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The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Matt Damon , Heath Ledger , Terry Gilliam  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Mackenzie Crook, Peter Stormare, Jonathan Pryce
  • Directors: Terry Gilliam
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: December 20, 2005
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (398 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,666 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Brothers Grimm" on IMDb

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  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary
  • Bringing the fairy tale to life
  • The visual magic of The Brothers Grimm

Editorial Reviews

Matt Damon (THE BOURNE SUPREMACY, OCEAN'S TWELVE) and Heath Ledger (THE PATRIOT, A KNIGHT'S TALE) team up to bring you one of the year's most fantastic adventures in this magical tale based on the lives of the legendary storytellers. Will and Jake Grimm (Damon and Ledger) dazzle small towns with their imaginative folklore and elaborate illusions, but when the brothers journey into a real enchanted forest they encounter many of the fantastic characters and thrilling situations found in their beloved fairy tales! From the award-winning director of 12 MONKEYS, BRAZIL and MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, this fabulous motion picture is sure to leave you living happily ever after!

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93 of 100 people found the following review helpful
By Nelleke
I've heard a few people say they were disappointed after seing this film; they had expected better. I think a lot of people have the wrong expectations when it comes to The Brothers Grimm: in the theatre I see lots of people of whom I can tell from moment one they will be disappointed.

Mothers with young children who actually think this movie has anything to do with the traditional fairy tales; this movie is NOT for children! If I were 7 I'd wet my bed for days after seing The Brothers Grimm. Young boys and girls on dates, all expecting an easy digestive romcom with an obvious storyline and no depth (I don't know how they got there but they did). That is NOT the case. If you want Finding Nemo, go see Finding Nemo. If you want American Pie, go see American Pie. But don't complain about The Brothers Grimm, because it is an absolute masterpiece!

The storyline is entertaining (one of the few movies that doesn't make you go "when's the intermission already? I need to pee!"), the director paints an amazing picture with his brilliant set, the characters are adorable and the actors do an amazing job. There wasn't a moment I saw them acting instead of being. One thing that really caught my attention was the role of Angelika (by Lena Heady) which reminded me in every single way of Keira Knightley's version of Guinevere in King Arthur - in a good way though.

Overall, I think this movie is a serious tribute to the fantasy genre, and I think that people who can appreciate that will love this. Don't look for logic, don't look for unexpected plots like in The Village and The Others, don't expect American Pie jokes and FOR GOD'S SAKE don't take your little children with you to this movie.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gilliam in top form October 4, 2005
I recently heard someone say they were disappointed with Gilliam's "update" of the Famous Brothers and their Fables. Whoever said that doesn't understand Gilliam's modus operandi. He is a genius at creating brand new worlds(Time Bandits and Brazil) and Bringing old Folktales and fantasy stories back to their roots while still making them entertaining(Baron Munchausen).

The same is true of the Brothers Grimm. He offers a unique spin on Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and quite distinctly the Gingerbead Man, but at the same time retains the essence of the original stories. Fariy Tales are DARK! They were meant to frighten Children into BEHAVING!

I also appreciated the emphasis on Character. With the Exception of Peter Stormare's hammy torturer, the Cast is Excellent. Matt Damon is always good, but Heath Ledger Steals the film with his portrayal of Jacob Grimm. And of course Jonathan Pryce is always enjoyable.

My biggest complaint though is a rather nasty scene involving a kitten. Gilliam can at times have an extremely nasty sense of humor and this was particularly unpleasant.

Gilliam's films are not for all tastes I confess. But I thouroughly enjoyed this film. I'll never look at the gingerbread man the same way again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brothers Grimm is a light-hearted ghost story October 3, 2005
The Brothers Grimm is a suspenseful light-hearted ghost story in the cinematic tradition of such movies as Pirates of the Caribbean, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Sleepy Hollow. The brothers, played by Heath Ledger and Matt Damon, couldn't be more enchanting in their roles in this fairy tale movie. Jacob, played by spectacle toting Heath Ledger, is the lovable underdog, an impractical poet who wears his gold heart on his sleeve. Wilhelm of course, couldn't be more different as the devilishly dashing woman-chasing lead and older brother.

The film is set in French occupied Germany and is quite amusing for history buffs. There, Jacob and Wilhelm have a run in with the French army. They've roamed from town to town making up fairy tales, but not only in the story sense! Jacob largely follows Wilhelm around documenting the folk tales of the various villages they weave their `magic' around. When they are captured, the scenes involving the French general (Jonathan Pryce) are classically macabre in every sense- I don't want to spoil any surprises so you'll have to see the movie to find out why. Caravaldi, a captain in that army, played by Peter Stormare, becomes a permanant pest and an unexpected side-kick. The character is completely absurd with an Italian accent, hilarious yet creepy.

With Caravaldi, the brothers find themselves embroiled in a real mystery when all the girls in the village disappear. The townsfolk are strange but the boys eventually warm up to the female lead, Angelika (Lena Headey) who leads them through the forest and tells them of the folk tales of her youth. There's a little bit of that fairy tale magic mixed in with some European folklore which makes the movie interesting from an anthropological perspective...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not The Typical Fairy Tale August 16, 2006
Renowned director/screenwriter, Terry Gilliam, brought the tale, featuring the two legendary authors, Jacob (Heath Ledger) and Wilhelm (Matt Damon) Grimm, to the screen in 2005's "The Brothers Grimm".

The movie starts by introducing us to the brothers as young children in the late 1700s when it's discovered that Jacob, (played by Jeremy Robson in this scene) has sold the family's cow for a handful of magic beans. Several years later the two brothers have grown into men who travel from town to town throughout Germany getting rid of unsavory creatures who seem to be plaguing the towns. However, it's soon realized that the pair, along with a couple of friends, are con artists who have constructed everything from the evil characters (in one case a witch) to the elaborate "rescue" of the town.

Napoleon's General, Delatombe, (Jonathan Pryce) is not pleased. When he threatens to execute the two brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm have no choice but to travel to Marbaden and solve the mystery behind the disappearance of several of the village's children. With Cavaldi (Peter Stormare), one of Delatombe's henchmen, to keep an eye on them, the brothers meet Angelika (Lena Headley), who agrees to escort them into the nearby forest. The group soon finds the tower that legend says is home to the Mirror Queen (Monica Bellucci) and who has great powers over the forest. But is the legend true? What other secrets does the forest hold and how do they connect to the disappearance of the children?

Terry Gilliam has directed and/or co-wrote a number of films including "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1998), "Brazil" (1985), "Time Bandits" (1981) and several of the Monty Python features.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
I loved the movie,little comedy and lots of action.bought it for my grandson,he told me to watch it with him in our home theater. picture looked good on blu ray. Read more
Published 4 days ago by geno de
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 21 days ago by MICTCHELL GONZALEZ
4.0 out of 5 stars A movie that was ignored by theater goers. It wasn't really...
Great job by the actors... great dialogue coach.
Great action, tongue-in-cheek sci-fi adventure.

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Published 23 days ago by THE 'Older Than Dirt' Time Traveller
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Video quality was unwatchable
Published 29 days ago by Tim Fredrickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie!!!
Published 1 month ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars I was pleased how they touch on many of the Grimm tales ...
I was pleased how they touch on many of the Grimm tales we heard as kids. Acting was solid as well story and effects. I am not kissing a Toad, well maybe.
Published 1 month ago by Mabelle Butts
3.0 out of 5 stars Its ok
This movie is ok. Certain characters and moments are funny and worth watching for, however, the movie as a whole is not great, probably a C or C+ rating in my opinion.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
My daughter and I watched this movie together and we loved it.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Willis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movies.
Published 1 month ago by rosemary
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