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Beowulf & Grendel (2005)

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In Denmark, during the 6th century, Danish king Hrothgar and his warriors kill a troll whose son, Grendel, vows revenge.

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Sturla Gunnarsson

Writers:

Anonymous (epic poem "Beowulf"), Andrew Rai Berzins
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hringur Ingvarsson ... Young Grendel
Spencer Wilding ... Grendel's Father
Stellan Skarsgård ... Hrothgar
Ingvar Sigurdsson ... Grendel (as Ingvar E. Sigurdsson)
Gunnar Eyjólfsson Gunnar Eyjólfsson ... Aeschere
Gerard Butler ... Beowulf
Philip Whitchurch ... Fisherman
Ronan Vibert ... Thorkel
Rory McCann ... Breca
Tony Curran ... Hondscioh
Martin Delaney ... Thorfinn
Mark Lewis Mark Lewis ... King Hygelac
Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir ... Sea Hag
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson ... Unferth
Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir ... Wealtheow (as Steinunn Ólína Thorsteinsdóttir)
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Storyline

The blood-soaked tale of a Norse warrior's battle against the great and murderous troll, Grendel. Heads will roll. Out of allegiance to the King Hrothgar, the much respected Lord of the Danes, Beowulf leads a troop of warriors across the sea to rid a village of the marauding monster. The monster, Grendel, is not a creature of mythic powers, but one of flesh and blood - immense flesh and raging blood, driven by a vengeance from being wronged, while Beowulf, a victorious soldier in his own right, has become increasingly troubled by the hero-myth rising up around his exploits. Beowulf's willingness to kill on behalf of Hrothgar wavers when it becomes clear that the King is more responsible for the troll's rampages than was first apparent. As a soldier, Beowulf is unaccustomed to hesitating. His relationship with the mesmerizing witch, Selma, creates deeper confusion. Swinging his sword at a great, stinking beast is no longer such a simple act. The story is set in barbarous Northern ... Written by thundermgswife72

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The Hero. The Monster. The Myth. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Canada | UK | Iceland | USA | Australia

Language:

English | Latin | Icelandic

Release Date:

9 March 2006 (Thailand) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lenda de Grendel See more »

Filming Locations:

Iceland

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,360, 18 June 2006

Gross USA:

$68,820

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$92,076
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Curran appeared in The 13th Warrior, which was also a retelling of Beowulf's fight with Grendel. See more »

Goofs

While the Daneland portrayed in the movie has many mountains, cliffs and rocks, the real Denmark does not. Denmark has no rock formations, and very few steep cliffs. See more »

Quotes

Brendan the Celt: I'm told you're the Danes' king.
King Hrothgar: Celt, you're a ways from home.
Brendan the Celt: I am. But safe with the sword of Christ.
King Hrothgar: Christ, eh? Heard of him. You ever have much luck with trolls?
Brendan the Celt: I'm of the thought they never cross paths. But if you're willing to bow before Christ you shall feel the blessing of his great strength.
King Hrothgar: My gods don't ask me to bow.
Brendan the Celt: And nor should they dare if they won't protect you. To face God's foes is an honor. I've come to drive this evil out.
King Hrothgar: [laughts] With a stick?
Brendan the Celt: With the fire of Heaven!
King Hrothgar:
[...]
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I loved it ...
29 September 2005 | by byrmSee all my reviews

I saw Beowulf & Grendel in Toronto at the TIFF and I loved it. The film was beautiful to behold ~ breathtaking scenery of Iceland set alongside a moving and powerful score. The entire cast delivered strong performances. Gerard Butler was a magnificent Beowulf ... emoting the torment of his soul with tender subtlety yet never compromising the intrinsic brutality and strength vital to his character. The story, modified from its original literary version to adapt to a contemporary audience, was profoundly relevant to today's political and social climate. A pleasant surprise in the film is the clever use of unexpected wit and wry humour. If you enjoy a film that will make you think ... this one is for you. natalie(GB.net)


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