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Writers:
Andrew Rai Berzins
Anonymous (epic poem "Beowulf")
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Release Date:
9 March 2006 (Thailand) See more »
Tagline:
The Hero. The Monster. The Myth. See more »
Plot:
The blood-soaked tale of a Norse warrior's battle against the great and murderous troll, Grendel. Out of allegiance to the King Hrothgar... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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From Sheepskin to Celluloid See more (157 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Hringur Ingvarsson ... Young Grendel

Spencer Wilding ... Grendel's Father

Stellan Skarsgård ... Hrothgar

Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson ... Grendel (as Ingvar E. Sigurdsson)
Gunnar Eyjólfsson ... Aeschere

Gerard Butler ... Beowulf

Philip Whitchurch ... Fisherman

Ronan Vibert ... Thorkel

Rory McCann ... Breca

Tony Curran ... Hondscioh

Martin Delaney ... Thorfinn
Mark Lewis ... King Hygelac
Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir ... Sea Hag

Ólafur Darri Ólafsson ... Unferth

Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir ... Wealtheow (as Steinunn Ólína Thorsteinsdóttir)

Sarah Polley ... Selma

Eddie Marsan ... Father Brendan

Gísli Örn Garðarsson ... Erik (as Gísli Örn Gardarsson)
Gunnar Hansson ... Grimur
Benedikt Clausen ... Selma's Child
Steindór Andersen ... Snorri

Matt John Evans ... Geat Warrior
Jon Einarsson Gustafsson ... Geat Warrior (as Jon Gustafsson)
Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson ... Guard (as Thröstur Leó Gunnarsson)
Arnór Hákonarson ... Rock Throwing Kid
Þórður Helgi Guðjónsson ... Rock Throwing Kid (as Thórdur Helgi Gudjónsson)
Kristín Hrönn Gunnarsdóttir ... Dead Woman (as Kristín Gunnarsdóttir)
Daði Freyr Guðjónsson ... Woman's Child (as Dadi Freyr Gudjónsson)
Egill Ólafsson ... Necrophile (as Ólafur Egill Ólafsson)
Helgi Björnsson ... Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Ellione ... Dead Guard (uncredited)
Sigurdur Mar Halldorsson ... Geat Musician (uncredited)
Helgi Marteinn Ingason ... Geat (uncredited)
Tómas Axel Ragnarsson ... Geat (uncredited)

Guðmundur Karl Sigurdórsson ... Dead Guard (uncredited)
Bárður Smárason ... Geat (uncredited)
Bryjar Ágústsson ... Geat (uncredited)

Directed by
Sturla Gunnarsson 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anonymous  epic poem "Beowulf"
Andrew Rai Berzins 

Produced by
Andreas Bajohra .... post producer
Andrew Rai Berzins .... co-producer
Michael Cowan .... producer (as Michael Lionello Cowan)
Friðrik Þór Friðriksson .... executive producer (as Fridrik Thor Fridriksson)
Sturla Gunnarsson .... producer
Gary Hamilton .... producer
Douglas Hansen .... associate producer (as Douglar E. Hansen)
Peter James .... executive producer
Eric Jordan .... producer
Anna María Karlsdóttir .... producer
Alex Marshall .... executive producer
Jason Piette .... producer
James Simpson .... executive producer
Paul Stephens .... producer
James D. Stern .... executive producer
Mark Winemaker .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson 
 
Cinematography by
Jan Kiesser 
 
Film Editing by
Jeff Warren 
 
Casting by
Pam Dixon 
 
Production Design by
Árni Páll Jóhannsson 
 
Costume Design by
Debra Hanson 
 
Makeup Department
Nick Dudman .... makeup effects designer
Claire Green .... assistant foam runner
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Daniel Parker .... make-up and hair designer
Lesley Smith .... key hair stylist
Lesley Smith .... key makeup artist
Paul Spateri .... sfx make-up supervisor
Jenny Weight .... makeup effects coordinator
 
Production Management
Kate Dain .... unit production manager: UK
John Harcourt .... post-production supervisor
Jennifer Macleod .... post-production supervisor
Martin Schlüter .... production manager
Lisa Gilbert Thomas .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jordana Lieberman .... third assistant director
Grant Lucibello .... second assistant director
Wendy Ord .... first assistant director
Kristie Sills .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Thorfinnur Karlsson .... carpenter
Robert J. Lewis .... storyboard artist
Simon Morrissey .... property master
 
Sound Department
Steph Carrier .... sound re-recording mixer
Kathy Choi .... assistant sound editor
John Elliot .... foley assistant
Barry Gilmore .... dialogue editor
Ása Björg Ingimarsdóttir .... assistant sound
William B. Kaplan .... sound mixer
Garrett Kerr .... adr editor
Ingvar Lundberg .... adr recordist
David McCallum .... supervising dialogue & adr editor
Simon Okin .... sound
David Rose .... sound editor
Lou Solakofski .... sound re-recording mixer
Vanesa Lorena Tate .... adr supervisor
Jane Tattersall .... supervising sound editor
David Yonson .... adr mixer
 
Special Effects by
Barry Best .... mold maker
Nick Dudman .... creature effects designer
Claire Green .... assistant moldmaker
Mark White .... floor supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Jon Campfens .... visual effects supervisor: Switch VFX
Bernadette Couture .... dustbuster
Gudrun Heinze .... digital compositor
Safiya Ravat .... digital compositor
Chris Wallace .... DI colourist
Aleksandar Yochkolovski .... visual effects supervisor
Motassem Younes .... digital opticals
 
Stunts
Ben Dimmock .... stunts
Rick English .... stunt double: Gerard Butler
Rick English .... stunt performer
Jason Hunjan .... stunt performer
Luke Kearney .... stunt double
Mike Lambert .... stunt performer
Roberto Lopez .... stunt performer
Jamie Millington .... stunts
Ray Nicholas .... assistant stunt coordinator
Peter Pedrero .... stunt coordinator
Curtis Rivers .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jacob Barrie .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jason Coop .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Peter Davies .... generator operator
Simon De Glanville .... camera trainee
Gary Deneault .... gaffer
Christian Drennan .... key grip
Michael Flood .... best boy electric
Michael Flood .... rigging gaffer
Ásgrímur Guðbjartsson .... grip
Goði Már Guðbjörnsson .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Livingstone .... best boy grip
Fridrik Orn .... still photographer
Gordon Segrove .... first assistant camera: "b" camera dailies
Ingvar Stefánsson .... electrician
Dean Thompson .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Nick Wall .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Deirdre Bowen .... casting: Canada
Buffy Hall .... casting: UK
Vicky Wildman .... casting: UK
Sigrún Sól Ólafsdóttir .... casting: Iceland
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brawn Barber .... leather work: The Schmitthenner Armory
Robyn Rosenberg .... costume set supervisor
Michael Shire .... armour costumer: Valentine Armouries
Robert Valentine .... armour costumer: Valentine Armouries
Maria Valles .... key wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Nick Iannelli .... digital intermediate producer
Alexandra Kosevic .... post-production coordinator
Arthur Montreuil .... color timer
Dave Muscat .... digital intermediate editorial
Catherine Rankin .... negative cutter
Michelle Szemberg .... first assistant editor
Chris Wallace .... digital intermediate colorist
 
Music Department
Ivana Jeftic .... music supervisor
James Shearman .... conductor
Hilary Skewes .... musician contractor
 
Transportation Department
Hilmar Thor Arnason .... transportation
Erik Hirt .... transportation coordinator: Iceland
 
Other crew
Cynthia Amsden .... unit publicist
Kim Ballard .... head of production finance
Shirine Best .... development assistant
Mel Churcher .... dialogue coach
Linda Gibson .... script supervisor
Osk Gunnlaugsdottir .... assistant to director
Jon Einarsson Gustafsson .... epk director
Jon Einarsson Gustafsson .... web director
Mel Hider .... assistant: Mr. Cowan and Mr. Piette
Susan R. Jones .... production coordinator
Emily Kyriakides .... assistant to producer: UK
Marcia Leeder .... assistant production coordinator
Elena Miles .... personal assistant to producer: Spice Factory
Lucy Shuttleworth .... development executive
Arnþruður Dögg Sigurðardóttir .... locations department
Sigrún Sól Ólafsdóttir .... cast coordinator
Guðmundur Karl Sigurdórsson .... adr voice (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality
Runtime:
Canada:103 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:103 min
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Did You Know?

Goofs:
Continuity: When the priest is on his knees praying at night, Grendel steps up behind him twice (from two different angles).See more »
Quotes:
Beowulf:Leave here troll, or stay and meet your doom!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Wrath of Gods (2006)See more »

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160 out of 193 people found the following review useful.
From Sheepskin to Celluloid, 11 October 2005
Author: callmomrad from United States

Breath-taking scenery, strong performances and an unexpected message come together in Sturla Gunnarsson's Beowulf & Grendel. Forget the dusty, inaccessible saga that may have been forced upon you in High School or as a College Freshman in English Lit! New life is breathed into Beowulf, the oldest text of recorded English, first set to sheepskin in 1000 A.D. after 500 years of survival through oral tradition. The acclaimed Canadian director of Rare Birds stays true to the bones of what undoubtedly started as a campfire story of a battle between Man and Monster without resorting to CGI or other special effects. Instead, he relies on the talents of an impressive international cast and an intelligent screenplay against the backdrop of a stunningly primal Icelandic landscape upon which no human had set foot in 800 years. You won't need Cliffs Notes to understand this examination of who and what defines "Other-ness" and how it is treated. The knee-jerk fear factor response is as prevalent today as it was in the early Viking slice-of-life portrayed.

Beowulf & Grendel owes as much to John Gardner's Grendel as it does to the Beowulf epic. The roles of Hero and Monster do not so much embody intrinsic Good and Evil as reflect qualities attributed to their assigned archetypes. How and why we assign those roles is at the heart of the first-ever serious adaptation of the anonymous poem. The movie systematically leads us through a labyrinth of History, Cultures, the psycho-social reaction to Outsiders and the unfortunate results of those actions to the inescapable conclusion that we are not so different from one another. The ensuing Logic would then dictate that War is merely a lazy solution to a problem better addressed by examining our own psyches.

Beowulf is portrayed with astonishing depth by the Scottish actor, Gerard Butler, who is accumulating an impressive array of credits from Attila (the highest-rated U.S. mini-series) to Phantom of the Opera (the lavish 2005 Musical) to Dear Frankie (the award-winning independent Scottish film), to name a few. As always, he throws himself whole-heartedly, thoughtfully, and more important, believably, into the role of Hero, which in less-capable hands might be one-dimensional. Even the screenwriter, Andrew Berzins, was both surprised and impressed by the levels to which Mr. Butler plumbed the character "all in his facial expressions." Rising above his mastery of brooding good looks through tangled locks of hair, he manages to have us look through his eyes, rather than at his eyes - no mean feat for someone who is undeniably easy on the eyes! Beowulf emerges as the antithesis of the later Danish Prince, Hamlet, who is so introspective that he is paralyzed into inaction. In contrast, Beowulf willingly accepts the yoke of the traditional Hero and initially and immediately acts without thinking. He recognizes his Destiny in this life and beyond, stating, "I'll go where I'm sent!" He does not, however, stop there. Delving into the reasons behind his mission, he becomes a relentless, if uneasy, historical detective, needing to unearth the cause of the troll/monster Grendel's savagery.

The Hero's journey, punctuated by pre-destined acts of violence, is one in which we participate and evolve along with Beowulf, with the assistance of the witch, Selma (appropriately ambiguously played by the popular Canadian actress, Sarah Polley). Although she and Beowulf do pair off at one point, theirs is not really a romantic connection. She serves as a sort of conduit between Beowulf and Grendel, leveling the playing field between them.

Grendel is splendidly brought to heartbreaking life by Iceland's biggest Star, Ingvar Sigurdsson. Interestingly, his 4-year-old son makes a very credible acting debut as the young Grendel, orphaned in no uncertain terms at the start of the movie and laying the foundation for the carnage to come. Harking more to Gardner's Grendel than the unremittingly bloodthirsty troll of the original poem, Mr. Sigurdsson manages to express both the innocence and tragedy of Grendel with gusto, exploring his un-human characteristics without judgment. It is a tribute to his talent that rather than being horrified by a scene in which we see Grendel bowling with victims' severed heads, we identify with the spirit of pure Joy breaking through a monster's lonely existence.

Providing a context for the Hero/Monster mythos is a superb cast of supporting characters. Stellan Skarsgard is the alcoholic Danish king Hrothgar, not only unwilling to accept responsibility for the scourge of Grendel, but not even wanting to consider "why a f***ing troll does what a f***ing troll does." Eddie Marsden plays the foaming-at-the-mouth crazed Irish Catholic priest, Brendan, heralding the advent of Christianity and the desire of a people to unburden themselves of any and all accountability for their actions. And Ronan Vibert embodies the equivalent of modern day mass media as the Bard, Thorkel, through whom the saga is transformed (over Beowulf's objections) into a revisionist history which does not bear close examination. As Martin Delaney notes as the young warrior, Thorfinn, what we are left with are "tales of sh*t." The old Beowulf is not gone. The tone of the original oral tradition is maintained by Berzins' strict adherence to Anglo-Saxon and Norse root words and an ongoing thread of bawdy humor against a relentless musical score rife with tribal drums. The comic relief serves, as in Shakespeare's tragedies, to lighten and make palatable the raw impact of some harsh realities revealed. But a new Beowulf & Grendel rises from the ashes. This blood and guts epic, with its undeniably spiritual undercurrent, balances swordplay with word play, and the audience is left to draw their own conclusions in the bloody aftermath. The tag line, "Heads will roll!" refers not only to the blood-soaked battle scenes, but to the thought processes set in motion that will leave you re-evaluating concepts of and motives behind Love, Loyalty, and War long after you leave the theater.

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