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The Brothers Grimm (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  26 August 2005 (USA)
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Will and Jake Grimm are traveling con-artists who encounter a genuine fairy-tale curse which requires true courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Petr Ratimec ...
Barbora Lukesová ...
Mother Grimm (as Barbara Lukesova)
Jeremy Robson ...
Radim Kalvoda ...
Martin Hofmann ...
Josef Pepa Nos ...
German War Veteran
Harry Gilliam ...
Stable Boy
Miroslav Táborský ...
Old Miller
Marika Sarah Procházková ...
Miller's Daughter (as Marika Prochazkova)


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. Written by Anonymous

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If You Go Down To The Woods Today You'll Never Believe Your Eyes See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, frightening sequences and brief suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 August 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los hermanos Grimm  »

Box Office


$88,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,092,079 (USA) (26 August 2005)


$513,772 (South Africa) (20 January 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Miramax's Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein came on board in 2004, when MGM suddenly pulled the funding. See more »


At the beginning of the movie, Will rides a gray Andalusian. When he and Jacob ride into the forest with the trapper, Will rides a fat gray mule. Jacob is on the same horse, with no explanation of why Will changed horses. See more »


[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.
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Crazy Credits

Terry Gilliam and Tony Grisoni are credited as "Dress Pattern Makers", a reference to their uncredited rewrite of Ehren Kruger's script. See more »


Referenced in What the Pythons Did Next... (2007) See more »


Tavern Scene
Composed and Performed by Ladislav Horak, Frantisek Matijovsky, Ivo Mrazek,
Filip Spaleny and Tomas Brauner
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26 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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