Beowulf & Grendel (2005)

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In Denmark, during the 6th century, Danish king Hrothgar and his warriors kill a troll whose son, Grendel, vows revenge.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hringur Ingvarsson ...
Grendel (as Ingvar E. Sigurdsson)
Gunnar Eyjólfsson ...
Mark Lewis ...
King Hygelac
Elva Ósk Ólafsdóttir ...
Wealtheow (as Steinunn Ólína Thorsteinsdóttir)


The blood-soaked tale of a Norse warrior's battle against the great and murderous troll, Grendel. Out of allegiance to the King Hrothgar, the much respected Lord of the Danes, Beowulf leads a troop of warriors across the sea to rid a village of the marauding monster. The monster, Grendel, is not a creature of mythic powers, but one of flesh and blood - immense flesh and raging blood, driven by a vengeance from being wronged, while Beowulf, a victorious soldier in his own right, has become increasingly troubled by the hero-myth rising up around his exploits. Beowulf's willingness to kill on behalf of Hrothgar wavers when it becomes clear that the King is more responsible for the troll's rampages than was first apparent. As a soldier, Beowulf is unaccustomed to hesitating. His relationship with the mesmerizing witch, Selma, creates deeper confusion. Swinging his sword at a great, stinking beast is no longer such a simple act. The story is set in barbarous Northern Europe where the reign... Written by Roundstone Communications

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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9 March 2006 (Thailand)  »

Also Known As:

A Lenda de Grendel  »

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$4,360 (USA) (16 June 2006)


$66,851 (USA) (11 August 2006)

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Did You Know?


In 1731, the original manuscript that the movie is based on was severely damaged by fire, along with several other medieval writings, in London UK. See more »


At the beginning, when Grendel's father is running with his son in his arms, it is clearly a dummy. See more »


Beowulf: And what did he do to you?
King Hrothgar: [shrugs] Crossed our path. Took a fish.
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Version of Grendel Grendel Grendel (1981) See more »

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Sturla Gunnarsson's "Beowulf & Grendel" is a Must-See
17 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate to see Sturla Gunnarsson's "Beowulf & Grendel" at the Toronto International Film Festival. This film is MUCH MORE than the long epic poem we read in high school! It is a film infused with humor, heart, suspense, and qualities of character and motivation which make it memorable indeed! Yes, there is violence, but that is the nature of the beast, so to speak. The story tells of people living in rather primitive circumstances (compared to modern Western standards) and war is a way of life. Without going into the story, it can safely be said that the introduction of the hero Beowulf (wonderfully played by Gerard Butler) leads to a tale of honor, friendship, loyalty, bravery, horror, and retribution. The musical score, sets, costumes, armor and weaponry, and especially the landscape (filmed entirely in Iceland!) add to the splendor of this movie. I have recommended B&G to our friends, and we hope it is widely distributed.

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