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In Bruges (2008)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  18 April 2008 (UK)
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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:
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Rudy Blomme ...
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Film Director
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Overweight Man
Ann Elsley ...
Overweight Woman #2
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Ray
Jean-Marc Favorin ...
Policeman (as Jean Mark Favorin)
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Ken
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Canadian Guy
Sachi Kimura ...
Imamoto
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Denise
Louis Nummy ...
Harry's child #3
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Storyline

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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Shoot first. Sightsee later.

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

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18 April 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Escondidos en Brujas  »

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£343,760 (UK) (7 March 2008)

Gross:

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

When Pieter Lanchals was executed in 1488, Maximillian of Austria's punishment was that Bruges keep swans forever. See more »

Goofs

When Ray tells Ken that they are in the Basilica of the Holy Blood, named after a phial of Christ's blood brought back from the Crusades, they are not. They are in the Jeruzalemkerk, a private church built in the 15th century as a mausoleum for a wealthy merchant's family. The Basilica is the most visited church in Bruges. See more »

Quotes

[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.
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Ray: It's in Belgium.
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References Don't Look Now (1973) See more »

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That Time
Written by Regina Spektor
Performed by Regina Spektor
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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.

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