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In Bruges
(DVD)

DIRECTED BY - Martin McDonagh


Playwright Martin McDonagh makes an impressive feature film debut as the writer and director of this tragicomedy as rich, dark, and complex as Belgian chocolate. The story unfolds over the course of a few days, as Irish hitmen Ken (the appealingly bear-like Brendon Gleeson) and Ray (Colin Farrell, in a loose and sympathetic performance) are ordered to lay low in the tourist-laden town of Bruges, Belgium, after a bungled shooting back home. Their only directive is to stay grounded and wait for further orders from crime boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes, gleefully playing evil), but both underlings--nervous and delightfully talky--chafe with the waiting. The childlike Ray is inconsolably antsy and withdrawn, and after a time we learn that his restlessness is borne of something deeper and more disturbing than mere ADD. The more paternal and patient of the duo, Ken, takes the opportunity to enjoy Bruges's lush, buttressed beauty, but he, too, undergoes some soul-searching by movie's end.

 

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Film Info

RUNTIME - 107 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 2008

FORMAT - DVD Region 1

LANGUAGE - English, French

SUBTITLES - English, Spanish, French

ATTRIBUTES - Widescreen, Anamorphic, Full-Frame

SPECIAL FEATURES (DVD Only) -

DVD Features:

Region 1

Snap Case

Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35

Full Frame - 1.33

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Director

Martin McDonagh

Producer

Graham Broadbent

Producer

Peter Czernin

Screenwriter

Martin McDonagh

Star(s)

Colin Farrell

Star(s)

Jrmie Rnier

Star(s)

Brendan Gleeson

Star(s)

Ralph Fiennes

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Press

"Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson enjoy themselves mightily....The roles are big, broad, violent, and strategically funny..."

- Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

"[U]nmistakably sincere....[W]ith Mr. Gleeson's solid, stolid physicality and performance giving ballast to Mr. Farrell's lilting, fluttery turn."

- Manohla Dargis, New York Times

 

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