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Beowulf (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  16 November 2007 (USA)
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The warrior Beowulf must fight and defeat the monster Grendel who is terrorizing Denmark, and later, Grendel's mother, who begins killing out of revenge.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wealthow (as Robin Wright-Penn)
Paul Baker ...
Musician #1
John Bilezikjian ...
Musician #2
Rod D. Harbour ...
Musician #3
Brice Martin ...
Musician #4 (as Brice H. Martin)
Sonje Fortag ...
Gitte (as Sonja Fortag)
Cille (as Julene Rennee)
Garmund (as Greg Ellis)
Wulfgar (as Sebastian Roche)


Set against the coming of Christianity, this is the story of the last hero: in 507, a monstrous troll wreaks havoc in the mead hall of the Danish king, Hrothgar. He offers rewards for the death of Grendel, so Beowulf, a great and boastful Geat warrior, arrives with his thanes. Beowulf sets aside his armor and awaits the monster; a fierce battle ensues that leads to Beowolf's entering the watery lair of Grendel's mother, where a devil's bargain awaits. Beowulf returns to Herot, the castle, and becomes king. Jump ahead many years, and the sins of the father are visited upon Beowulf and his kingdom. The hero must face his weakness and be heroic once again. Is the age of demons over? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sexual material and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beowulf: An IMAX 3D Experience  »

Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,199,848 (UK) (16 November 2007)


$82,161,969 (USA) (25 January 2008)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Most of the time when Grendel is talking in the movie, he is speaking Old English, the language in which the original poem was written, which in sound resembles modern Swedish. Interestingly, he never speaks in the original poem. He only sings a song of sorrow (which most people take to be a wail) when Beowulf rips off his arm. See more »


In the end when Wiglaf is going into the water, the waves break in a pattern that is only present in very shallow water (1-10 cm), but he is in to his waist. See more »


[first lines]
King Hrothgar: I want mead! Give me some mead, my queen!
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 17 November 2007 (2007) See more »


A Hero Comes Home
Written and Produced by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri
Performed by Robin Wright (as Robin Wright Penn)
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User Reviews

This is a cinema experience for sure!
12 November 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Just this minute got back from seeing a free preview of Beowulf and OH MY GOD! This is a cracking film and I highly recommend everyone goes to the cinema to see it (it's a cinema experience for sure!). Not only that, but it's 3D (which I wasn't aware of) or rather the all new 3D (no more red/green glasses). Everyone in the audience was given what looked like cheap-ass shades, but they did the job wonderfully and fitted snugly over my regular specs.

As for the movie, the plot was tight and well scripted, the voice acting was great (Ray Winstone rocks), the action was breathtaking, some of the CGI was unbelievably gorgeous and the music and incidental sound was great! The only downside for me was some of the CGI. It seemed apparent that given an unlimited budget, this movie would have looked phenomenal in every scene, but unfortunately the budget wasn't unlimited and it shows in a number of places. Nothing looks horrible, but you can tell that they had to pick and choose where to go for high detail. The movie also suffers from the age old, it's creepy because it's almost perfect.

As for the 3D, apart from an awesome intro, nothing seems to be done just to exploit 3D, it's all very natural and adds an amazing level of detail to the movie. The depth of vision you get is truly breathtaking in parts.

Quite honestly I wasn't expecting much from this movie having seen the trailer, but I was blown away. I've not been this excited leaving the cinema in a long long time!

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