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The Brothers Bloom (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 19 June 2009 (USA)
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The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they've decided to take on one last job - showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world.

Director:

Rian Johnson

Writer:

Rian Johnson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Weisz ... Penelope
Adrien Brody ... Bloom
Mark Ruffalo ... Stephen
Rinko Kikuchi ... Bang Bang
Robbie Coltrane ... Curator
Maximilian Schell ... Diamond Dog
Ricky Jay ... Narrator (voice)
Zachary Gordon ... Young Bloom
Max Records ... Young Stephen
Andy Nyman ... Charleston
Noah Segan ... The Duke
Nora Zehetner ... Rose
Ram Bergman ... Himself
Craig Johnson Craig Johnson ... Apple Cart Vendor
Dubravko Jovanovic Dubravko Jovanovic ... Albino
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Storyline

Brothers - older Stephen and three years junior Bloom - have been con artists since they were kids. Stephen is the mastermind, for who the intricacy of the story used in the con is as important as the positive outcome of the swindle. Bloom is the main character of Stephen's stories, the character he considers the anti-hero. As adults, they travel the world and never enlist the same people twice in their cons, except for their consistent sidekick, the mysterious and primarily silent Bang Bang, a Japanese woman who just appeared in their lives one day and who has a penchant for blowing things up. As Bloom hits his mid-thirties, he wants to quit the business as he is losing his own identity to that of the characters he portrays; he doesn't know anymore what is real and what is make-believe. Stephen talks him into one last con, the mark to be the eccentric, lonely but beautiful New Jersey heiress, Penelope Stamp. Penelope's primary past-time in life is to, as she calls it, "borrow hobbies... Written by Huggo

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They'd never let the truth come between them See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, some sensuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Czech | Japanese

Release Date:

19 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Penelope See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$90,400, 17 May 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,519,627, 2 August 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,518,635
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Cruise is credited with special thanks in regards to the film, due to his initial interest in the film, that led to a lengthy three hour meeting with Rian Johnson. Cruise's analysis of the script led to a few significant changes of the key elements of the script. As this meeting occurred precisely the same day Cruise's company was taken off by Paramount, Rian felt this was a more than generous act on Cruise's behalf. However, due to scheduling conflicts, as well as other factors, Cruise could never be a serious consideration for one of the lead roles. See more »

Goofs

When Stephen rings the doorbell outside Max's apartment in Prague, Max blasts his front door with a shotgun; the circle of wood in the door that will be blasted out is visible before the gunshot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: As far as con man stories go, I think I've heard them all. Of grifters, ropers, faro-fixers; tails drawn long and tall. But if one bears a bookmark in the confidence man's tome, it would be that of Penelope, and of the brothers Bloom.
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Soundtracks

Cadillac
from 8½ (1963)
Written by Nino Rota
Performed by Nino Rota
Courtesy of Cam Srl
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A Breath Of Fresh Air
27 September 2009 | by ddeepinder-ssinghSee all my reviews

I have to say , this movie was certainly a breath of fresh air compared to the rest of the crap that has been coming out of the big production houses.

If your looking for a different movie all together , with a good story line , great acting and lovely music score ( composed by Nathan Johnson , its perfectly matches the essence being portrayed in the movie) , this is it.

Adrien Brody , Mark Ruffalo and Rachel Weiz are just amazing through out the movie . The chemistry between Brody and Ruffalo is certainly a high light of the movie , they don't look like brothers but throughout the movie you hardly notice. Rachel Weiz is as always amazing. Love her character.

Of course i cannot go away without mentioning Rinko Kikuchi as Bang Bang ,hardly any dialogues in the movie apart from a few one liners ,including "FUCK ME " ( you cannot miss it :P ) she definitely steals the show as the quirky mysterious sidekick .

I am writing this right after watching the movie so my rating as of now is definitely 9, a must watch if your tired of the usual movies hitting the screens.

Recommended.


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