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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

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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

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage. Written by Anonymous

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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:

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Box Office

Budget:

$88,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,092,079, 28 August 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,916,267, 20 October 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,316,267
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1.85 : 1
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Matt Damon and Heath Ledger were originally cast in opposite roles. They petitioned and switched their roles. 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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Referenced in Leroy (2007) See more »

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Happy Ending
Composed and Performed by Ladislav Horak, Frantisek Matijovsky, Ivo Mrazek,
Josef Vondracek and Lubos Harazin
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So there is a use to enchantment!
2 September 2005 | by muffingoddess38See all my reviews

I don't think myself overly literary for reading Bruno Bettelheim's "The Uses of Enchantment," but forgive me for being obscure. In his book, Bettelheim analyzes common fairy tales for their underlying psychological and cultural meanings. He makes a great argument for the telling of fairy tales, even if they are slightly (or more than slightly) graphic, which is why I am partly able to explain my fascination with this film.

It's not really overly good really, as you've probably seen more of a seven out of ten, but yet it fascinates me. Perhaps it's the psychological element between the two brothers (which is done quite well) about the importance/existence of magic, or the surreal score peppered with Brahms and Dario Marianelli originals. (I have no idea who this guy is, but the soundtrack is so weird that I want it.) Perhaps it's the horror invoked by the fairy tale images of our childhood, brought horribly to life in the (thankfully) twisted mind of Terry Gilliam.

Oh, a little note about Terry Gilliam. You're going to have to forgive him because his pace can be a little bit feverish, and he tends to lose the viewer that's not paying attention. (He did make "Time Bandits" and "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," and you know how much of THAT made sense.) Do not question how the Grimm boys get from one end of Germany to another so quickly. Your head will explode.

Basically, this film makes me happy for a couple of reasons: one, the dialogue. It's strangely antiquated one minute, then purely Hollywood the next. (Don't worry about the anachronisms they're supposed to be there, they're funny.) Two, his name starts with Heath and ends with Ledger. Now, I didn't used to like this guy. I thought he was just a deep throated Aussie, but the boy's got range. I didn't know he could lack confidence so well. (Now I'm teasing, but really, he's quite good.) Damon was wonderful as always, proving over and over again that he may not be the prettier, but he's the smarter half of "Ben-att". Three, they're fairy tales in their ghoulish, bloody glory. Wait till you see both Little Red Riding Hood scenes, you'll totally freak out. It's nightmarish in such a way that you can't take your eyes off it. It's not morbid fascination, like a car accident, but something deeper, the sense of childlike wonder that make kids watch the most disgusting thing (like insects or TOADS) for hours.

What is the point? You might ask. Why should I see this piece of rubbish instead of "The 40 Year Old Virgin" for the 6th time? Or, in the long run, rent "The Princess Bride"? (You should rent both by the way, it'd make a lovely double feature.) Well, I still can't watch the waxing scene, but here's the real point: Fairy tales have a purpose. They give us comfort when we are in crises, and delight and frighten us when we need to have fun. What we see in Ledger's character (Jacob) is the child who shelters himself with fairy tales. What we see in Damon's (the older, Will) is the adult who wants to take him away from him. And as Bettelheim says, fantasy is not nearly as cruelly unforgiving as reality, so let him keep them. I still need a little Sleeping Beauty now and then. There's something strangely comforting about waking to true love's kiss.


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