, stinking beast is no longer such a simple act. The story is set in barbarous Northern Europe where the reign... Written by Roundstone Communications

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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$4,360 (USA) (16 June 2006)

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$66,851 (USA) (11 August 2006)
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In 1731, the original manuscript that the movie is based on was severely damaged by fire, along with several other medieval writings, in London UK. See more »

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At the beginning, when Grendel's father is running with his son in his arms, it is clearly a dummy. See more »

Quotes

Beowulf: Has this thing, this troll, killed any children?
King Hrothgar: No.
Beowulf: Women?
[Hrothgar shakes his head]
Beowulf: Old men?
King Hrothgar: What are you saying? That he fights with a clean heart? He kills the strongest first. He shows us he can kill the strongest. Who cares if he spares the children? They'll die anyway without fathers.
Beowulf: My wits still war with how this all began.
King Hrothgar: Hate for the mead hall. I can only guess. The night we finished it the foul creep came.
Beowulf: So, nothing was done to the troll itself?
King Hrothgar: Oh, Beowulf, it's a fucking troll...
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An Excellent Movie
31 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw this fascinating bit of cinema at the "Vancouver International Film Festival", and I have to say that I was impressed.

Not only was the filming location simply breath-taking, but the whole film seemed to capture the essence of the primitive time and it's people. A fine achievement in cinematography, wonderfully bereft of CGI. One can tell that the director and the actors put their whole heart's and soul's into this memorable work.

The classical tale of "Beowulf" can be a bit of a dry read, especially in it's original form of Old English. I found this movie to be a refreshing retelling of the original piece, with a much more human element added. The background of Grendel is thoroughly explored and the character of Beowulf is flushed out, so that he is no longer a one dimensional character as in the writings.

Good or Evil. Black or White or Shades of Grey? The movie delves into the eternal question of who is our foe and why do we fight? It is a very important question to ask and to ask often, especially in this modern day.

I am hopeful that this movie will see distribution, not only in Canada but in the US and other countries. With all the mindless drivel being released as of late, a thoughtful and well executed movie would be sheer delight to behold.


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