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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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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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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No curse we can't reverse. No spell we can't break. No demon we can't exterminate. See more »


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

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Trivia

Terry Gilliam has openly admitted that he only took on the film because he was being paid a lot for it. See more »

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In the forest of Marbaden, when Delatombe's valet pours his wine, the wine in the carafe is red, but the wine in Delatombe's glass is white. See more »

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[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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Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1886) (uncredited)
Music by Effie I. Canning
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Do people read any more? A folk tale for adults.
5 March 2006 | by sschwaSee all my reviews

Like his Baron Munchhausen, Gilliam's Brothers Grimm has been horridly misunderstood by critics and public alike. What I get from the comments and reviews is the sense of thwarted expectations, although I have little idea what the anti-Grimms expected in the first place. People dislike the kitten scene because it's a cute kitten. This I find entirely in the grotesque spirit of the original folk tales. We've learned to take our fairy tales Disneyfied, apparently. I've also heard complaints about the quality of the special effects as sub-ILM quality. Frankly, that's what I liked about them. They *didn't* look like ILM; they looked personal. I admit I found the basic premise a cliché (two con men who make their living on the superstitious gullible find out that, in this case, the magic is real), but its working-out overcomes this basic flaw. This is a movie that shuns cliché. The brightest scenes, for example, almost always contain the greatest menace. Relative safety is drab, dirty, brutish, nasty, and short. Ledger gives an amazing performance -- I had previously regarded him as a Troy Donahue update. Matt Damon shows he has the chops to cross over from small "indies" to big performances in the old leading-man vein. Peter Stromare and Jonathan Pryce do a highbrow Martin & Lewis -- Stromare all over the place and Pryce coolly self-contained -- to hilarious effect. The faces alone in this movie are wonderful, hearkening back to the glory days of Leone. There are so many telling details in the background ("Bienvenue a Karlstadt") -- let alone the foreground -- that show Gilliam's mastery. Harry Potter (which I enjoyed), Lord of the Rings, and Chronicles of Narnia are for the kiddies and show us worlds we can, with effort, control. Gilliam doesn't offer any such comfort, not even at the end. The sense of menace is overwhelming, and Gilliam achieves it without super-special effects, usually camera movement (the shots following Little Red Riding Hood through the forest made my jaw drop). A brilliant film, operating at a high level we don't see much of these days. Someone compared the movie to Burton's Big Fish, another film dismissed or ignored by critics and public. Although Burton's and Gilliam's sensibilities differ, I take the writer's point. The confident, poetic handling of myth and archetype in both astonishes.


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26 August 2005 (USA) See more »

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$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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