Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Written by: Neil Gaiman, Roger Avary
Produced by: Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis
Running Time: 115 minutes
Box Office: $196,393,745 (Worldwide)
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?
Ray Winstone (Beowulf / Golden Man / Dragon), Robin Wright (Wealthow), Anthony Hopkins (Hrothgar), Sharisse Baker-Bernard (Hild), Charlotte Salt (Estrith), Julene Renee (Cille), Jonny Rees (Garmund), Rik Young (Eofor), Sebastian Roché (Wulfgar), John Malkovich (Unferth), Crispin Glover (Grendel), Woody Schultz (Aesher), Alison Lohman (Ursula)
- According Ray Winstone, he and his fellow cast spent days filming in blue skintight suit, "showing up all your lumps and bumps in all the wrong places. Which can be hard when you're standing in front of Angelina Jolie, who looks stunning in hers."
- Based on the oldest known written story in a language purporting to be English.
- 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.
- The name "Beowulf" is a kenning of the Anglo-Saxon words for "Bear." A kenning is a phrase that is substituted for the usual name of a person or thing. It is typically comprised of two terms, with the first word added to the second in a way that conveys a meaning neither word has alone. Therefore "Beowulf" comes from "Bee-Wolf," meaning "Bear."
- Screenwriters Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary began writing the script in May 1997.
- Model Rachel Bernstein (uncredited) was the body double for Angelina Jolie in the film's nude scenes.
- Beowulf is considered the oldest known piece ever written in English.
Grendel's Mother: Are you the one they call Beowulf? The Bee-Wolf. The bear. Such a strong man you are with the strength of a king. The king you will one day become.
Grendel's Mother: A man like you could own the greatest tale ever sung. Your story would live on when everything now alive is dust. Beowulf... It has been a long time since a man has come to visit me.
Beowulf: I need no sword to kill you.
Grendel's Mother: Of course you don't my love. You took a song from me. Give me a son, brave thane. Stay with me. Love me... Love me... and I shall weave you riches... beyond imagination. I shall make you the greatest king that ever lived. As long as you hold me in your heart... and this golden horn remains in my keeping... You will forever be King. Forever strong, might... and all-powerful. This I promise. This... I swear...
Grendel's Mother: I see you brought me treasure.
Beowulf: Show yourself! What are you?
Beowulf: Take your damn horn. Leave my land in peace.
Grendel's Mother: Too late oh great one.
Grendel's Mother: I know that underneath your glamor you're as much a monster as my son, Grendel.
Beowulf: My glamor!
Grendel's Mother: One needs glamor to become a king.
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films - Best Animated Film
ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards - Top Box Office Films - Alan Silvestri
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Animated Feature
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards - Best Animated Feature
Golden Schmoes Awards - Best Animated Movie of the Year
Houston Film Critics Society Awards - Best Animated Film
MTV Movie + TV Awards - Best Villain - Angelina Jolie
Online Film Critics Society Awards - Best Animated Feature
Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards - Best Movie - Robert Zemeckis
Satellite Awards - Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media
Satellite Awards - Best Visual Effects