Brothers Grimm

Brothers Grimm

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Director: Terry Gilliam

Cast: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Jonathan Pryce

     
 

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Two men who have made a career out of spinning remarkable stories find themselves bringing them to life in this inventive fantasy inspired by the creators of some of the world's best-loved fairy tales. Will Grimm (Matt Damon) and his brother Jake Grimm (Heath Ledger) earn their living by traveling from village to village and vanquishing strange supernatural beasts… See more details below

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Two men who have made a career out of spinning remarkable stories find themselves bringing them to life in this inventive fantasy inspired by the creators of some of the world's best-loved fairy tales. Will Grimm (Matt Damon) and his brother Jake Grimm (Heath Ledger) earn their living by traveling from village to village and vanquishing strange supernatural beasts that have been menacing the populace. Or at least that's what their clients think has been happening; as it happens, Will and Jake are confidence men who cleverly stage the ghostly attacks and then take payment for making the creatures they fabricated go away. One day, the brothers arrive in a town and offer to help its people drive away evil spirits, unaware that the community is bordered by a genuine enchanted forest, and that young girls in the village have been disappearing at a frightful rate. The Grimm Brothers must now learn how to deal with real magic, with the help of the lovely but fearless Angelika (Lena Headey). Directed by Terry Gilliam, The Brothers Grimm also stars Monica Bellucci, Peter Stormare, and Jonathan Pryce.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
From the fecund imagination of filmmaker Terry Gilliam, former Monty Python trouper and one of the screen’s most accomplished fabulists, comes this visually dynamic if not altogether compelling story of the subversive siblings whose fairy tales have alternately delighted and unsettled children for over two centuries. According to Gilliam, brothers Wilhelm (Matt Damon) and Jacob (Heath Ledger) Grimm initially galumphed around Europe pretending to be 18th-century Ghostbusters, using stagecraft and psychology to fool ignorant peasants into believing they had cleansed villages of malevolent spirits. Running afoul of Delatombe (Jonathan Pryce), Napoleon’s top man in Germany, they are forced under threat of death to work their magic in a haunted forest into which nearby children have ventured and vanished. Aided by a local forester (Lena Headey), the brothers find themselves confronted by a genuine, centuries-old witch (Monica Bellucci) who needs the children for a spell that will make her young and beautiful again. The plot is good enough as a peg on which to hang elaborate visual effects, and these are quite striking indeed. But Gilliam never quite decides whether he's making a comedy or an effects-driven thriller. Sequences that make their dramatic point early on are allowed to drag out needlessly, and some of the actors -- especially Peter Stormare, playing Delatombe’s lackey -- behave as though they’ve drifted over from another movie altogether, reading lines in an entirely different emotional register than others in the same scene. Nevertheless, The Brothers Grimm offers a great deal of enjoyment for those who dote on eye candy, and it's hard to truly fault Gilliam for having too many good ideas -- even when they get in the way of each other.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2013
UPC:
0031398138082
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
13,554

Special Features

Audio Commentary with Director Terry Gilliam; Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matt Damon Will Grimm
Heath Ledger Jake Grimm
Jonathan Pryce Delatombe
Lena Headey Angelika
Peter Stormare Cavaldi
Monica Bellucci The Evil Queen
Mackenzie Cook Actor
Richard Ridings Actor
Uma Thurman Actor
Roger Ashton-Griffiths Mayor
Julian Bleach Actor
Tomas Hanak Actor
Bruce MacEwen Actor
Miroslav Táborský Actor
Jan Unger Gregor
Jakub Zindulka Actor

Technical Credits
Terry Gilliam Director
Christine Beveridge Makeup
Daniel Bobker Producer
Mishka Cheyko Associate Producer
Guy H. Dyas Production Designer
Jonathan Gordon Executive Producer
Mike Kelt Special Effects Supervisor
Ehren Kruger Screenwriter
Irene Lamb Casting
Dario Marianelli Score Composer
Chris McGurk Executive Producer
Jake Myers Co-producer
Gabriella Pescucci Costumes/Costume Designer
Carlo Poggioli Costumes/Costume Designer
Maggie Rodford Musical Direction/Supervision
Andrew Rona Executive Producer
Charles Roven Producer
John D. Schofield Executive Producer
Ivan Sharrock Sound/Sound Designer
Newton Thomas Sigel Cinematographer
Michael Solinger Co-producer
Simon Taylor Special Effects Supervisor
Lesley Walker Editor
Frank Walsh Art Director
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Alison Wright Musical Direction/Supervision

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