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In Bruges

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After a shooting in London goes hideously wrong, two hitmen, Ray and Ken, are sent to hide out in the strange, Gothic, medieval town of Bruges, Belgium, by their volatile and dangerous boss, Harry Waters.

While awaiting instructions from him as to what to do next, the pair attempt to deal both with their feelings over the botched killing and their differing attitudes towards this curious, otherworldly place they’ve been dumped in (‘Bruges is a shithole.’ ‘Bruges is not a ...

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Overview

After a shooting in London goes hideously wrong, two hitmen, Ray and Ken, are sent to hide out in the strange, Gothic, medieval town of Bruges, Belgium, by their volatile and dangerous boss, Harry Waters.

While awaiting instructions from him as to what to do next, the pair attempt to deal both with their feelings over the botched killing and their differing attitudes towards this curious, otherworldly place they’ve been dumped in (‘Bruges is a shithole.’ ‘Bruges is not a shithole’), until the call from Harry finally comes through, and all three men are enmeshed in a spiral of bloody violence that few will get out of alive.

This jet-black comedy marks the feature-film debut of writer/director Martin McDonagh, award-winning author of such plays as The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Pillowman, and the film Six Shooter, which won the Academy Award for the Best Live-Action Short Film.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780571242313
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber
  • Publication date: 4/15/2008
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 574,852
  • Product dimensions: 5.05 (w) x 7.64 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin McDonagh's first play The Beauty Queen of Leenane was nominated for six Tony awards, of which it won four, and the Laurence Olivier Award. In 2003, his play The Pillowman had its world premiere at the Royal National Theatre and received the 2004 Olivier Award. In 2006, Martin McDonagh won an Oscar for his short film Six Shooter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Outstanding dark comedy

    This is apparently not the original script or the shooting script but a transcription of what actually made it to the screen. Nonetheless, it is an outstanding piece of work that McDonagh admirers will embrace and the uninitiated will hopefully rejoice at discovering. McDonagh's gift for quirky dialogue and infectious characterization overwhelms even those of us who are usually put off by the plethora of scatalogical expletives. Reading the script (which is to say in the absence of interpretation by the superb cast) also persuades one of the absolute strength of McDonagh's writing as he begins his feature-length-film career.

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