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In Bruges (2008)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  29 February 2008 (USA)
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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
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?


Both Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson were nominated for Golden Globes. Farrell won the award. 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 Calvary (2014) See more »


On Raglan Road
Written by Patrick Kavanagh
Arranged & Performed by The Dubliners
The words of 'On Raglan Road' by Patrick Kavanagh are reprinted by kind permission of the Trustees of the Estate of the late Katherine B. Kavanagh,
through the Jonathan Williams Literary Agency
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User Reviews

What a Great Movie
7 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've used IMDb for years but have never felt the urge to post a review until now. I had the pleasure of attending an advanced screening of this movie in NYC last night to which Colin Farrell attended. I bought the screening tickets just wanting to bring my fiancé to see some celebrities in person while not knowing much about the movie. I figured it would be a "hard-to-understand" foreign, indie film whose humor would be lost on a "dumb American." However, the truth was absolutely the opposite. My hard-to-please fiancé agreed.

The movie is a bit slow for the first half but it's entirely necessary to set the mood and the contrast between that and the second half. That's all I'll say so as not to spoil anything. It is really a great movie. There's comedy, beautiful cinematography, and awesome action scenes, albeit scattered throughout and absent at times when the viewer may be growing weary. I'd highly recommend seeing this movie. It's definitely worth the price of a movie ticket while most of the crap out there these days isn't worth the cost of the paper they print the tickets on.

Let us all know what you think after you see it.

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