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Beowulf (1999)

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In a besieged land, Beowulf must battle against the hideous creature Grendel and his vengeance seeking mother.

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Graham Baker

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Anonymous (epic poem "Beowulf"), Mark Leahy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lambert ... Beowulf
Rhona Mitra ... Kyra
Oliver Cotton ... Hrothgar
Götz Otto ... Roland
Charles Robinson ... Weaponsmaster (as Charlie Robinson)
Brent Jefferson Lowe Brent Jefferson Lowe ... Will (as Brent J. Lowe)
Roger Sloman ... Karl
Layla Roberts Layla Roberts ... Grendel's Mother
Robert Willox Robert Willox ... Chief Officer
Patricia Velasquez ... Pendra
Marcel Cobzariu Marcel Cobzariu ... Lookout (as Marcelo Cobzariu)
Vlad Jipa Vlad Jipa ... Sentry
Diana Dumbrava ... Hrothgar's Wife
Andrei Rusu Andrei Rusu ... 1st Soldier
Vitalie Bantas Vitalie Bantas ... 1st Guard
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Storyline

This post-apocalyptic future story is based on the 8th century Saxon epic poem about the knight who battled a monster in a medieval castle. In this story, Beowulf is a wanderer who learns about a man-eating creature called Grendel which comes in the night to devour warriors trapped at the Outpost. The Outpost is ruled by Hrothgar. He has a daughter, whose husband may have been murdered by the Outpost's master of arms. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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A Fortress At The Edge Of Darkness. An Enemy Within That Only One Man Can Conquer! See more »


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Rated R for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1999 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Beovulf See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After production was completed, Patricia Velasquez (Pendra) starred in another horror movie, The Mummy (1999). See more »

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(at around 8 mins) The blood on Beowulf's sword at the end of his first fight. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Will: Hey, why I always gotta get the broken ones?
Weaponsmaster: Try the trigger.
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Version of The Male Swagger (1999) See more »

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Giving the Horns
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Written by Anthrax
Published by NFP Music (administered by Zomba Enterprises Inc.)
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Anthrax appears courtesy of Ignition Records
p1998 Ignition Records
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Past and Future Mingle in Dark Fantasy
18 July 2001 | by cariartSee all my reviews

A retelling of the medieval epic poem, 'Beowulf' feels more like a film franchise opening (such as 'Mortal Kombat') than a 'solo' film fantasy. Lambert (sporting a somewhat ambiguous white-haired crew-cut), is the product of a union between a Dark God (possible alien?) and a human mother. Traveling a barbaric future Earth to fight an evil force he himself may be kin to, the half-human journeys to a besieged fortress where the residents are being decimated by a 'Predator' rip-off called Grendel. Through a series of fast-cut and bloody exchanges, the major characters are weeded out, after revealing their own secrets, until the greatest secret of all is revealed by an evil alien sexpot (the eminently watchable Layla Roberts).

The film features the kind of acrobatic martial arts choreographed to a rock music soundtrack that popularized 'Mortal Kombat' (although it was hard to accept the middle-aged Lambert backflipping his way through battles!), a quick glimpse at a pre-Mummy Patricia Velazquez, the voluptuous Rhona Mitra as Beowulf's eventual lover, Kyra, and a bit of comic relief by Brent Jefferson Lowe, as the Weaponmaster's son.

While the story never generates a lot of electricity, Lambert is an old hand at this genre, and his confidence, occasional quip, and distinctive laugh have carried him through films far inferior to this!

While I can't say I'd buy a copy of 'Beowulf', it is diverting, and would make a good rental for a rainy day. Check it out...and keep an eye out for 'Beowulf II'!


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