Release date:June 16, 2006
(Seattle; NY release: July 7)
Studio:Union Station Media
MPAA Rating:R (for violence, language and some sexuality)
Screenwriter:Andrew Rai Berzins
Starring:Gerard Butler, Stellan Skarsgård, Sarah Polley, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Benedikt Clausen, Tony Curran, Martin Delaney, Gunnar Eyjólfsson, Rory McCann, Ronan Vibert
"Beowulf & Grendel" is a medieval adventure, part legendary fable, part horror-story. Based on the seminal 9th century Anglo-Saxon poem, "Beowulf," it tells the blood-soaked tale of a Norse warrior's battle against a great and murderous troll, Grendel, who has laid seige to the kingdom of Hrothgar, the much respected king of the Danes. The story – filmed in Iceland - plays out in a brutish Northern Europe where the reign of the many-gods is giving way to one - the southern invader, Christ. Beowulf is a man caught between sides in this great shift, his simple code transforming and falling apart before his eyes. "Beowulf & Grendel" strips away the mask of the hero-myth, leaving a raw and tangled tale.