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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.

Director:

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 Eggert Sigurðsson ... 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. 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 Europe where the reign... Written by Roundstone Communications

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$66,851, 13 August 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$92,076, 12 August 2012
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In 1731, the original manuscript that the movie is based on was severely damaged by fire, along with several other medieval writings, in London UK. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, when Grendel's father is running with his son in his arms, it is clearly a dummy. 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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Sturla Gunnarsson's "Beowulf & Grendel" is a Must-See
17 October 2005 | by merley46See all my reviews

I was fortunate to see Sturla Gunnarsson's "Beowulf & Grendel" at the Toronto International Film Festival. This film is MUCH MORE than the long epic poem we read in high school! It is a film infused with humor, heart, suspense, and qualities of character and motivation which make it memorable indeed! Yes, there is violence, but that is the nature of the beast, so to speak. The story tells of people living in rather primitive circumstances (compared to modern Western standards) and war is a way of life. Without going into the story, it can safely be said that the introduction of the hero Beowulf (wonderfully played by Gerard Butler) leads to a tale of honor, friendship, loyalty, bravery, horror, and retribution. The musical score, sets, costumes, armor and weaponry, and especially the landscape (filmed entirely in Iceland!) add to the splendor of this movie. I have recommended B&G to our friends, and we hope it is widely distributed.


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