Beowulf & Grendel

Beowulf & Grendel

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Director: Sturla Gunnarsson

Cast: Gerard Butler, Stellan Skarsgård, Sarah Polley

     
 

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One of the oldest epic poems in the English language gets a robust visual interpretation in this historical epic shot on location in Iceland. Hrothgar (Stellan Skarsgård) is a Danish king who murders a troll that has been terrorizing his countryside. But Hrothgar spares the life of the troll's strange young son, who with the passage

Overview

One of the oldest epic poems in the English language gets a robust visual interpretation in this historical epic shot on location in Iceland. Hrothgar (Stellan Skarsgård) is a Danish king who murders a troll that has been terrorizing his countryside. But Hrothgar spares the life of the troll's strange young son, who with the passage of years grows to become Grendel (Ingvar Sigurdsson), a fearsome warrior intent upon avenging his father's death. As Grendel begins his slaughter of the king's closest confidants, Hrothgar realizes his life is in danger, and he calls upon the brave and fearless Beowulf (Gerard Butler) to track down and kill Grendel. As Beowulf and his band of warriors search for the vicious and elusive Grendel, he crosses paths with Selma (Sarah Polley), a beautiful and sensuous witch whose alliances are divided between Beowulf and his archenemy. Produced by Canadian, British, and Icelandic concerns, Beowulf & Grendel was a major box-office success in Canada before crossing south to American theaters in the summer of 2006.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This visually stunning adaptation of the Old English epic poem Beowulf boasts picturesque locations, appropriately rough-hewn sets and costumes, and commanding performances. In a stylish prologue, Danish king Hrothgar (Stellan Skarsgard) slays a bothersome troll but spares his young son, a fair-skinned cretin who chops off his dead father's head and makes off with it. Years later, this young troll, Grendel (Ingvar Sigurdsson), begins exacting revenge by killing the king’s familiars, leading the now-dissipated monarch to recruit the brave Beowulf (Gerard Butler) and his small band of warriors to track down the elusive creature. By toning down the fable’s barbaric savagery and adding humorous touches, director Sturla Gunnarsson manages to make the ancient story accessible for modern audiences. That’s not to say that Beowulf & Grendel should be mistaken for light comedy: a fair amount of blood is shed, watchmen are impaled on spears, a severed arm is paraded as a trophy, and Grendel’s nightmarishly nasty mother makes a very scary cameo. This, after all, is sixth-century Denmark, some 600-plus years before Prince Hamlet, and much is already quite rotten. With effective turns by Skarsgard and Butler, and striking cinematography that takes advantage of the dramatic Icelandic terrain, Beowulf & Grendel makes a stirring transition from the dusty page to the contemporary screen.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2007
UPC:
0013138301185
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:44:00

Special Features

Hi-Res Trailer; Audio Commentary by Director Sturla Gunnarson and Screenwriter Andrew Rai Berzins; Storyboards Sketches

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gerard Butler Beowulf
Stellan Skarsgård Hrothgar
Sarah Polley Selma
Ingvar E. Sigurdsson Grendel
Eddie Marsan Brendan
Tony Curran Hondscioh
Rory McCann Breca
Ronan Vibert Thorkel
Martin Delaney Thorfinn

Technical Credits
Sturla Gunnarsson Director,Producer
Andrew Rai Berzins Co-producer,Screenwriter
Michael Lionella Cowan Producer
Pam Dixon Casting
Nick Dudman Makeup Special Effects
Fridrik Thór Fridriksson Executive Producer
Barry Gilmore Sound Editor
Doug Hansen Associate Producer
Douglas E. Hansen Associate Producer
Debra Hanson Costumes/Costume Designer
Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson Score Composer
Arni Paull Johannson Production Designer
Arni Poll Johansson Production Designer
Eric Jordan Producer
Anna María Karlsdóttir Producer
Jan Kiesser Cinematographer
Alex Marshall Executive Producer
David McCallum Sound Editor
Simon Okin Sound/Sound Designer
Wendy Ord Asst. Director
Peter James Executive Producer
Jason Piette Producer
Donna Powell Sound Editor
David Rose Sound Editor
James Simpson Executive Producer
Paul Stephens Producer
James D. Stern Executive Producer
Jane Tattersall Sound Editor
Einar Unnsteinsson Art Director
Jeff Warren Editor

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Beowulf & Grendel 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't watch this movie if you have any expectation of it being like the Old English poem that we all know and love. The director killed the story when he decided to take the non-violent route. HELLO?! "Beowulf" is supposed to be violent! (And I know that there are still gruesome images in the movie, but he took too much creative liberty by changing the story the way he did.) It's twisted around so that we're supposed to feel sorry for the Grendel. The notion of what "hero" means is called into question. (HINT: Don't expect Beowulf to be heroic in the way you remembered him to be in the poem.) I'll not spoil it for those of you who are willing to waste your time watching the movie. Don't say I didn't warn you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thirteenth Warrior was a better version of Beowolf than this movie. Like I said, this is not of Butlers best movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read the complete poem and I know my history. While this movie isn't accurate to the poem (at all), there are a lot of hidden jokes for the history geeks and it's a new spin on an old and christianized tale (one of the big jokes throughout the movie). It was a lot of fun.
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