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(2008)

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In order to create the feeling of the holiday season, Christmas decorations were kept in some streets of Bruges until the end of March. The town council made an official communication to the people of Bruges explaining the reason why.
In the original script, Ray and Ken are English, but when Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson came on board, the characters were changed to Irish as to suit their natural sensibilities.
Both Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson were nominated for Golden Globes. Farrell won the award.
The painting that occasions comment even from Ray is "The Last Judgment" by Hieronymous Bosch. Bosch-like symbolism recurs throughout the movie (the dwarf is one example), suggesting that Ray and Ken may indeed encounter their own Last Judgment - or that the waiting period in Bruges is akin to purgatory.
Except for the flashback, Ray wears a single outfit throughout the whole movie. While he does remove his jacket and unbutton his shirt, he has no other change of clothes. Ken, on the other hand, has several wardrobe changes.
The word 'fuck' and its derivatives are said 126 times in this 107-minute film, an average of 1.18 'fucks' per minute.
The film has a total of 4 actors who also appeared together in the Harry Potter series: Ralph Fiennes (Harry), who plays Lord Voldemort; Brendan Gleeson (Ken), who plays Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody; Clémence Poésy (Chloe), who plays Fleur Delacour; Ciarán Hinds (The Priest), who plays Aberforth Dumbledore. Fiennes, Gleeson, and Poesy all appear in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), though none of them share dialog together. Fiennes, Gleeson, and Poesy again appear together in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010), while Fiennes, Poesy, and Hinds all appear in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011). Fleur Delacour's re-appearance is also largely due to her marriage to Bill Weasley, who is played by Brendan Gleeson's son, Domhnall Gleeson.
When Ray refers to the dwarf in Time Bandits (1981), he is thinking of actor David Rappaport, who committed suicide in 1990.
When the characters visit Groeningemuseum they are shown viewing paintings "Death and the Miser" by Jan Provoost (ca. 1515), "The Flaying of Sisamnes" by Gerard David (1498), "The martyrdom of St George" by Unknown artist (1500-1510), and "The Last Judgment" by Hieronymus Bosch (1482).
It took two hours to film the brief, uncredited cameo of Ciarán Hinds.
The scene in which Ray and Ken visit the Basilica of the Holy Blood is in fact filmed in the Jerusalem Church, Bruges, although the veneration of the relic discussed is accurate.
In one scene, Ray (Colin Farrell) fires a blank into a thug's eye, blinding it. In Tigerland (2000), Farrell's character fires a blank into a man's eye, but doesn't blind him.
In a deleted scene, Ray is discussing his date with Ken, and when Ken finds out that it will take place at a restaurant, he predicts correctly that it will turn out badly.
Ken and Ray check into the hotel under the names "Cranham & Blakely", presumably after actors Kenneth Cranham and Colin Blakely who played two hit-men in a television adaptation of Harold Pinter's The Dumbwaiter, one of the film's major influences.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The screenplay contains a scene after the shoot out revealing, among other things, that Ray survived his wounds and the murdered boy's name is Tobias.
In a deleted scene, Ray and Ken are lying in their beds discussing Ray's murder of the priest and the little boy. Ray ponders over why he was sent to kill the priest, guessing it was likely pedophilia. Ken counters that Harry was behind a land-buying deal that the priest opposed. These two explanations are coincidentally two different motives that are suggested for the archbishop's murder in Primal Fear (1996).
Ken is never seen killing anyone on-screen (except himself) despite his profession as a hitman. Although given a gun to kill Ray on the orders of Harry over a botched hit, Ken fails to complete this task after preventing Ray's suicide attempt.

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