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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 ...
Olivier Bonjour ...
Film Director
Overweight Man
Ann Elsley ...
Overweight Woman #2
Jean-Marc Favorin ...
Policeman (as Jean Mark Favorin)
Canadian Guy
Sachi Kimura ...
Anna Madeley ...
Louis Nummy ...
Harry's child #3


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Shoot first. Sightsee later.


Comedy | Crime | Drama

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:

Escondidos en Brujas  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$457,227 (USA) (8 February 2008)


$7,757,130 (USA) (13 June 2008)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


A scene was filmed which showed a young Harry brutally killing a police officer whilst in custody. This does not appear in the finished film. 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 »


Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.15 (2012) See more »


That Time
Written by Regina Spektor
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Courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd
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User Reviews

Plenty of Alcoves in Bruges
9 February 2008 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Award winning playwright Martin McDonagh brings his amazing writing talents to the big screen and scores with his first turn as a feature film director. The city of Bruges (yes, in Belgium) is the perfect setting for the multi-layered story. Its well preserved medieval architecture is like an character unto itself.

Colin Farrell delivers by far his best performance to date. He is funny, dangerous, sexy and emotional throughout. This is exceptional acting from a guy who tends to disappoint. Of course, it helps to have magnificent writing and this one most certainly delivers on that front. The dialogue is quirky and quick ... so tune in early.

Strong work also from Brendon Gleeson, who all will recognize from "Gangs of New York" and the Harry Potter series. He is a tough guy with a streak of humanity. The third piece of the puzzle is Ralph Fiennes as the mastermind bad guy. The supporting work is fine from Jordan Prentice as the dwarf actor (sadly Mr. Prentice is most famous for playing Howard the Duck) and a very cute Clemence Poesy as Farrell's odd love interest.

Very few writers can write dialogue like this and even fewer can juggle as many layers without making a film seem busy, crowded or forced. Hopefully Mr. McDonagh will bring more of his work to the big screen ... he certainly adds a touch of class!

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