In Bruges

In Bruges

DVD - 2008
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Two hitmen, ordered by their ruthless crime boss to hide out in the fairytale city of Bruges (Belgium), soon find themselves in a life-and-death struggle of comic proportions. Filled with thrilling chases, spectacular shoot-outs, and an explosive ending.
Publisher: [UNITED STATES] : Focus Features, 2008
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD In
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 107 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 21, 2018

Colin Farrell was very good in this and I am glad I watched it.

Dec 03, 2017

A dark comedy about two hit men -- one interested, and one uninterested in enjoying a sudden trip to Belgium -- that provokes interesting responses. (See comments below. No, it's not at all about a race war. And the relatively little violence is not excessive, just realistic -- something film goers may not be familiar with.) It is on the art house side, but most people will be swept away by the dialogue, the acting, the outrageous humour, and the surprisingly tense climax. This film magnified my crush on Brendan Gleeson, and even made me start to take Colin Farrell seriously.

Mar 24, 2017

Great acting great film . Hilarious 420

Dec 09, 2016

Two hit men, one a seasoned veteran and the other a rookie, kill time in picturesque Bruges, Belgium while awaiting their fate and orders from their boss. The movie takes place around Christmas, but it is not a holiday film. I recommend it for fans of gangster/crime movies. It is classified as a comedy, but I didn't think it was a laugh riot. The humor is dark and similar to Pulp Fiction's. All of the performances are good, and it's one of the better films I've seen Colin Farrell in. It is crude at times. In Bruges is rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language and some drug use.

Feb 23, 2016

What a treat to go slumming with the likes of Fiennes, Gleeson and Farrell. In this gem, all three wonderfully emphasize the "everyman" within their deeply flawed characters. No classic cinema here; the story is boldly absurd, hilarious and touching. I enjoyed it immensely.

Aug 04, 2015

Rated 1/10. One of the worst movies I've ever seen.

Apr 14, 2015

I didn't expect such a unique story. This was a different type of film for the characters, but if you don't get British film comedy it may not be for you.

Mar 07, 2015

Hilarious movie- though be warned it is full of profanity, and the movie is a rather brutal ( at times ) black comedy.

Jan 12, 2015

A very tedious film to watch. I heard about this film after coming home from a European vacation and I took a day trip to Bruges on a suggestion from a receptionist at the hostel that I stayed at in Brussels. Bruges is a nice, quaint, cosmopolitan town, yet the film downplays the sophistication of the locals and over-romanticizes the "fairy tale" qualities of the town. Colin Farrell's acting is so painful to watch. I'd suggest watching a documentary on Bruges instead.

Dec 19, 2014

The Irish humour is dark and heavy in Martin McDonagh’s amazing debut feature, a thoroughly engrossing mix of Shakespearean tragedy and religious parable with just a touch of Abbot & Costello. Ray and Ken are hired killers on the lam after a contracted murder in London goes horribly awry. Fleeing to Brussels to hide out while awaiting further instructions from Harry, the brutish gangster who hired them, the two men try to get along as best they can despite wildly differing personalities. But when the new orders finally arrive, Harry ends up making them an offer they can neither refuse nor accept. As the foul-mouthed yet strangely vulnerable Ray, Colin Farrell exhibits a manic energy which dominates every scene; his thick brogue making even the most innocuous sentence a reason to smirk. Brendan Gleeson’s Ken, on the other hand, is a study in forbearance; a curious blend of wide-eyed wonder and weary stoicism. As the two play off each other along the streets and canals of Belgium’s capital they manage to piss off everyone they encounter from Belgians, Americans and Canadians to fat people, hookers and coke-snorting dwarves. McDonagh’s fiendishly clever script constantly challenges our expectations while the superb cinematography incorporates Brussels’ brooding medieval buildings and alleyways to create a sombre fairytale aesthetic further enhanced by a wistful musical score. The film’s relentlessly mounting suspense finally comes to a head on Christmas Eve when Harry travels to Bruges in order to confront the two errant hit men. What follows is a masterful fusion of form and substance ending in a gorgeously contrived coda lifted right from Hieronymus Bosch’s Last Judgement. Hysterical, brutal, and unexpectedly moving...a pure delight.

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Sep 04, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Sep 04, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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Nov 03, 2012

Ray: "Why didn't you wave hello to me today when I waved hello to you today?" Jimmy: "I was on a very strong horse tranquilizer today... Wasn't waving hello to anybody. Except... maybe to a horse." Ray: "Huh? What are you talking about?" Jimmy: "Just horsesh*t." Ray: "You from America?" Jimmy: "Yeah. Don't hold it against me." Ray: "Well, that's for me to decide, isn't it? You from America too?" Denise: "No, I'm from Amsterdam." Ray: "Amsterdam! Amsterdam's just a lot of bloody prostitutes, isn't it?" Denise: "Yes, that's why I came to Bruges. I thought I'd get a better price for my p*ssy here." Ray: "Hey? ...You two are weird. Would you like some cocaine?"

Sep 04, 2011

Ken: Your girlfriend's very pretty.
Jimmy: She's ain't my girlfriend. She's a prostitute I just picked up.
Ken: I was not aware that there were any prostitutes in Bruges.
Jimmy: You just have to look in the right places... brothels are good.
Ken: Well, you've picked up a very pretty prostitute.
Jimmy: Thank you.

Sep 04, 2011

Ken: Coming up?
Ray: What's up there?
Ken: The view.
Ray: The view of what? The view of down here? I can see that down here.
Ken: Ray, you are about the worst tourist in the whole world.
Ray: Ken, I grew up in Dublin. I love Dublin. If I grew up on a farm, and was retarded, Bruges might impress me but I didn't, so it doesn't.

Sep 04, 2011

[first lines]
Ray: After I killed him, I dropped the gun in the Thames, washed the residue off me hands in the bathroom of a Burger King, and walked home to await instructions. Shortly thereafter the instructions came through - "Get the f**k out of London, you dumb f**ks. Get to Bruges." I didn't even know where Bruges f**king was.
Ray: It's in Belgium.

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Jun 01, 2012

After killing an innocent boy in London, hit men Ray (Colin Farrell, in a Golden Globe–winning role) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) are ordered to lay low at a bed and breakfast in Bruges, Belgium, until their boss (Ralph Fiennes) phones with further instructions. But when he calls, Ken doesn't like the assignment. Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, this dark comedy earned a BAFTA for Best Original Screenpla

Sep 04, 2011

Holed up in Bruges, Belgium after a difficult job, two hit men begin to differ on their views of life and death as they become used to local customs.

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