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The Brothers Bloom (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 19 June 2009 (USA)
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The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they've decided to take on one last job - showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world.

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Rian Johnson

Writer:

Rian Johnson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Weisz ... Penelope
Adrien Brody ... Bloom
Mark Ruffalo ... Stephen
Rinko Kikuchi ... Bang Bang
Robbie Coltrane ... Curator
Maximilian Schell ... Diamond Dog
Ricky Jay ... Narrator (voice)
Zachary Gordon ... Young Bloom
Max Records ... Young Stephen
Andy Nyman ... Charleston
Noah Segan ... The Duke
Nora Zehetner ... Rose
Ram Bergman ... Himself
Craig Johnson Craig Johnson ... Apple Cart Vendor
Dubravko Jovanovic Dubravko Jovanovic ... Albino
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Storyline

A pair of brothers - the Blooms, are probably the best con men in the world, Before they get out, they've decided to so one last hustle; as wine and dine an eccentric heiress the time of her life, with a romantic adventure, around the world. Written by Huggo

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Two master deceivers. One last swindling journey. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, some sensuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

USA

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English | French | Czech | Japanese

Release Date:

19 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Penelope See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$90,400, 17 May 2009

Gross USA:

$3,531,756

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,530,764
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The three main characters are based on characters from James Joyce's "Ulysses" (which in turn is based on Homer's "Odyssey"). Stephen is based on Stephen Daedalus, a restless young writer in two of Joyce's novels; in "The Brothers Bloom", Stephen plans their cons with a writer's flair. Bloom is based on Leopold Bloom, who is wandering around Dublin, trying to find himself and his way back to his wife. In The Brothers Bloom, Bloom is figuratively looking for himself, and ultimately finds his way to Penelope. In "The Odyssey", Penelope is Odysseus' wife who waits for him through all of his travels; likewise, here, Penelope awaits Bloom through his wanderings. See more »

Goofs

When Stephen rings the doorbell outside Max's apartment in Prague, Max blasts his front door with a shotgun; the circle of wood in the door that will be blasted out is visible before the gunshot. See more »

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Narrator: As far as con man stories go, I think I've heard them all. Of grifters, ropers, faro-fixers; tails drawn long and tall. But if one bears a bookmark in the confidence man's tome, it would be that of Penelope, and of the brothers Bloom.
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Referenced in Building 'Brick' (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Bob Dylan
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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A Breath Of Fresh Air
27 September 2009 | by ddeepinder-ssinghSee all my reviews

I have to say , this movie was certainly a breath of fresh air compared to the rest of the crap that has been coming out of the big production houses.

If your looking for a different movie all together , with a good story line , great acting and lovely music score ( composed by Nathan Johnson , its perfectly matches the essence being portrayed in the movie) , this is it.

Adrien Brody , Mark Ruffalo and Rachel Weiz are just amazing through out the movie . The chemistry between Brody and Ruffalo is certainly a high light of the movie , they don't look like brothers but throughout the movie you hardly notice. Rachel Weiz is as always amazing. Love her character.

Of course i cannot go away without mentioning Rinko Kikuchi as Bang Bang ,hardly any dialogues in the movie apart from a few one liners ,including "FUCK ME " ( you cannot miss it :P ) she definitely steals the show as the quirky mysterious sidekick .

I am writing this right after watching the movie so my rating as of now is definitely 9, a must watch if your tired of the usual movies hitting the screens.

Recommended.


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