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Beowulf (2007)

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The warrior Beowulf must fight and defeat the monster Grendel who is terrorizing Denmark, and later, Grendel's mother, who begins killing out of revenge.

Director:

Robert Zemeckis

Writers:

Neil Gaiman (screenplay), Roger Avary (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Wright ... Wealthow (as Robin Wright-Penn)
Anthony Hopkins ... Hrothgar
Paul Baker Paul Baker ... Musician #1
John Bilezikjian John Bilezikjian ... Musician #2
Rod D. Harbour Rod D. Harbour ... Musician #3
Brice Martin Brice Martin ... Musician #4 (as Brice H. Martin)
Sonje Fortag Sonje Fortag ... Gitte (as Sonja Fortag)
Sharisse Baker-Bernard Sharisse Baker-Bernard ... Hild
Charlotte Salt ... Estrith
Julene Renee ... Cille (as Julene Rennee)
Greg Ellis ... Garmund
Rik Young ... Eofor
Sebastian Roché ... Wulfgar (as Sebastian Roche)
Leslie Zemeckis ... Yrsa
John Malkovich ... Unferth
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Storyline

Set against the coming of Christianity, this is the story of the last hero: in 507, a monstrous troll wreaks havoc in the mead hall of the Danish king, Hrothgar. He offers rewards for the death of Grendel, so Beowulf, a great and boastful Geat warrior, arrives with his thanes. Beowulf sets aside his armor and awaits the monster; a fierce battle ensues that leads to Beowolf's entering the watery lair of Grendel's mother, where a devil's bargain awaits. Beowulf returns to Herot, the castle, and becomes king. Jump ahead many years, and the sins of the father are visited upon Beowulf and his kingdom. The hero must face his weakness and be heroic once again. Is the age of demons over? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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I will kill your monster! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sexual material and nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Old English

Release Date:

16 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beowulf: An IMAX 3D Experience See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,515,871, 18 November 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$82,161,969, 27 January 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$196,393,745, 12 August 2012
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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Roger Avary had originally intended to direct. Robert Zemeckis' friend and partner Steve Bing, who produced The Polar Express (2004), purchased the script for two million dollars, so Zemeckis could direct. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 24 mins) Convex mirrors present a smaller reflection than a flat surface, but when the old Beowulf tells the queen he must fight, there is a well polished shield hanging on the wall reflecting as a flat surface, although it is slightly curved. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
King Hrothgar: I want mead! Give me some mead, my queen!
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Alternate Versions

Director's Cut features violence and nudity cut from the theatrical version. See more »

Connections

Version of Beowulf (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Grendel Lullaby
Written and Produced by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri
Performed by Susie Suh and Angelina Jolie
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Glorious 3D treat requiring little brain engagement
18 November 2007 | by KenLiversausageSee all my reviews

This movie is a lot of fun. In 3D. I suspect its impact will be considerably diminished in 2D, so I urge anyone who wants to see it to seek out the 3D version. There are lots of beautifully constructed tracking shots where the camera glides and swirls forward, back up and down, and trees, rocks, arrows, dragons or whatever slip past the edges of the frame, and this effect is stunning in 3D. In fact, all the action scenes are stunning in 3D, particularly the climactic battle with a top-notch, fire belching monster of a dragon.

The plot isn't much to write home about (although there's just a hint of a theological debate about the way Christianity has displaced the old mythic religions, which made me think for about 5 seconds). The acting is variable - Robin Wright-Penn is fine, but about as sexy as a paper cup, Hopkins is his usual reliable self, Ray Winstone is suitably heroic as the heroic, self-aggrandising Beowulf, and Crispin Glover is just brilliant as Grendel. Grendel is a lovely creation, oozing slime and blood, and wracked with pain.

But who cares about all that. This is not a scholarly work, it's entertainment. And my wife and I were as royally entertained as the kids surrounding us in the cinema (and we're both 40-somethings). Leave your serious head (and any timid youngsters) at home, and go and have fun.


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