The Brothers Grimm (film)

The Brothers Grimm is a 2005 adventure fantasy film directed by Terry Gilliam. The film stars Matt Damon, Heath Ledger and Lena Headey in an exaggerated and fictitious portrait of the Brothers Grimm as traveling con-artists in French-occupied Germany, during the early 19th century. However, the brothers eventually encounter a genuine fairy tale curse which requires real courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms. Supporting characters are played by Peter Stormare, Jonathan Pryce, and Monica Bellucci.

The Brothers Grimm
Theatrical release poster
Directed byTerry Gilliam
Written byEhren Kruger
Produced byCharles Roven
Daniel Bobker
CinematographyNewton Thomas Sigel
Edited byLesley Walker
Music byDario Marianelli
Distributed byDimension Films (United States; through Miramax Films[1])
Bontonfilm (Czech Republic)[2]
Miramax International (International; through Buena Vista International[2])
Release dates
  • 26 August 2005 (2005-08-26) (United States)
  • 4 November 2005 (2005-11-04) (United Kingdom)
  • 11 November 2005 (2005-11-11) (Czech Republic)
Running time
118 minutes
CountriesUnited States
United Kingdom
Czech Republic
Budget$80–88 million[1][2]
Box office$105.3 million[1]

In February 2001, Ehren Kruger sold his spec script to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). With Gilliam's hiring as director, the script was rewritten by Gilliam and Tony Grisoni, but the Writers Guild of America refused to credit them for their work, thus Kruger received sole credit. MGM eventually dropped out as distributor, but decided to co-finance The Brothers Grimm with Dimension Films and Summit Entertainment, while Dimension took over distribution duties.

The film was shot entirely in the Czech Republic. Gilliam often had on-set feuds with brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, which caused the original theatrical release date to be delayed nearly ten months. The Brothers Grimm was finally released on 26 August 2005 with mixed reviews and grossed $105.3 million at the worldwide box office.

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