The Brothers Grimm

August 26th, 2005


The Brothers Grimm

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Will and Jake Grimm are travelling con-artists who encounter a genuine fairy-tale curse which requires genuine courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 5.9/10 (56,402 voted)

Critic's Score: 51/100

Director: Terry Gilliam

Stars: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Monica Bellucci

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage.

Petr Ratimec - Young Will
Barbora Lukesová - Mother Grimm (as Barbara Lukesova)
Anna Rust - Sister Grimm
Jeremy Robson - Young Jacob
Matt Damon - Wilhelm Grimm
Heath Ledger - Jacob Grimm
Radim Kalvoda - Gendarme
Martin Hofmann - Gendarme
Josef Pepa Nos - German War Veteran
Harry Gilliam - Stable Boy
Miroslav Táborský - Old Miller
Roger Ashton-Griffiths - Mayor
Marika Sarah Procházková - Miller's Daughter (as Marika Prochazkova)
Mackenzie Crook - Hidlick
Richard Ridings - Bunst

Taglines: This Isn't The Way To Grandmother's House


Official Website: Metropolitan Filmexport [France] | Miramax [United States] |

Release Date: 26 August 2005

Filming Locations: Ledec nad Sázavou, Czech Republic

Box Office Details

Budget: $88,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $15,092,079 (USA) (28 August 2005) (3087 Screens)

Gross: $105,316,267 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Robin Williams was originally cast in the film, but pulled out of the project.

Revealing mistakes: When Angelika cuts the ropes from Will and Jacob's feet in the burning forest, the ax never strikes the ropes when they are cut.

[first lines]
Sister Grimm: Mama, it's so cold.
Mother Grimm: It's very, very cold. Will. Put another log on the fire, lad.
Young Will: There isn't any more firewood, mama.

User Review

not bad

Rating: 7/10

Well, my friends, I have just returned from the earliest possible showing of "Brothers Grimm" in my area, and I can assure you it was well worth getting up a few hours earlier than usual to watch. However, I would caution anyone who doesn't like Terry Gilliam's work, Matt Damon and Heath Ledger, or the REAL brothers Grimms' stories that this is not your average fantasy. The story is set in french-occupied Germany in the 1700s, a real time in which real people actually lived. Even some of the magical aspects of the story are explained by real events (I won't spoil it for you). So quite a bit of the plot deals with the realities of the day and age along with the fantastical aspects of the forest and its inhabitants.

That being said, the story also deals with the opposite side of unreality-- the dark and unnaturally gruesome. This is where I think the writer hit on a brilliant point; while the real brothers' stories have happy endings and some lighthearted moments, most if not all of their stories involve some degree of blood and gore. My hat is off to Ehren Kruger for being true to that aspect of their work.

The only aspects of this movie I disliked were the unresolved ending (which I won't spoil, either) and some of the acting. Lena Headey's performance did not impress me, but it could just be lack of material to work with (a very overdone character) and the fact that I've never seen any of her other work. Matt Damon is interesting to watch as usual. Peter Stormare and Jonathan Pryce are wacky to the point of annoyance as an Italian torture specialist and a French general. The only truly wonderful performance, however, is that of Mr. Ledger, whose bumbling, scholarly, tag-along Jacob was both a sympathetic character and a side we rarely see from this multi-talented actor.

This is not a movie for everyone (I wouldn't bring children with the tendency for nightmares or irrational fears, for example). It's not a movie you'll learn from or probably want to see hundreds of times. But for the moviegoer looking for beautiful cinematography, a few good laughs, and a fairly suspenseful story, look no further.


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