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In Bruges (2008)

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Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rudy Blomme ...
Film Director
Ann Elsley ...
Jean-Marc Favorin ...
Policeman (as Jean Mark Favorin)
Sachi Kimura ...
Louis Nummy ...
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London based hit men Ray and Ken are told by their boss Harry Waters to lie low in Bruges, Belgium for up to two weeks following their latest hit, which resulted in the death of an innocent bystander. Harry will be in touch with further instructions. While they wait for Harry's call, Ken, following Harry's advice, takes in the sights of the medieval city with great appreciation. But the charms of Bruges are lost on the simpler Ray, who is already despondent over the innocent death, especially as it was his first job. Things change for Ray when he meets Chloe, part of a film crew shooting a movie starring an American dwarf named Jimmy. When Harry's instructions arrive, Ken, for whom the job is directed, isn't sure if he can carry out the new job, especially as he has gained a new appreciation of life from his stay in the fairytale Bruges. While Ken waits for the inevitable arrival into Bruges of an angry Harry, who feels he must clean up matters on his own, Ray is dealing with his own ... Written by Huggo

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dwarf | guilt | bruges | irish | death | See All (375) »


Shoot first. Sightsee later.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 February 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

In Bruges  »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$457,227, 10 February 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,757,130, 15 June 2008
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Bruges" is from the Flemish "Brugge," which is based on the Dutch word "Brug" meaning port or bridge. See more »


The stationery of the hotel where Ken and Ray are staying has the hotel name as "De Rozenkransje - Brugge". Brugge being the Flemish name for the town of Bruges. Even a fictitious Belgian hotel would never be named like that, because the article is incorrect. 'Rozenkrans', meaning Rosary, would indeed have the article 'de'. However, 'Rozenkransje' is the diminutive and as such would always have 'Het' as the article. Even for proficient but non-native Flemish/Dutch speakers, this is a commonly made mistake. See more »


[first lines]
Ray: After I killed them, I dropped the gun in the Thames, washed the residue off me hands in the bathroom of a Burger King, and walked home to await instructions. Shortly thereafter the instructions came through. "Get the fuck out of London, youse dumb fucks. Get to Bruges." I didn't even know where Bruges fucking was.
Ray: It's in Belgium.
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Crazy Credits

In the on-screen credits, Kathy Heaser is listed twice as Graphic Designer. See more »


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Brandy Alexander
Written by Hamilton Leithauser (as Leithauser) / Walter Martin (as Martin) / Matt Barrick (as Barrick) / Paul Maroon (as Maroon) / Peter Bauer (as Bauer)
Performed by The Walkmen
Courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd
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Fantastic mix of humour and brutality!
9 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Well, to be honest I wasn't sure what to expect from this film, nor am I fan of Colin Farrell, in fact I really didn't like him at all previously....but now I have a new found respect for him and with Gleason and Fienes both in excellent form coupled with a very quick and witty script and some surprisingly violent scenes, this film really has something for everyone (except the young kids).

I go to see 2 or 3 movies every week and this is just about the best one I've seen since Last King of Scotland and The Departed came out a couple of years back.


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