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The Brothers Grimm (2005)

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Will and Jake Grimm are traveling con-artists who encounter a genuine fairy-tale curse which requires true courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms.

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Terry Gilliam

Writer:

Ehren Kruger
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Petr Ratimec Petr Ratimec ... Young Will
Barbora Lukesová ... Mother Grimm (as Barbara Lukesova)
Anna Rust ... Sister Grimm
Jeremy Robson Jeremy Robson ... Young Jacob
Matt Damon ... Wilhelm Grimm
Heath Ledger ... Jacob Grimm
Radim Kalvoda ... Gendarme
Martin Hofmann ... Gendarme
Josef Pepa Nos Josef Pepa Nos ... German War Veteran
Harry Gilliam Harry Gilliam ... Stable Boy
Miroslav Táborský ... Old Miller
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Mayor
Marika Sarah Procházková ... Miller's Daughter (as Marika Prochazkova)
Mackenzie Crook ... Hidlick
Richard Ridings ... Bunst
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Storyline

Widely known for their valiant acts of supernatural bravado, the bogus ghost-busters, Wilhelm and Jacob, or the Brothers Grimm, try their best to banish all sorts of evil in early-19th-century French-occupied Germany. For the right amount of money, the intrepid charlatans pretend to rid superstitious villages of its local ghouls or witches, until disturbing rumours about missing children in the small village of Marbaden start to spread like wildfire. Now--exposed by the French governor and Napoleon's general, Delatombe--the shameless duo of alleged paranormal fighters will have to prove their worth, and, for the first time in their entire career, do battle with a genuine malevolent force. However, can the utterly unprepared boys confront the real deal? Above all, can the Brothers Grimm clear their name? Written by Nick Riganas

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, frightening sequences and brief suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los hermanos Grimm See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$88,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,093,000, 28 August 2005

Gross USA:

$37,916,267

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,316,267
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie contains 4 actors/actresses from the hit-series Game of Thrones (2011), starring Roger Ashton-Griffiths (Mayor) as Mace Tyrell, Jonathan Pryce (Delatombe) as High Sparrow, Mackenzie Crook (Hidlick) as Orell and Lena Headey (Angelika) as Cersei Lannister. See more »

Goofs

Gioachino Rossini's "La Gazza Ladra/The Thieving Magpie" and Johannes Brahms' Cradle Lullaby are heard in the film, set in 1811. "La Gazza Ladra" was composed in 1817, and Brahms wasn't born until 1833. The songs are for our benefit, and are not heard by the characters. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sister Grimm: Mama, it's so cold.
Mother Grimm: It's very, very cold. Will. Put another log on the fire, lad.
Young Will: There isn't any more firewood, Mama.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, a howling wolf can be heard over the Dimension Films tiger logo stylized to look a bit like the MGM roaring lion. See more »

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References M (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1886) (uncredited)
Music by Effie I. Canning
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In a World of Magic and Fairytale, They Bring Happy End
19 August 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1811, in a French occupied Germany, the crooks Brothers Grimm pretend to fight against evil witches and monsters to make money. However, they are arrested by Cavaldi (Peter Stormare) and General Delatombe (Jonathan Pryce), but they have a chance to redeem themselves in the village of Marbaden, where ten young girls have vanished. Will (Matt Damon) and Jacob (Heath Ledger) are guided by the local Angelika (Lena Headey) through an enchanted forest where they face the evil Mirror Queen (Monica Bellucci) that depends on the sacrifice of twelve girls in the eclipse to stay beautiful and young.

"The Brothers Grimm" is an underrated dark fable, homage to the authors of a great number of fairy tales, the Brothers Grimm. The first point that calls the attention of this make-believe story is the magnificent cinematography and special effects. The story is original, funny and full of action, but not recommended for children, since it is too dark and Gothic. The personalities of Will and Jacob are not well-defined, since they begin the story as despicable con-men and end like heroes. The screenplay could have developed them further. Lena Headey and Monica Bellucci are extremely beautiful, as usual, and they have good performances. I am a fan of Terry Gilliam and in my opinion the evaluation of his direction in this movie is unfair in many reviews. The high-quality and wonderful pack of the Brazilian DVD released by Europa Distributor deserves a note in my review, being one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Os Irmãos Grimm" ("The Grimm Brothers")


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