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The Brothers Grimm
The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Matt Damon Wilhelm Grimm
Heath Ledger Jacob Grimm
Roger Ashton-Griffiths
Mackenzie Crook
Dana Dohnalova
Petra Dohnalova
Harry Gilliam
Martin Hofmann Gendarme
Alena Jakobova
Radim Kalvoda Gendarme
Petr Ratimec Young Will
Barbora Lukesová Mother Grimm
Anna Rust Sister Grimm
Jeremy Robson Young Jacob
Martin Hofman Gendarme
Josef Pepa Nos German War Veteran
Peter Stormare
Jonathan Price
Monica Bellucci
Movie Details
Genre Action; Adventure; Comedy; Fantasy; Horror; Thriller
Director Terry Gilliam
Producer Daniel Bobker; Michel Cheyko; Charles Roven
Writer Ehren Kruger
Photography Nicola Pecorini; Newton Thomas Sigel
Musician Dario Marianelli
Studio Disney / Buena Vista
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 119 mins
Country UK
Color Color
IMDb Rating 5.9
Fairy tales come vividly to life in The Brothers Grimm, a long-delayed fantasy/horror comedy that greatly benefits from the ingenuity of director Terry Gilliam. In lesser hands, the ambitious screenplay by prolific horror specialist Ehren Kruger (who wrote the American versions of The Ring and The Ring 2) might have turned into an erratic monster mash like Van Helsing. But Gilliam's maverick sensibility makes the film more closely comparable to Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow and Neil Jordan's The Company of Wolves, with the added benefit of impressive CGI effects and lavish (though cost-efficient) production design, making the most of a challenging $75 million budget. Kruger's clever conceit is to turn "folklore collectors" Wilhem and Jacob Grimm (Matt Damon and Heath Ledger, respectively) into 19th-century con artists who perform bogus exorcisms of "evil enchantments" while traveling from village to village in French-occupied Germany. The two soon find themselves ensnared in a genuinely supernatural crisis involving the curse of the Mirror Queen (Monica Bellucci) and such fantastical marvels as the Big Bad Wolf, the Gingerbread Man, and a host of other truly enchanted (and not altogether friendly) flora and fauna. It's kind of a mess, switching from over-the-top humor (mostly from Peter Stormare as a manic villain) to serious fantasy involving the beautiful Angelika (Lena Headey), who proves to be the Grimm Brothers' most reliable ally. And like many of Gilliam's films, Grimm suffered from production delays (during which Gilliam filmed Tideland), distributor fallout, and several changes in its theatrical release date, but none of these issues prevent the film from being a welcomed addition to Gilliam's remarkable list of credits. --Jeff Shannon
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 675
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 12/5/2006
Links Amazon US
DVD Empire
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 786936692174
Release Date 12/20/2005
Subtitles English; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
Feature Commentary
Bringing the Fairy Tale To Life
The Visual Magic of The Brothers Grimm