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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

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Hansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Renner ... Hansel
Gemma Arterton ... Gretel
Famke Janssen ... Muriel
Pihla Viitala ... Mina
Derek Mears ... Edward
Robin Atkin Downes ... Edward (voice)
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal ... Horned Witch
Joanna Kulig ... Red Haired Witch
Thomas Mann ... Ben
Peter Stormare ... Sheriff Berringer
Bjørn Sundquist Bjørn Sundquist ... Jackson
Rainer Bock ... Mayor Engleman
Thomas Scharff ... Father
Kathrin Kühnel Kathrin Kühnel ... Adrianna
Cedric Eich Cedric Eich ... Young Hansel
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Storyline

The siblings Hansel and Gretel are left alone in the woods by their father and captured by a dark witch in a candy house. However they kill the witch and escape from the spot. Years later, the orphans have become famous witch hunters. When eleven children go missing in a small village, the Mayor summons Hansel and Gretel to rescue them, and they save the red haired Mina from the local sheriff who wants to burn her, accusing Mina of witchcraft. Soon they discover that the Blood Moon will approach in three days and the powerful dark witch Muriel is responsible for the abduction of children. She intends to use the children together with a secret ingredient in a Sabbath to make the coven of witches protected against the fire. Meanwhile Hansel and Gretel disclose secrets about their parents. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Classic Tale New Twist See more »

Genres:

Action | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hansel y Gretel: Cazadores de brujas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,690,956, 27 January 2013

Gross USA:

$55,703,475

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$226,349,749
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Famke Janssen and Jeremy Renner have both starred as superheroes in Marvel films. Renner played Hawkeye in Disney's Marvel Cinematic Universe films and Jannsen played Jean Grey in Marvel and Fox's X-Men movies. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie when Hansel and Gretel are fighting the witch in the woods Hansel grabs the witch and slams her down on a log behind him. When the witch starts to back away from Hansel the log is in two parts with about 2 to 3 feet between pieces. In the very next shot the log pieces are almost touching with a thin gap. As Gretel locks the witch in place in the air the log is back to a wide gap of 2 to 3 feet. See more »

Quotes

[Hansel and Mina are bathing in a pool of healing waters]
Hansel: I got it. You know, the last time I was in waters like this, I came across a formidable serpent witch. She mostly looked like a toad, but she could breathe underwater, which made her difficult to track. She was deadly.
Mina: [swims up to Hansel and silences him] Shh. You talk too much.
[kisses Hansel and seduces him]
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Crazy Credits

The text of the newspaper clippings used in the opening credits is from Alexander Roberts' 1616 "A Treatise on Witchcraft". The same piece of text is used twice for different headlines. The repeated excerpt starts 'and of these in day of executions which she is no wise would condiscend'. See more »

Alternate Versions

Aside from more language, gore, sexual content, and a few extra lines, the extended version features a few extra scenes. They include scenes showing witches forcing children to eat frogs as part of their potion. The bar scene also shows Hansel awkwardly approaching a woman and getting rebuffed. The horned witch, while trying to be interrogated, reveals that she can also communicate with the red-haired witch when she needs help. The morning after the village attack, Sheriff Berringer blames the Mayor for the attack and kills him. The scene where the Sheriff and his goons attack Gretel is extended, is cut in between the scene where Mina heals Hansel, and shows that the men plan to rape her right before Edward kills them. Right after Hansel and Gretel behead Muriel, Ben (despite being a big fan of the siblings killing witches) throws up when he sees the decapitated head. See more »

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Merrie England (D)
Written by Robert (Bob) John Foster
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A Great Entertainment
11 May 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The siblings Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) are left alone in the woods by their father and captured by a dark witch in a candy house. However they kill the witch and escape from the spot. Years later, the orphans have become famous witch hunters.

When eleven children go missing in a small village, the Major summons Hansel and Gretel to rescue them, and they save the red haired Mina (Pihla Viitala) from the local sheriff that wants to burn her accusing Mina of witchcraft. Soon they discover that the Blood Moon will approach in three days and the powerful dark witch Muriel (Famke Janssen) is the responsible for the abduction of children. She intends to use the children together with a secret ingredient in a Sabbath to make the coven of witches protected against the fire. Meanwhile Hansel and Gretel disclose secrets about their parents.

"Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" is a great entertainment for ordinary viewers like me that like the genre of fantasy but based on the Metacritic Rating, it is not recommended to intellectuals. The story is very funny and the special effects and make-up are top notch. Gemma Arterton is one of the sexiest actresses and it is good to see her again. If the viewer likes this genre, he or she will certainly enjoy "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters". I do not understand why people that like art movies spend their time watching this type of movie and writing bad reviews. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "João e Maria: Caçadores de Bruxas" ("John and Mary: Witch Hunters")


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