In Bruges

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Overview

Having just carried out a particularly difficult hit in London, two hitmen seek shelter in Bruges, Belgium, only to find their views on life and death permanently altered by their interactions with the locals, the tourists, and a film crew. Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes star in an action comedy from director Martin McDonagh.
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Overview

Having just carried out a particularly difficult hit in London, two hitmen seek shelter in Bruges, Belgium, only to find their views on life and death permanently altered by their interactions with the locals, the tourists, and a film crew. Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes star in an action comedy from director Martin McDonagh.
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Special Features

Deleted and extended scenes; Gag rel; A Boat trip around bruges; D-box motion enabled
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Editorial Reviews

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By the time In Bruges hit theaters, the accumulation of recent British gangster movies left some viewers skeptical whether there'd be anything new here -- especially with Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla looming on the horizon as yet another dose of the familiar. As it turns out, setting the action in Belgium is just this film's first important departure from the status quo. Guided by the sensibilities of an accomplished Irish playwright, In Bruges is a deep and unexpected breath of fresh air. This is to say nothing of how Martin McDonagh's film enabled the surprise reemergence of Colin Farrell. In Bruges provided the actor his first Golden Globe nomination and win for the role of Ray, a small-time wisecracking hood whose botched hit follows him to the medieval landscape of Bruges, where he and a partner Brendan Gleeson await further instruction. Their relationship is peculiar to the criminal world, where surface loyalty and a wicked camaraderie are offset by the tense fragility of changing circumstances and the criminal code. The two actors have great oil-and-water chemistry and some hilarious exchanges, but the core of their relationship is the work-related emotional burdens they share, sensitively rendered by McDonagh. Ralph Fiennes' insertion into this dynamic only increases the complexity and the fun. McDonagh's Oscar-nominated screenplay consistently has it both ways, balancing the silly and the serious, and managing its every clever thread with equal aplomb. The city of Bruges, with its singular architectural scheme, sets in motion many of the plot's wonderful oddities, unexpected turns, and quirky characters. But its role is proportionate to McDonagh's other fine touches, far more than gimmick, far more than pretty scenery intended to distract the viewer. As it deconstructs the criminal mind and examines why people do what they do, In Bruges is both funny and poignant.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2010
  • UPC: 025192046896
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Focus Features
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 12,789

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Colin Farrell Ray
Brendan Gleeson Ken
Ralph Fiennes Harry
Clémence Poésy Chloe
Jérémie Renier Eirik
Jordan Prentice Jimmy
Thekla Reuten Marie
Mark Donovan Overweight Man
Eric Godon Yuri
Rudy Blomme Ticket Seller
Theo Stevenson Boy in Church
Elizabeth Berrington Natalie
Olivier Bonjour Film Director
Stephanie Carey Canadian Girl
Jamie Edgell Boat Driver
Ann Elsley Overweight Woman #2
Jean Mark Favorin Policeman
Zeljko Ivanek Canadian Guy
Sachi Kimura Imamoto
Anna Madeley Denise
Lois Nummy Harry's Child #3
Inez Stinton Kelli
Emily Thorling Overweight Woman
Angel Witney Harry's Child #2
Bonnie Witney Harry's Child #1
Ran Yaniv Barman
Carter Burwell Conductor
Technical Credits
Martin McDonagh Director, Screenwriter
Jeff Abberley Executive Producer
Julia Blackman Executive Producer
Graham Broadbent Producer
Eigil Bryld Cinematographer
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Michael Carlin Production Designer
Peter Czernin Producer
Karen Elliott Musical Direction/Supervision
James Embree Stunts
Jon Gregory Editor
Sarah Harvey Co-producer
Mark Holt Special Effects Supervisor
Jina Jay Casting
Sallie Jaye Makeup
Chris Lowe Art Director
Sharon Martin Makeup
Matthew Penry-Davey Asst. Director
Peter J. Robertson Camera Operator
Tessa Ross Executive Producer
Jany Temime Costumes/Costume Designer
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Hilarious yet thoughtful

    It is true that this film has more than one layer. But if all you care about it is extremely funny dialogue - and especialy funny f-bombs - this is one of the best movies available. As a pleasant bonus, the characters are well-developed and the actors are superlative. This is an extremely entertaining film shot on location in a very beautiful old city. Enjoy!!! PS.... I cannot recommend other products like this one because it is sui generis....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth re-seeing

    I first saw this in the theater after seeing a lot of trailers that make this movie looked rather unappealing but was I surprised when I saw it. First, the setting of Bruges is gorgeous and having visits Bruges years ago, it was great to see it again. Then because the story and acting was so well done, I had to see it again and own it. <BR/><BR/>While the plot is not for the faint of heart, this black comedy pleases in its story line about the complexity of perception when you take everyone's different view into account. You want to dislike the Colin Farrell character but you keep pulling for him to make it right. Also this is not a movie that you are predicting the outcome way before the end comes. There are twists and turns and complications that keep you wondering.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Martin McDonagh makes an impressive writing and directing debut with the very fresh and entertaining and surprisingly well rounded film IN BRUGES. Though the basic storyline is rather simple, McDonagh knows how to keep it turning and twisting with generous amounts of humor as well as probing character development. He has assembled a cast of very fine actors, turned the cinematography of the gorgeous Belgian city of Bruges over to the capable creative hands of Eigil Bryld, and finished his project off with a fine musical score by the gifted Carter Burwell (with a nod to Schubert and others): the result is a beautiful little film with messages galore and always a visual treat to see repeatedly. Two hit men - Ken (Brendan Gleeson), a chubby, optimistic bloke who loves spending time with the sights of Bruges, and Ray (Colin Farrell), an emotionally distraught young man in the throes of guilt from a botched 'hit' that accidentally killed a young boy - have been sent by their 'boss' Harry (Ralph Fiennes) to 'lay low' after the botched murder of a priest (Ciarán Hinds). It is Christmas season and there are too few rooms available so Ken and Ray reluctantly share a tiny hotel room to await further orders from Harry. Ken falls in love with the beauty of the city of Bruges while Ray, ever anxious and distrustful, finds some solace in a film being shot about 'midgets' (Jérémie Renie) with behind the scenes girl Chloë (Clémence Poésy). How these two Irish guys make the most of their enforced isolation ultimately leads to the real reason for their assignment, a reason that includes a last 'hit' that sweeps the audience to a surprising ending. McDonagh writes very well, giving some of the best comedic lines to Farrell who proves himself a fine fit for this difficult role. Yes, it is another 'hit man film', but this one has the good fortune to deal with very real people, conflicted with their choice of 'occupation' and who are hungry to share their tenuous lives with good friends. Though there is considerable bloody derring-do, the film uses the chase and kill scenes to good advantage, allowing the audience to feel the human side of those whose job it is to 'off' others. Both Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson are superb and their roles are enhanced by a choice selection of character actors who speed the plot along nicely. This is a very entertaining movie, one that can be appreciated on many levels, and one that suggests that Martin McDonagh has a solid future in cinema. Grady Harp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The film that made me realize that Colin Farrell can act

    This film follows two British hit men, played by Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, who have to hide out in Bruges, Belgium after a hit goes awry. Neither are quite sure why they were told to hide there, but one loves the sightseeing of the town, while the other loves the sightseeing of women. They spend their time talking of life, death, and guilt, all while trying to not kill each other. This film is visually stunning, partially because of the beauty of the area and partially the film style. The ending leads to a good questioning of the themes, for example, the part that Purgatory plays in Colin Farrell's life. In all, the film is very beautiful, has interesting themes, and emotional elements keep you watching.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Overrated but enjoyable

    This film leaves me a little puzzled. It doesn't seem to live up to many peoples' hype. It is a dark comedy which is a genre I enjoy but, even so, there weren't any moments that made me laugh out loud. There was emotional depth in the story of Colin Farrel's character but I wasn't really engaged. I really wanted to see more Ralph Fiennes.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    In bruges; Not just a pretty film

    In the film Colin Ferrell, Ralph Finnes and Brendan Gleeson once again flex their acting muscles at a chance to play quarky, irritable and annoying (sometimes flat-out rude) assassin duo (Gleeson and Ferrell) and crime boss (Finnes). The two are sent to Bruges,Belgium to lay low and enjoy the sites. Along with that comes a cadre of characters that weave an intricate plot that leaves you wanting to hop the next plane for Europe. Laughs, Hate, Fear and Sorrow are also along for the ride in the film that left me glad that I watched it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Philosophy of Righteousness, Life and Death

    The movie is set in what could be the most boring place on earth or the most beautiful (depending on one's level of cynicism). The one act of violence and its consequences ripple through the lives of the main characters and affect the people around them. In Bruges has very quirky humor, a hilarious midget, and some sexy interaction between an assassin and a gorgeous drug dealer but throughout the movie still manages to make one think seriously about the value of life and the ways morality, righteousness, and justice aren't always carried out by morally pure people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rather Depressing, not a Comedy at all.

    It started out as a Wonderful English Comedy, however as it progressed, I found myself in a totally different film. It took a huge turn to a depressing "Crisis of Faith" theme. Then a suicidal theme. It's more a dramatic art-film.

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