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In Bruges (2008)

  • Rate: 8.0/10 total 157,084 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 29 February 2008 (Poland)
  • Runtime: 107 min
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In Bruges (2008)


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  • IMDb page: In Bruges (2008)
  • Rate: 8.0/10 total 157,084 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 29 February 2008 (Poland)
  • Runtime: 107 min
  • Filming Location: Brugge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
  • Budget: $15,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $7,757,130(USA)(15 June 2008)
  • Director: Martin McDonagh
  • Stars: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Elizabeth Berrington
  • Original Music By: Carter Burwell   
  • Soundtrack: St John the Gambler
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Death | Irish | Drugs | Bruges Belgium | Dwarf

Writing Credits By:

  • Martin McDonagh (written by)

Known Trivia

  • In order to create the feeling of the holiday season, Christmas decorations were kept in some streets of Bruges until the end of March. The town council made an official communication to the people of Bruges explaining the reason why.
  • The word ‘fuck’ and its derivatives are said 126 times in this 107-minute film, an average of 1.18 ‘fucks’ per minute.
  • The painting that occasions comment even from Ray is “The Last Judgment” by Hieronymous Bosch. Bosch-like symbolism recurs throughout the movie (the dwarf is one example), suggesting that Ray and Ken may indeed encounter their own Last Judgment – or that the waiting period in Bruges is akin to purgatory.
  • When Ray refers to the dwarf in Time Bandits, he is thinking of actor David Rappaport, who committed suicide in 1990.
  • The scene in which Ray and Ken visit the Basilica of the Holy Blood is in fact filmed in the Jerusalem Church, Bruges, although the veneration of the relic discussed is accurate.
  • The film has a total of 4 actors who also appeared together in the Harry Potter series: Ralph Fiennes (Harry), who plays Lord Voldemort; Brendan Gleeson (Ken), who plays Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody; Clémence Poésy (Chloe), who plays Fleur Delacour; Ciarán Hinds (The Priest), who plays Aberforth Dumbledore. Fiennes, Gleeson, and Poesy all appear in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, though none of them share dialog together. Fiennes, Gleeson, and Poesy again appear together in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, while Fiennes, Poesy, and Hinds all appear in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Fleur Delacour’s re-appearance is also largely due to her marriage to Bill Weasley, who is played by Brendan Gleeson’s son, Domhnall Gleeson.
  • In one scene, Ray (Colin Farrell) fires a blank into a thug’s eye, blinding it. In Tigerland, Farrell’s character fires a blank into a man’s eye, but doesn’t blind him.
  • Both Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson were nominated for Golden Globes. Farrell won the award.
  • Except for the flashback, Ray wears a single outfit throughout the whole movie. While he does remove his jacket and unbutton his shirt, he has no other change of clothes. Ken, on the other hand, has several wardrobe changes.
  • It only took two hours to film the cameo of ‘Ciaran Hinds’.

Goofs: Continuity: in the scene where ray shots the child, the child's left side is facing ray, however, the bullet hole is shown from the back of the child's head, to the front.

Plot: Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be. Full summary »  »

Story: London based hit men Ray and Ken are told by their boss Harry Waters to lay low in Bruges, Belgium for up to two weeks following their latest hit, which resulted in the death of an innocent bystander. Harry will be in touch with further instructions. While they wait for Harry's call, Ken, following Harry's advice, takes in the sights of the medieval city with great appreciation. But the charms of Bruges are lost on the simpler Ray, who is already despondent over the innocent death, especially as it was his first job. Things change for Ray when he meets Chloe, part of a film crew shooting a movie starring an American dwarf named Jimmy. When Harry's instructions arrive, Ken, for who the job is directed, isn't sure if he can carry out the new job, especially as he has gained a new appreciation of life from his stay in the fairytale Bruges. While Ken waits for the inevitable arrival into Bruges of an angry Harry…Written by Huggo  


Synopsis: The movie, a very dark comedy, begins in Bruges (a beautiful medieval city in Belgium) with two Irish hitmen, Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson), standing in a city square checking out the scenery. Instantly we see that Ken is enchanted with Bruges while Ray loathes the place. It is revealed that due to what happened in London they have no choice but to follow orders, stay in Bruges, lay low and wait for further instructions from Harry (Ralph Fiennes). Ray asks Ken how long he thinks they will have to stay in Bruges; Ken responds that he doesnt know, maybe two weeks. Again, we see that Ray is not happy about spending two weeks, let alone two hours, in Bruges. To add insult to injury it is Christmas and there is only one available room in the city (although at least it has two twin beds). During one of the first scenes in the hotel room Ken alludes to the incident in London indicating that they wouldn’t be in Bruges if not for what happened driving Ray to abruptly cut Ken off and retreat to the bathroom where he cries, distressed over whatever it was that occurred.

Later Ray makes comments about Harry sending them to, say…the Bahamas…instead of this "bleeping" city of Bruges. Ken advises Ray to make the best of it, for starters why don’t they climb up the tower in the square and take a look at the view. Ray snidely says, "no, he can see the ‘bleeping’ view just ‘bleeping’ fine from where he ‘bleeping’ is. Rays takes a seat (rather frustratedly) on a park bench and Ken goes off to climb the tower. The cost of going up the tower is 5 Euros for which Ken has change but is one coin short. Ken asks the cashier/guard to give him a break but the guy impatiently points out to Ken the sign that clearly states 5 Euros. Ken isn’t pleased at having to break a large bill or the cashiers refusal to cut him some slack but he pulls out a 50 or 100 Euro note and gives it to the cashier anyway putting the 4.90 in change back in his pocket (important later). Ken walks up the very narrow, winding stairs to the top of the tower and looks out over Bruges enjoying every second. He looks down on the square and sees Ray sitting on the park bench looking about as happy as a kid outside the principal’s office with his arms crossed over his chest. At that point a hint to the nature of Ray and Ken’s line of work is alluded to when Ken makes a gun of his fingers and "shoots" Ray (also important later).

The scene changes to Ray down in the square who is approached by a family of three very large Americans who virtually stand on top of Ray without a clue as to who Ray is and begin to ask him if he has been to the top of tower. Again, Ray snidely responds that no he bleeping has not. The Americans are shocked and ask him why he doesn’t want to go? Ray says he just doesn’t want to and they shouldn’t either (clearly because of their size though Ray doesn’t come out and say it – yet). This back and forth exchange goes on with the Americans clearly wondering if Ray is saying what they think he’s saying until Ray blurts out that they shouldn’t go up because they’re a bunch of bleeping elephants to which the father explodes and haplessly tries to chase Ray in one of the movies funniest scenes with Ray simply running in small circles dodging the American who can barely catch his breath after five seconds. The father gives up, the mother and daughter call Ray nasty names and they head off to go up the tower meeting an oblivious Ken coming out the door who innocently advises the large family to watch out for the narrow stairs only to be called a bleeping a-hole by the daughter. Ray shrugs to a stunned Ken as if he has no idea why the Americans are so upset.

That evening Ray and Ken happen upon a movie being filmed on the city streets. Much to Rays utter amusement the movie includes a dwarf to which Ray exclaims "Holy Shit they’re filming a movie about bleeping midgets!" (No one person, group, nationality, age, race, religion, etc is left unscathed in this movie so the politically correct set should be prepared). While watching the filming of the movie Ray catches sight of Chloe (Clemence Poisey) and is in awe of her and also mistakenly believes her to be a celebrity when in fact it turns out she is far from it. Rays stays to watch the filming and Ken goes back to the hotel room to see if Harry called. Ray sneaks on to the movie set and gets a cup of coffee from the food area behind Chloe who is helping herself as well. They have a little flirtatious exchange including discussion about midgets of whom Chloe explains prefer to be called dwarves. Ray and the Dwarf, Jimmy, are introduced and Rays amazement at Jimmy is obvious and totally irreverent. Chloe and Ray continue to talk resulting in Ray asking Chloe out for dinner the next night to which the audience thinks she has refused but instead she walks away dropping a calling card over her head much to Ray’s delight.

The scene moves to Ken back at the hotel picking up a handwritten message from Harry, which the pregnant hotel proprietress has left for them. Harry is extremely ticked off that Ray and Ken were not in when he called and the "f" word is used liberally. The proprietress took the note verbatim and left nothing out. Ken is a bit embarrassed by the whole thing and goes to bed. Ray comes home and makes little effort to be quiet and not waken Ken. He clearly wants to tell Ken all about his night and his planned date with Chloe the next evening and Ken clearly wants to go back to sleep. Ken tells Ray that Harry called and he will call again the next evening. Ray suggest it isn’t necessary for both of them to be there and considering he already has a date would Ken wait by the phone and let Ray go out with Chloe. Ken agrees as long as in exchange they go sightseeing during the day. We see that though of different personalities Ken is fond of Ray in a de facto father-son way but won’t come out and show it (and vice versa).

The next day Ken and Ray are touring an old church. Ken is giving Ray the history of the church including the fact that some part of the church behind the alter is so old it may have been touched by God and touching it would be like touching God himself. Ken clearly wants Ray to appreciate the significance of this but Ray doesn’t get it or doesn’t want to and passes on the opportunity to (in Ken’s eyes) begin to redeem himself for what happened in London and walks out of church instead leaving Ken behind. Ray walks out and sits on a bench where across the street he sees Jimmy walking and waves to him enthusiastically. Jimmy doesn’t acknowledge him leaving Ray annoyed.

The scene then flashes back to the incident in London. Ray is sitting in a confessional admitting to a priest (an uncredited Ciarin Hinds) that he is a hit man and he kills only for money. Not for revenge or out of anger, just for money. The priest who is quite dismayed by this confession asks Ray who he killed and Ray replies, "You" and shoots him. The priest stumbles out of the confessional and manages to make his way to the doorway into the church itself where Ray shoots several more bullets into his back. Before falling dead to the floor the priest faintly says "a little boy". Ray looks past the dead priest on the floor and to his horror sees and young boy, perhaps 4 or 5 years old still kneeling in prayer with a clean but blood-filled bullet hole through his otherwise pristine forehead. One of the bullets went through the priest and struck the child. The little boy then crumples to the floor, dead, with a note in his hand indicating he was praying to God to do better in Math and other simple, childhood concerns. Ray goes to the boy but it is too late and the scene ends with Ken rushing to Ray and dragging him out of the church. This is the incident that drove Harry to send Ken & Ray to Bruges to lay low and what is – despite all of Ray’s bluster and bravado – killing him inside. Ray is tormented with grief and guilt over accidentally killing the child.

The next night Ray and Chloe are sitting at a table in a restaurant where Chloe is smoking her cigarette much to the dismay of a nearby couple who don’t appreciate smoke in their faces. In an unexpected and oddly honest exchange Ray reveals he shoots people for a living and Chloe reveals she deals drugs to movie sets and neither seems the least bit concerned about the others career choice. Ray also reveals his inability to be tactful by first shamelessly insulting Bruges (Chloe’s hometown) and then going out of his way to think of a crass joke about Belgium and child molesters (a sensitive subject, sort of like obesity and school shootings in America ). Instead of being repulsed by Ray’s sensitivity Chloe shows she can give as good she gets. Chloe goes to use the bathroom and the annoyed man at the next table mutters how un-bleeping "unbelievable" it (she) is. Ray hears the guy sarcastic comment and tries to ignore it but can’t and asks the guy what the hell he meant to which the guy rudely tells Ray he doesn’t appreciate Ray’s girlfriend blowing her cigarette smoke in he and his girlfriends faces to which Ray points out that they are sitting in the smoking section to which the guy says he doesn’t bleeping care and the conversation turns into a bit of a political tit-for-tat with Ray assuming the guy is an American and therefore arrogant and imperialistic and mentions something about Vietnam which confounds the other guy and the whole thing ends up with Ray just flat-out punching the guy, then the guy’s girlfriend entering into the fray and Ray punching her in the face as well. At this time Chloe comes back to the table, surveys the scene and they both promptly leave. Ray thinks Chloe hates him when in fact she seems intrigued by him and gives him a big kiss. She then goes to make a call (important later).

Back at her apartment Ray and Chloe are very close to having sex when Chloe’s boyfriend/co-conspirator (Erik) appears behind Ray with a gun to his head. Ray realizes he has been scammed, Chloe admits she and Erik have a habit of robbing tourists, Ray is pissed because it’s been months since he’s had sex (he doesn’t seem too concerned about the gun aimed at him) meanwhile Chloe yells at Erik asking him why he came. Obviously the phone call she made was telling him not to come as she didn’t want to rob Ray in fact it seems she really does like him. Meanwhile Erik still has the gun in has hand which Ray deftly takes with a very quick maneuver involving a head butt only to find out – when a now irate Erik brandishes a very large knife – it is loaded with blanks. Ray shoots the gun at Eriks eye at very close range and whatever makes up a blank sears Eriks eye causing him terrible pain. Erik is being very un-gunman-like, holding his hand to eye and whining pathetically. Chloe takes Erik to the hospital but on her way out tells Ray to call her.

In the meantime, Ken is at the hotel when Harry calls. Not wanting to tell Harry that Ray is on a date, Ken pretends Ray is on the toilet thinking this will suffice. But no, Harry wants to know if Ray is taking a poo or just a wee. Harry then asks if Ken & Ray love Bruges as much as Harry does (from a long-ago visit). Ken is befuddled but goes along with it culminating in Harry asking Ken to get a rid of Ray for 1/2 an hour so they can talk in private still unaware that Ray is already out. Ken goes through a silly charade of pretending to get rid of Ray then there is much talk about how magical and fairy-tale like Bruges is. Harry asks Ken if Ray likes Bruges as much as they do and Ken begins to tell Harry that Ray isn’t as charmed with the place much to Harry’s disapproval. Ken recovers quickly and makes up a story about Ray walking through the city in the fog and saying something like "it’s like living a dream" which pleases Harry very much because Harry just wants Ray to experience something beautiful because "he was" a good kid. The use of the past-tense alerts Ken to Harry’s plan. We see Ken’s concern that he just gave Harry the green-light he wanted to eliminate Ray. Harry makes it clear that Ken must kill Ray because Ray killed the boy, accidentally or not. Ken does not want to do this, knowing full well how stricken Ray is and feeling like Ray can redeem himself. Harry informs Ken that since they were sent to Bruges without weapons, arrangements have been made for a gun to be picked up at a contact’s house in Bruges and the job must be complete ASAP.

Ken is conflicted with his orders, leaves the apartment and goes to a bar where he drinks 4 presumably Belgian beers in 20 minutes. Ken spies Jimmy at the other end of the bar sitting with a prostitute. In talking to Jimmy Ken learns he is American. Jimmy asks that Ken not hold it against him, Ken says he won’t as long as Jimmy doesn’t say anything too loud or obnoxious. Ray then enters the same bar and upon seeing Jimmy promptly confronts him asking why he didn’t wave back to him earlier. Jimmy apologizes saying he was high on horse tranquilizers (given to him by Chloe) and he didn’t know what he was doing or who or where he was. Jimmy, Ray, Ken and now two prostitutes end up in Jimmy’s hotel room doing drugs and making use of the prostitutes when Jimmy begins a political discussion about the inevitable race war the world is heading towards between the blacks and whites. Drunk and high, Jimmy is getting belligerent and preachy claiming the Pakistanis, the Vietnamese and basically anyone who isn’t white will side with the blacks. Ray seems more amused with the prospect of a midget versus midget war while Ken is seriously annoyed because he was married to a black woman whom he loved more than anything and she was killed by a white man. He asks Jimmy given that info who’s side will he be on in this supposed war. Jimmy retreats and says Ken will have to make that decision on his own. Ken is revealed to be a sensitive man capable of great love while also being a hit man. The night ends with Ken & Ray leaving abruptly and returning to their hotel.

The next day Ken goes to the contact’s house to the gun to kill Ray. The contact is an oddball eccentric who advises Ken if he were to murder someone he would do it in one of the alcoves in the park because they are isolated this time of year. The contact seems focused on these alcoves and an irritated Ken takes the gun and leaves. He goes back to the apartment where the proprietress greets him in the lobby remarking on what an odd person Ray is. While Ken was gone Ray had given her what appeared to be his last 200 Euros and left to go to the park. Ken goes upstairs and sees a suicide note from Ray saying he went to the park so she (the proprietress) wouldn’t have to clean up the mess. (Ray has Eriks gun and bullets he stole from Chloe’s apartment.) Ken rushes to the park and sees Ray sitting on a bench by a playground. Ken reluctantly readies his gun and walks up behind Ray aiming to shoot him when Ray puts his own gun to his own head. Realizing Ray is about to kill himself, Ken rushes forward and stops him just in time. A surprised Ray turns around, sees Ken’s gun and realizes Ken was just about to kill him. Each one wonders aloud what the other was about to do and it’s obvious to both that Ken doesn’t want to kill Ray or see him kill himself. Ray breaks down, Ken tells Ray to get on a train, leave Bruges and start over that Ray is no use to anybody dead. Ken explains what Harry is up to including the fact that he sent them to Bruges because he wanted Ray to have a vacation in a nice place before he died. This is quite comic considering how passionately Ray hates the place and the look on his face says it all. Ken tells Ray he can’t bring back the little boy but maybe he can save another. Ray knows that Ken is risking his own life by not killing him. Ken hands Ray the 200 Euros he’d given the proprietress and puts him on a train but not before taking Erik’s gun from Ray first, fearing that Ray will just try to kill himself again.

The train pulls out; Ken has made his decision and goes back to the hotel to tell Harry who is not pleased. Ken tells Harry to meet him in the square when he gets to Bruges knowing that Harry will come fore him. Meanwhile on the train, Ray is at least getting the hell out of Bruges when a steward approaches Ray and in yet another funny scene accuses Ray of "heeting Canadians". Ray has no idea what this guy is talking about when the anti-smoker from the restaurant appears and fingers Ray as the guy who attacked him. Apparently the anti-smoker was not an American but just a jerk Canadian. (Redeeming some of the anti-Americanism since it’s obvious now we haven’t cornered the market on being assholes.) Ray is taken off the train and to jail…back in Bruges. Chloe bails Ray out and they wander over to the city center where they have a beer, Ray is unaware that Harry has now arrived from London and headed for the same square to meet Ken. First Harry goes to the gun contacts house where the guy goes on about the alcoves again to Harry and where lo and behold the contact happens to be the uncle of Erik who is also there licking his wounds. We learn Erik was permanently blinded by the blank and wants Ray dead. Harry engages in a menacingly funny exchange where he puts the blame for the blindness squarely on Erik’s own shoulders because he got shot by a blank from his own gun that he used in a half-assed robbery in which he held the gun to another man’s head. To Harry, Erik got what he deserved and Erik is left speechless and red-faced. Back to Ray and Chloe who are drinking a beer at an outside cafe when Jimmy appears and invites them to watch the movie being filmed elsewhere. They decline but not before getting in one last laugh at the midget dressed in a school boy’s uniform with a little cap on his head.

Harry has now caught up with Ken at the square and knowing that Harry will kill him, Ken asks that they at least go to the tower to get it over with. On their way they walk right past a kissing Chloe and Ray and no one sees the other. Harry and Ken approach the guard/cashier (the same guy from the beginning) who says the tower is closed because some American had a heart attack while climbing the steps the day before. Harry asks the guy to do him this one favor and the guard pulls the same shtick and pointing his finger squarely in the middle of (and on!) Harry’s forehead taps out that "the tower is closed! Got it?! Ken knows this will not go over well with Harry and walks onward while in the shadows we see Harry beat the crap out of the guard. Harry and Ken then ascend the tower and upon reaching the top they each marvel at the beautiful view. To Harry’s surprise, Ken gives up his gun, he says he will not fight. He says he has too much respect for Harry and owes him too much to fight anymore. He goes on about this until we think Harry is just going to shoot him when then Harry throws up his arms saying now he can’t shoot Ken after the nice things he just said. Frustrated, Harry tries to explain to Ken why it is Ray has to be killed. Harry thinks Ray should have killed himself the minute he realized he’d killed the boy, that’s what Harry would have done (important). Ken defends Ray saying he can be redeemed and what does it matter it’s done, Ray’s gone and no one knows where he’s going. At this point Harry shoots Ken in the thigh (not a mortal wound) saying he couldn’t just let Ken get away with letting Ray go. Everything seems to be resolved, Harry is carefully helping Ken down all of the stairs one narrow step at a time when Erik sees Chloe and Ray and they ask him to join them, but he walks away.

Knowing Harry is with Ken at the tower Erik meets them on the stairs and tells them that Ray is back in Bruges and he is right outside. Everything changes, both Ken and Harry go for their guns (Ken to shoot Harry to keep him from killing Ray and Harry to shoot Ken) and in the struggle that follows Harry shoots Ken through the neck but it doesn’t kill him though there is a lot (a lot!) of blood. Harry runs down the stairs which apparently there are many of because in the time it takes for Harry to get halfway down a badly wounded Ken has dragged himself back up to the top of the tower leaving globby streams of blood in his wake. Ken reaches the top of the tower to try to warn Ray but the fog has moved in and he can’t see anything. Ken then reaches into his breast pocket and puts away his gun, reaches into his pants pocket and pulls out the change and begins to drop the coins one by one from the tower which draws the attention of the people in the square below, including Ray and Chloe. Everyone looks up at the tower in time to see Ken launch himself off and onto the pavement below. Ken hits the ground with a sickening crush. Having seen the whole thing Ray runs over realizing at the last moment that it is Ken on the ground and he is barely alive. Ken tells Ray that Harry is in Bruges and to take Ken’s gun from his pocket. A very upset Ray doesn’t know what to do but he pulls the gun from underneath Ken only to find it too is broken in pieces from the impact. Frantic, Ray tries to get Ken to tell him where Erik’s gun is but Ken tells Ray he’s going to die now and does. Just then Harry runs out of the tower stairs and sees a dead Ken on the ground and a distraught Ray standing over him. Rays makes a run for it back to the hotel where he thinks Ken hid the gun. Harry gives chase shooting at him despite the presence of other people.

Back at the hotel Ray has just enough time to get the hotel room key from the proprietress and scream at her to get away somewhere safe for her and her unborn baby’s sake. Ray runs up to the room, finds the gun then hears an altercation downstairs which is the proprietress blocking Harry’s way with her pregnant belly and a stunned Harry looking at this woman in total shock. The woman says it is her hotel and she will not leave to which Harry has no response and Ray hearing all of this is furious. He calls down the steps to Harry saying they have to take their gunfight somewhere else where the proprietress will be unharmed. Not sure how to do that they clumsily devise a plan to move the fight elsewhere with their guns still trained on each other and a stupefied proprietress questioning their sanity and intelligence. The plan is since the hotel sits alongside a canal, on the count of three Ray will run back into his room, jump out the window and Harry can run outside to the bridge and try to catch him in the canal. Plan made, they both just stand there, each waiting for the other to start counting with the proprietress looking on in disbelief. Harry tells Ray to count to three. Ray counts, Harry runs out the door in time to see Ray leap from his window into the canal and onto a passing boat. Ray thinking he’s far enough away from Harry not to be hit is surprised when Harry shoots him from the bridge square in the stomach.

At the first dock, Ray gets off the boat and continues to try to get away albeit badly hurt and again Harry gives chase. They end up at the location where Jimmy’s movie is filming which is a very surreal scene with bizarre costumes and circus-esque people lingering around. Jimmy sees Ray and realizing something isn’t right walks over to him at the same time Harry approaches Ray from behind and shoots him several times in the back just as Ray had shot the priest. We hear Ray faintly say "a little boy" before he falls over and crawls agonizingly over to the dead and horrifically disfigured body of Jimmy who was hit by one of the bullets in the forehead. Still wearing the little boy costume and unrecognizable facially, Harry sees what he thinks to be a child and saying "one must honor their own policies" puts the gun in his mouth and kills himself.

The final scene is of Chloe screaming over Ray, as he’s loaded onto a gurney and into an ambulance and his voiceover talking about Heaven and Hell and Purgatory and no matter what he just doesn’t want to die in Bruges.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Jeff Abberley known as executive producer
  • Julia Blackman known as executive producer
  • Graham Broadbent known as producer
  • Peter Czernin known as producer (as Pete Czernin)
  • Sarah Harvey known as co-producer
  • Tessa Ross known as executive producer
  • Ronaldo Vasconcellos known as line producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Elizabeth Berrington known as Natalie
  • Rudy Blomme known as Ticket Seller
  • Olivier Bonjour known as Film Director
  • Mark Donovan known as Overweight Man
  • Ann Elsley known as Overweight Woman #2
  • Colin Farrell known as Ray
  • Jean-Marc Favorin known as Policeman (as Jean Mark Favorin)
  • Ralph Fiennes known as Harry
  • Brendan Gleeson known as Ken
  • Eric Godon known as Yuri
  • Zeljko Ivanek known as Canadian Guy
  • Sachi Kimura known as Imamoto
  • Anna Madeley known as Denise
  • Louis Nummy known as Harry's child #3
  • Clémence Poésy known as Chloe
  • Jordan Prentice known as Jimmy
  • Jérémie Renier known as Eirik (as Jérémie Rénier)
  • Thekla Reuten known as Marie
  • Theo Stevenson known as Boy in Church
  • Inez Stinton known as Kelli
  • Emily Thorling known as Overweight Woman
  • Angel Witney known as Harry's child #2
  • Bonnie Witney known as Harry's child #1
  • Ran Yaniv known as Barman
  • Stephanie Carey known as Canadian Girl
  • Jamie Edgell known as Boat Driver
  • Susan Ateh known as Ken's Wife (uncredited)
  • Michael Bennett known as Belgian Policeman (uncredited)
  • Ciarán Hinds known as Priest (uncredited)
  • Matt Smith known as Young Harry (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Francesco Alberico known as hair stylist
  • Charlotte Hayward known as hair trainee
  • Charlotte Hayward known as makeup trainee
  • Sallie Jaye known as hair designer
  • Sallie Jaye known as makeup designer
  • Sharon Martin known as makeup artist
  • Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore known as contact lens technician
  • David White known as prosthetic makeup designer: Altered States FX
  • Pamela Goldammer known as prosthetics workshop technician (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Joshua Barraud known as stand-by art director
  • Philippe Bertin known as set dresser
  • Jacco Bout known as dressing props
  • Tim Browning known as assistant art director
  • Robert Clarke known as construction rigger
  • Guy Cope known as stand-by rigger
  • George Dean known as head painter
  • Arwel Evans known as stand-by props
  • Stephen Forrest-Smith known as storyboard artist (as Steve Forrest-Smith)
  • Niki Geeraerts known as stagehand
  • Muffin Green known as property master
  • Kathy Heaser known as graphic designer
  • Peter Hodge known as stand-by carpenter
  • Alez King known as stand-by props
  • Richard Law known as construction rigger
  • Steven Liegeois known as production buyer: BE
  • Chris Lievens known as stand-by props
  • Adam McCreight known as dressing props (as Adam McReight)
  • Pascal Mievis known as carpenter
  • Eddie Murphy known as construction supervisor
  • Robbe Nuyttens known as set dresser
  • Mark Overall known as carpenter
  • Gert Pannecoucke known as petty cash buyer
  • Antoine Robin known as construction manager
  • Ignacio J. Santeugini known as carpenter (as Nacho Santeugini)
  • Luke Sargent known as carpenter
  • Nick Sargent known as construction supervisor (as Nicholas Sargent)
  • Russell Sargent known as carpenter (as Russ Sargent)
  • Charlotte Sierens known as art department runner
  • Patrick Tierssoone known as construction technical advisor
  • Peggy Verstraeten known as stand-by props
  • Rod Whiting known as storeman
  • Sarah Whittle known as production buyer: London
  • Peter Wilkinson known as painter
  • Rohan Harris known as model maker (uncredited)
  • Colin Jackman known as sculptor (uncredited)
  • John Jones known as prop maker (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Blueprint Pictures
  • Film4 (funding)
  • Focus Features
  • Scion Films

Other Companies:

  • AON/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services  insurance provided by
  • ARRI Lighting Rental  lighting
  • ARRI Media  camera and grip equipment provided by
  • Ace Film Catering  catering
  • Angel Studios  music mixed at
  • Angel Studios  music recorded at
  • Birds & Animals UK  animal handlers (as Birds & Animals)
  • Camouflage Filmservice  plastering (as Camouflage)
  • Clearing House, The  clearances
  • Compuhire  24 frame playback
  • Eltebe N.V.  unit minibuses
  • Film4  development
  • Framestore CFC  digital intermediate (as Digital Lab, Framestore-CFC)
  • Gearbox Sound and Vision  additional ProTools systems supplied by
  • Goldcrest Post Production London  adr recorded at (as Goldcrest Post Production)
  • Hackenbacker Audio Post Production  adr recorded at
  • Hackenbacker Audio Post Production  re-recorded at
  • Hothouse Music  music supervision
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • Isobel Griffiths Limited  music contractor
  • Kodak  motion picture film supplied by
  • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack
  • London Session Orchestra, The  orchestra (uncredited)
  • Midnight Transfer  high-definition preview conform
  • Midnight Transfer  telecine high-definition facilities
  • Movie Lot, The  security: UK
  • Murphy PR  publicity
  • Pivotal Post  editing equipment
  • Sapex Scripts  post-production services
  • Sargent-Disc  payroll services
  • Set Wheels  unit transportation
  • Soundtrack  adr facility
  • Translux  facilities and technical vehicles
  • UK Computamatch  negative cutting (as Computamatch)
  • V&D Security  security
  • Wiggin  legal services
  • Wiggin  legal services: Film4


  • Focus Features (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • BFD (2009) (Chile) (theatrical)
  • Distribution Company (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Hollywood Classic Entertainment (2008) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • Odeon (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Paris Filmes (2008) (Brazil) (theatrical)
  • Shaw Organisation (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • TOBIS Film (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Gativideo (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Geneon Universal Entertainment (2009) (Japan) (DVD) (rental)
  • Paradise Group (2008) (Russia) (all media)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2008) (Finland) (all media)
  • Universal Home Entertainment (2008) (UK) (DVD)
  • Universal Pictures Benelux (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Universum Film (UFA) (2009) (Germany) (DVD)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Altered States FX (prosthetic make-up design)
  • Double Negative (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Louie Alexander known as retouch and restoration: Framestore-CFC
  • Oliver Atherton known as sequence lead compositor: Double Negative
  • Michael Atkin known as matchmover: Double Negative
  • Nicola Atkinson known as matchmover: Double Negative
  • Ben Baker known as head of digital lab: Framestore-CFC
  • Richard Briscoe known as visual effects supervisor: Double Negative
  • Andy Burrow known as scanning and recording manager: Framestore-CFC
  • Francesca Canducci known as retouch and restoration: Framestore-CFC
  • Eric D'Souza known as digital lab engineer: Framestore-CFC
  • Jerome Dewhurst known as digital lab engineer: Frametore-CFC
  • Richard Diver known as visual effects editor: Double Negative
  • Kenneth Fanning known as matchmover: Double Negative (as Ken Fanning)
  • Gavin Gregory known as visual effects coordinator: Double Negative
  • Jerry Hall known as compositor: Double Negative
  • Adam Hawkes known as retouch and restoration: Framestore-CFC
  • Aeon Henderson known as compositor: Double Negative
  • Joseph Hoare known as scanning and recording: Framestore-CFC
  • Yan Jennings known as film mastering engineer: Framestore-CFC
  • Jody Johnson known as digital supervisor: Double Negative
  • David Johnston known as data operator: Framestore-CFC
  • Kevin Lowery known as film mastering engineer: Framestore-CFC
  • Rupert Porter known as visual effects producer: Double Negative
  • Ian Redmond known as digital lab engineer: Framestore-CFC
  • Jimmy Saul known as scanning and recording: Framestore-CFC
  • Nick Stanley known as retouch and restoration: Framestore-CFC
  • Davi Stein known as compositor: Double Negative
  • Odean Thompson known as retouch and restoration: Framestore-CFC (as O'Dean Thompson)
  • Simon Trafford known as sequence lead compositor: Double Negative
  • Simon Wessely known as data operator: Framestore-CFC
  • Patrick Zentis known as digital matte painter: Double Negative
  • Szvák Antal known as visual effects coordinator: Cube Effects (uncredited)
  • Jaume Arteman known as digital compositor: Double Negative (uncredited)
  • Szapek Attila known as compositor: Cube Effects (uncredited)
  • Zoltán Benyó known as visual effects producer: Cube Effects (uncredited)
  • Zachary Bloom known as scanning and recording: Framestore-CFC (uncredited)
  • Clare Brody known as digital intermediate: data operator (uncredited)
  • Paul Burke known as scanning and recording: Framestore-CFC (uncredited)
  • Dave Calub known as retouch and restoration: Framestore-CFC (uncredited)
  • Zoe Cousins known as scan record operator (uncredited)
  • Richard Edwards known as data operator: Framestore-CFC (uncredited)
  • Péter Farkas known as digital compositor: Cube Effects (uncredited)
  • Tamás Fiedler known as digital compositor: Cube Effects (uncredited)
  • Mai Gray known as retouch and restoration: Framestore-CFC (uncredited)
  • Alistair Hamer known as film mastering engineer (uncredited)
  • Pete Hanson known as studio manager: Double Negative (uncredited)
  • Karsten Hecker known as scanning & film recording assistant manager: Framestore-CFC (uncredited)
  • John Inch known as retouch and restoration (uncredited)
  • Rafal Kaniewski known as compositor (uncredited)
  • Pál Klemm known as supervising digital compositor: Cube Effects (uncredited)
  • Katalin Kriskó known as roto/prep artist: Cube Effects (uncredited)
  • Aaron Lear known as digital cleanup artist: Framestore-CFC (uncredited)
  • Taz Lodder known as technical support: Double Negative (uncredited)
  • James Long known as data operator (uncredited)
  • Veronica Marcano known as scanning and recording operator: Framestore-CFC (uncredited)
  • James Reed known as scanning and recording (uncredited)
  • Zoltán Szegedi known as digital artist: Cube Effects (uncredited)
  • Gábor Székely known as technical director: Cube Effects (uncredited)
  • Derek Walsh known as assistant visual effects editor: Double Negative (uncredited)
  • Péter Zavorszky known as visual effects production manager: Cube Effects (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 17 January 2008 (Sundance Film Festival)
  • USA 8 February 2008 (limited)
  • Ireland 15 February 2008 (Dublin Film Festival)
  • Poland 29 February 2008
  • Ireland 7 March 2008
  • Iceland 19 March 2008
  • Greece 3 April 2008
  • Israel 17 April 2008
  • UK 18 April 2008
  • Czech Republic 8 May 2008
  • Germany 15 May 2008
  • Russia 15 May 2008
  • Austria 16 May 2008
  • Italy 16 May 2008
  • Hungary 29 May 2008
  • India 20 June 2008
  • France 25 June 2008
  • Netherlands 26 June 2008
  • Belgium 2 July 2008
  • Switzerland 17 July 2008 (German speaking region)
  • Spain 18 July 2008
  • Slovakia 31 July 2008
  • Switzerland 13 August 2008 (French speaking region)
  • Croatia 14 August 2008
  • Finland 24 August 2008 (Espoo Film Festival)
  • Taiwan 29 August 2008
  • Finland 3 September 2008 (limited)
  • Australia 4 September 2008
  • Thailand 4 September 2008
  • Denmark 5 September 2008
  • Estonia 5 September 2008
  • Finland 12 September 2008
  • Brazil 26 September 2008 (Festival do Rio BR)
  • Argentina 2 October 2008
  • Brazil 17 October 2008
  • Portugal 30 October 2008
  • New Zealand 6 November 2008
  • Sweden 17 December 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Chile 15 January 2009
  • South Korea 5 March 2009
  • Mexico 20 March 2009
  • Bulgaria 27 March 2009
  • Peru 16 April 2009
  • Venezuela 19 June 2009
  • Colombia 4 September 2009
  • Japan 2 December 2009 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language and some drug use



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. l_JohnOwens_l from Boston
    30 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

    For those who might not know the name, director Martin McDonagh is anIrish playwright who won the Oscar last year for his short film "SixShooter" about a chance encounter on a train, and that film's starBrendan Gleeson has returned as Ken, one of two hit men sent to themedieval city of Bruges in Belgium along with his partner Ray (ColinFarrell) to rest and lay low after a hit gone horribly wrong. Ray is amiserable bastard who makes it clear he's not happy about being inBruges, but Ken convinces him that their boss Harry has a job for themthere, as well as allowing them a chance for some sightseeing, none ofwhich improves Ray's mood. Things look up when he meets the beautifullocal woman Chloe, played by French actress Clémence Poésy–you mayremember her as Fleur Delacore in Harry Potter and the Goblet ofFire–and scores himself a date, which also goes horribly wrong due toRay shooting off his big mouth. From there things continue to go southas Ray and Ken get into all sorts of messes and meet strangecharacters, all of whom will play a part in the larger picture.

    There aren't too many non-Belgian films set in Belgium, and Bruges is abeautiful but odd place to set an entire movie. You'll probably learnmore about the place than you ever need to know as Ken narrates theirsightseeing excursions with a few factoids about the place. The entirefirst act is driven by the chemistry between Farrell and Gleason asthey deliver rapid-fire patter that reminds one of McDonagh'sbackground as a playwright, but it makes them as immediately endearingas Vincent and Jules in "Pulp Fiction," allowing for an even biggerimpact as things happen to them. Our first encounter with the boys'boss Harry is an expletive filled telegraph and an equally amusingphone conversation with Ken, making it obvious that this is a mobstercut from the same cloth as Ben Kingsley's Don Logan. Those who don'trecognize the voice will be thrilled when they learn who plays Harry,because it's a pleasant surprise.

    This is easily Colin Farrell's best role and performance in a longtime, one that allows him to show a lot of range, not just as thebig-mouthed prat we assume Ray to be, but also as a thoughtful mandistraught about what happened in London. Having seen the error of hisways, he feels the need to make right, even if he hides it with a lotof complaining and arguments, and that carries over to Gleason's Ken,continuing his great run with McDonagh.

    McDonagh has created a clever script that interweaves its small cast ofcharacters into an intricate crime caper that mixes humor, violence andtrue heartfelt human emotions into a brilliant debut feature. Just whenyou think you know where things are going, McDonagh throws a sharpcurve ball at you and then another, and another, and pretty soon, whatstarted as a two-handed talkie has turned into a hold-your-breathaction flick, when Harry turns up in Bruges to rectify some businessthat Ken has botched. Even so, it never loses what made the first halfso charming and entertaining, because McDonagh's impressive dialogueremains at the forefront for the extended confrontation between Ken andHarry. The ending might be somewhat grim for some tastes going by thelightness of what's gone before, but the way everything is tiedtogether makes it all worth it.

    Anyone worried that Tarantino and Ritchie's best work might be behindthem, can revel in the promise of McDonagh's take on the crime-comedygenre, as this talented filmmaker shows that "Six Shooter" was no flukeand this movie begins what's likely to be a long and promising filmcareer. On top of that, if "In Bruges" doesn't end up being thefunniest and most quotable movies of the year, then it should be veryclose

  2. Michael-Giuffre-2 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

    I've used IMDb for years but have never felt the urge to post a reviewuntil now. I had the pleasure of attending an advanced screening ofthis movie in NYC last night to which Colin Farrell attended. I boughtthe screening tickets just wanting to bring my fiancé to see somecelebrities in person while not knowing much about the movie. I figuredit would be a "hard-to-understand" foreign, indie film whose humorwould be lost on a "dumb American." However, the truth was absolutelythe opposite. My hard-to-please fiancé agreed.

    The movie is a bit slow for the first half but it's entirely necessaryto set the mood and the contrast between that and the second half.That's all I'll say so as not to spoil anything. It is really a greatmovie. There's comedy, beautiful cinematography, and awesome actionscenes, albeit scattered throughout and absent at times when the viewermay be growing weary. I'd highly recommend seeing this movie. It'sdefinitely worth the price of a movie ticket while most of the crap outthere these days isn't worth the cost of the paper they print thetickets on.

    Let us all know what you think after you see it.

  3. David H. Schleicher from New Jersey, USA
    30 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

    …in Bruges. Two Irish hit men (Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell) aresent into hiding by their British boss (Ralph Fiennes) in Bruges,Belgium after a botched job only to learn that the most damning jobawaits one of them just around the corner. Bruges is a picturesquetourist trap built around the oldest and best maintained medieval cityin Belgium. Director and screenwriter Martin McDonagh bleeds thesetting and the material for all its worth and makes his feature filmdebut in superb style.

    The dark comedy built around the existential quandaries of hit men hasbeen done to death over the years. If last summer's "You Kill Me" wasthe relentlessly dark and relentlessly sitcom-y take on the genre, then"In Bruges" is the hipster art film take on the theme. McDonaghdeserves all the credit in the world for breathing life into the stalestory by texturing the tonal shifts with crisp digital camera-work(that is surprisingly haunting), deep character development, and bycreating a wonderful sense of place. Imagine a Graham Greene novel("Brighton Rock" specifically comes to mind) modernized by David Mamet.The dialog is super smart and wickedly un-PC while the comedy parts areas gut-busting as the crime thriller parts are suspenseful.

    McDonagh has also brought together an outstanding cast who thrive inthe material. Farrell defies all odds and manages to be as sympatheticin the dramatic parts as he is charmingly sarcastic in the comedicparts. Brendan Gleeson gives a fantastically nuanced portrayal asFarrell's mentor and friend. Meanwhile, Ralph Fiennes channels thescary-as-hell energy he's used previously in "Schindler's List" and therecent "Harry Potter" films in a limber subversion that is afrighteningly fun to watch. The supporting cast is to die for, withJordan Prentice spot-on as a coked-up dwarf actor shooting an abhorrentart film on the streets of Bruges, and Clemence Poesy coyly seductiveand unforgettable as Farrell's unlikely local love interest.

    Ultimately "In Bruges" meanders down too many cobblestone paths, andone scene near the end involving a bell tower stretches credibility butadds necessary dramatic effect. Certain plot elements will turn off alarge segment of the viewing audience. However, those with the rightmindset will be greatly rewarded. "In Bruges" is hilarious,contemplative, sometimes scathing, often nihilistic, but marked by ashockingly hopeful undercurrent while tones shift and the colors of thehuman condition undulate in McDonagh's insightful light. The arrival ofa commanding talent has been heralded…in Bruges.

  4. allison-190 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

    Going into this movie, I didn't have the highest expectations for it.However, I went to see it anyways, and let me just say that by the endcredits I was completely shocked out how much I actually liked thismovie. It was not only very funny but you were able to connect with thecharacters in a way you didn't think you would. The plot was def. veryinteresting and kept my attention the whole way through. Only realproblem I had with the movie was that it was a little bit too long, butit didn't take away from anything. I should also say that I'm not ahuge Colin Farrell fan, but after this movie I believe that he hasproved that he can hold his own with the other leading men out there. Ithought there were some beautiful moments that they captured on filmwhere you see him dealing with his characters inner demons. I wouldhighly recommend this movie to anyone who is looking for something"different", if you're sick of seeing the same "hollywood-esque"movies, then please give this movie a shot. If anything, enjoy it forthe witty dialogue.

  5. colinbarnard-1 from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

    A European film through and through, showing its deep theatrical roots,"In Bruges" works on may levels, and is a fine night at the cinema.

    The film follows the denouement of a "job" gone bad for two Irish hitmen, who are forced to hole up in Bruges, Belgium, and really can'tstand the inactivity. The forced waiting, a symbolic purgatory in bothassassins' struggle for absolution, gives Brendan Gleeson and ColinFarrell a chance to act through some marvelous comic dialogue.

    The film itself looks like it was filmed in an area of the old city ofBruges that is no more than a 500 square metre radius. It doesn'tmatter, because the film is a character study more than anything, andlike all good theatre, the character interplay allows the audience toforget the confined spaces.

    Ralph Fiennes comes into the film late basically stealing BenKingsley's character from "Sexy Beast". This has to be an absolutelydeliberate choice, so can't really be criticized. The writing is sogood that Fiennes can have real fun with it. All the actors do, as amatter of fact.

    I have been deeply suspicious of Colin Farrell's ability to read ascript in the past. His choices of projects in the past has beenspotty. Not this time: his acting ability is brought to the fore bydirector and screenwriter Martin McDonagh. Farrell gives a very strongperformance as a morally challenged hit-man.

    Brendan Gleeson has been around forever, and is a renowned characteractor. You may remember him from "Braveheart" as Hamish Campbell, MelGibson's loyal adjutant. He is able to completely bury himself in thispart. Colin Farrell has the capacity to reach these heights as well,and in fact, in this film, shows many of the mannerisms and intensityof Russell Crowe (whom I consider to be the best actor on the planet).

    I appreciated the comedy and satire working hand in hand with the moralcomplexity of the characters' inner struggles. It makes for a verysatisfying film, one that is much more than entertainment. When youconsider what the budget was in comparison to many Hollywood films, "InBruges" serves as a reminder that it is the script and the quality ofthe direction that makes a film. Why Hollywood thinks they can justthrow money into a project and expect people to come to the cinema isbeyond me.

  6. kasserine from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

    One of the problems with seeing a trailer for a film is it creates anexpectation. If it raises expectations, and the film delivers, great.However, if the film is less then expected, then the viewer feelscheated. The best case scenario is the one I found myself in before Isaw In Bruges. Low expectations.

    After seeing the trailer, In Bruges looked like a plodding Britishcomedy with little originality and repetitious humor, hence the lowexpectations. Yet, In Bruges exceeded my minimal expectations, and,unlike my impression from the trailer, was an original drama with goodacting and a nice blend of comedy mixed in. It was funny in the rightplaces and appropriately dramatic when the story shifted into high geartowards the end.

    Set in, no surprise here, Bruges, Belgium, the plot focuses on twoLondon hit men, Ray played by Colin Farrell, and Ken, played by BrendanGleeson. The pair is sent to Belgium after Ray botches his first hi.And therein lies the humor, Ray has no interest in being in themedieval city, and Ken wants to sight see.

    I've never really liked Colin Farrell but who knew he had such a goodsense of comedic timing? There is a running gag involving fighting witha bottle, and karate, that he manages to keep fresh as it pops upthroughout the film. Brendan Gleeson's character provides the moralcenter and plays the straight man to Farrell's Ray. This works well asthe movie turns more serious towards the end. However, for my money,the best performance is delivered by Ralph Fiennes who plays Harry thepair's criminal overlord back in London. Whereas Gleeson characterembodies the moral center, Fiennes's Harry fills the role of principledimmorality, if there is such a thing. Fiennes creates a character witha dubious moral center and is a quite believable figure of menace whenhe travels to Bruges to square off with Ken. Also, of note, is JordanPrentice, an irritable dwarf who's in town to act in a movie filmingthere. His ramblings in one scene, about a coming race war, is worththe price of admission right there.

    The only aspect of the film that didn't work for me was Ray's loveinterest. Early in the film he manages to woo Chloe, a drug dealerwith, drum roll please, a heart of gold. For my tastes, the buddingromance seems a little forced and comes across more as a vehicle forjokes and drama. But it's a small thing and I doubt anyone but me wouldnotice.

    I intentionally left a lot of plot points out, because, as I'vementioned, this film surprised me in a good way and I don't won't toruin it for anyone else.

    In Bruges is a good film. Go see it.

    At the very least, it'll make you want to visit Bruges.

  7. stack888 from Vancouver, Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

    Well, to be honest I wasn't sure what to expect from this film, nor amI fan of Colin Farrell, in fact I really didn't like him at allpreviously….but now I have a new found respect for him and withGleason and Fienes both in excellent form coupled with a very quick andwitty script and some surprisingly violent scenes, this film really hassomething for everyone (except the young kids).

    I go to see 2 or 3 movies every week and this is just about the bestone I've seen since Last King of Scotland and The Departed came out acouple of years back.


  8. David Ferguson ( from Dallas, Texas
    30 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

    Greetings again from the darkness. Award winning playwright MartinMcDonagh brings his amazing writing talents to the big screen andscores with his first turn as a feature film director. The city ofBruges (yes, in Belgium) is the perfect setting for the multi-layeredstory. Its well preserved medieval architecture is like an characterunto itself.

    Colin Farrell delivers by far his best performance to date. He isfunny, dangerous, sexy and emotional throughout. This is exceptionalacting from a guy who tends to disappoint. Of course, it helps to havemagnificent writing and this one most certainly delivers on that front.The dialogue is quirky and quick … so tune in early.

    Strong work also from Brendon Gleeson, who all will recognize from"Gangs of New York" and the Harry Potter series. He is a tough guy witha streak of humanity. The third piece of the puzzle is Ralph Fiennes asthe mastermind bad guy. The supporting work is fine from JordanPrentice as the dwarf actor (sadly Mr. Prentice is most famous forplaying Howard the Duck) and a very cute Clemence Poesy as Farrell'sodd love interest.

    Very few writers can write dialogue like this and even fewer can juggleas many layers without making a film seem busy, crowded or forced.Hopefully Mr. McDonagh will bring more of his work to the big screen… he certainly adds a touch of class!

  9. jaredmobarak from buffalo, ny, usa
    30 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

    I think that I will shortly be purchasing the Oscar winning short filmSix Shooter from 2004. I've got an iTunes gift card for just the job.The thought occurred to me after seeing the wonderful debut fromdirector Martin McDonagh, In Bruges. After seeing the trailer, whichreally worked for me, many times and wondering at how it is from anOscar winning director yet never hearing of the name, I did someresearch. While he already has more little gold men than AlfredHitchcock, his actual feature premiere is what has opened this weekend.It is Irish, most definitely, and if you have trouble with the accent,maybe you should steer clear until in comes out on DVD, however, if youcan cope, this is a smart pitch black comedy. When I say pitch black, Imean black hole expanse of darkness. The trailer leads you to believeit will be an uproarious time, and while it is very funny and verysmart, there is a tragic event that is held over the proceedings,lending a somber shadow over all that occurs. In the end though, it isconsistent with its wit and drama, telling an intriguing story andnever relying on the laughs to hide any plot point that the creatorsmay not have wanted to work out to completion.

    If I am to gripe about anything, it will be the ending. Not the veryend, however, as that is absolutely perfect. The camera-work,voice-over, and final shot cannot be argued, it is the climax thathappens just before that rings false. It is the only moment like that,though, so I don't hold it against the film. McDonagh needed a way toget his characters to their arc's conclusions and if that means turningone of the roles, at first seeming to be there for jokes, into a pawnfor a symmetrical kind of convenience, I'll give him that reprieve. Asfar as fitting with the story, yeah it works; it has to because theincident is alluded to unknowingly at many times during the course ofthe sightseeing romp. I guess I think it fits too well and wishMcDonagh could have come up with another way to do it.

    Besides that, though, In Bruges is a great time at the theatre. ColinFarrell is steadily becoming a favorite of mine with his precise comictiming and broad facial expressions. I may be one of the few people onearth that loved his comedic turn in Woody Allen's Cassandra's Dream,(yes I truly believe the comedy was intentional), and here he shows itwas not a fluke. Kind of similar to his scene-stealing role inIntermission, he is a punk with a lousy disposition and disregard fortact. Here, however, he also has a conscience. This tug-of-war is ripefor laughs as he is a sweet guy, he just doesn't know how to keep hismouth shut. One-liners are in abundance and you will be laughingcontinuously. Brendan Gleeson helps this fact by being an effectivestraightman to play off of. He knows the score and tries to enjoy the"fairytale" city while his cohort sulks and puts on "moods like a fiveyear old" because, honestly, unless you grew up on a farm and wereslightly retarded, Bruges is really just hell on earth. (Actually, thecity looks pretty great and I wouldn't mind checking it out once in mylifetime.) The periphery roles, and there are many, also add depth andinterest to the film. Small characters like Eric Godon's alcove lovinggun dealer, Jordan Prentice as a horse-tranquilizer taking midget actor(he played Howard the Duck, that is awesome), and Clémence Poésy as thelove interest and enigma Cholë all are fun and never quite feel justthrown in as jokes, but instead integral parts to the story. Of course,the great Ralph Fiennes is involved too. His accent and vocabularyrivals Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast and unfortunately is a much smallerpart than anticipated from the trailer. Well maybe not unfortunately,because if he was in more it might have become a gimmick. I alsocouldn't help stop thinking of Harry Potter with Mad-Eye Moody, LordVoldemort, and Fleur Delacour all involved.

    I highly recommend this film for anyone looking to see a good dramawith comic overtones. Don't go in thinking this is to be a total goodtime, with laughs a minute, there is so much more to the tale that youmay not expect or necessarily be hoping for. At times it is very darkand drains every molecule of happiness out of your heads, butthankfully a good joke or line will be coming shortly to alleviate thedepression.

  10. segacs from Montreal, Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

    Went to see it for the setting. Loved it for the dialogue. Wished ithad just gone a bit further.

    In Bruges is a dark comedy set in the beautiful medieval town ofBruges, Belgium, featuring an Irish duo of hit men who have beenordered by their boss to hide out there after a high-profile job inLondon went sour. Their instructions are to keep a low profile,sightsee, and generally avoid trouble until further notice.

    But all is not as it seems.

    The dialogue between Gleeson and Farrell is witty, delivered withperfect comic timing, zany, and a joy to watch. Farrell and thecharming Clémence Poésy also have great chemistry and are fun to watchon screen. The humour is designed to make viewers uncomfortable, andsucceeds remarkably on this count. If you're looking for politicalcorrectness, you won't find it here. What you will find are jabs atAmericans, tourists, gays, blacks, whites, fat people, and oh yeah,midgets. As this odd assortment of characters mixes and mingles in thestreets of Bruges, the tension builds.

    And there's just enough of a psychological dark edge to keep thingsinteresting. This is a comedy, yes, but it's by no means light andfluffy. This movie has been compared to The Big Hit or The Whole NineYards, but in fact, it's much, much darker. And in my opinion, thatmakes it better.

    Shot entirely on location in Bruges, the backdrop is of coursestunning. I originally went to see this knowing absolutely nothingabout it other than the title, simply because, having visited Bruges, Icouldn't resist an opportunity to see it on the big screen. Filmed inthe wintertime and largely at night, Bruges itself is one of the starsof the movie. Like the other characters, it is not portrayed as light,airy, innocent or picturesque, the way it is in real life. Instead, itsmore haunting quality is captured elegantly on film, with a heavy mistgiving the town a sort of eerie, dream-like quality.

    So much of this movie was just right, and I highly recommend it topeople who like twisted humour and aren't easily offended.

    I have two issues with this film, however. The first is the score. Themusic is completely wrong for this movie, giving it a feel that doesn'twork at all with the dark comedy tone. The melancholy, slow, stirringmusic would've worked nicely with a drama or a psychological periodpiece, but just seems out of place here.

    The second issue is with the ending. Nope, I won't give it away.Suffice to say, I thought it was wrong, wrong, wrong. All wrong. Almostas though the author couldn't figure out what to do next or how to endthis thing.

    But overall, I really enjoyed In Bruges. It was wickedly funny,daringly different, and fantastically non-PC. And the shots of Brugesare wonderful. Despite what the main characters say about the place,Bruges is really quite wonderful. I suggest seeing both the movie andthe city.

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