The Brothers Grimm

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Audio Commentary with Director Terry Gilliam; Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2013
  • UPC: 031398138082
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Miramax Lionsgate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,744

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
Richard Ridings
Uma Thurman
Roger Ashton-Griffiths Mayor
Julian Bleach
Tomas Hanak
Bruce MacEwen
Miroslav Táborský
Jan Unger Gregor
Jakub Zindulka
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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the brothers grimm

    i've always been fasicnated by the original fairy tales and found they are way different than the disney ones. so when i heard about this upcoming movie i was excited and even the trailer made it loook even more interesting. but you should know that trailers have always been misleading and the movie was okay and found that it was something completely different story wise but okay none the less. did like ledger's performance and character where damon's seemed self centered but both are my fave actors. the movie tells the origins of the grimm brothers and their famous and infamous fairy tales that we come to know or sort of know. first noticed lena who looked like alanis morsette when she played god on dogma. goes to show trailers do give away and that kinda ruins the movie. oh well what can you do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    nice movie

    I really enjoyed this movie and recommend it! It had some suspense and humor. It was fun to pick up on the different fairy tales alluded to in the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    yuck

    the trash thought this movie tasted good it was so lame i mean i could barely even stand to watch the thing don't know why we wasted money on this junk it should have went stright to video

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome movie, better book

    This was a GREAT movie, but the book, I'm am speachless for. I would recommend you read the book before hand. Oh, and have you been able to find every single fairy tale in the movie?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nope

    I couldn't understand most of the dialouge and was bored really fast with this movie. It lasted all of 15 minutes in my DVD player before the player spit it out in disgust.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesomest movie in the world

    this movie is one of the greatest movies ive seen this year it was filled with adventure, excitment, romance, comedy what more could you want plus im a fan of heath ledger

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