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Beowulf & Grendel (2005)

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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... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hringur Ingvarsson ...
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Grendel's Father
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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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Hondscioh
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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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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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beowulf | troll | king | sword | battle | See more »

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

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9 March 2006 (Thailand)  »

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A Lenda de Grendel  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$66,851 (USA) (11 August 2006)
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When the priest is talking to Beowulf on the morning after his arrival in Daneland, his staff goes from being clenched in his hands, to resting against his shoulder in between shots. 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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Bizarre, beautiful tale

I was fortunate enough to see the world premiere of this film in Toronto last month. I expected it to be unusual, and it certainly was! The story of Beowulf is an ancient one, and told beautifully and powerfully in this amazing cast lead by the incomparable Gerard Butler. The Icelandic landscape lent the perfect backdrop to this gripping story of a man (Beowulf) who is drawn into a terrible situation of revenge and retribution, which turns out to be far more complicated than he had initially imagined. Butler is simply excellent in the role, his mix of sheer masculinity and intelligence the perfect combination for the complex character he portrays. The only part I was not thrilled about was Sarah Polley- who's Canadian accent really stood out amid the mix of Scottish, English and Scandinavian accents. I thought her character, while crucial to the plot, was a little too modern in some respects, and her inability (or perhaps reluctance) to attempt a modicum of an accent really stood out for me. Minor detail I know, and in the big scheme of things not a big deal. Is it worth seeing? Absolutely!!! It's quite violent, so be warned- not for the faint of heart.


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