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Beowulf

Released

Nov 15, 2007

Latest Home Video

Feb 25, 2008

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Cast

Ray Winstone
Angelina Jolie
Anthony Hopkins
Crispin Glover.

Studio

Paramount Pictures

Still shot from the movie: Beowulf.

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Synopsis

English literature comes to digitally-enhanced life in this cinematic retelling of the classic legend. Beowulf (voice of Ray Winstone) defeats the demon Grendel (Crispin Glover) only to be forced to face the monster's mother (Angelina Jolie) who uses her seductive body as a weapon. (And viewers will have to ignore everything they know about genetics to believe this mother/son relationship.)

Content Details

Why Is Beowulf Rated PG-13?

Beowulf is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence including disturbing images, some sexual material and nudity

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Here is additional information on sex, violence and profanity in Beowulf...

Don’t come to this film expecting an academic dissertation on what many believe to be the oldest record of the English language. Instead, this is a Hollywood glitz script produced in video-game-like motion capture animation and spiced up with massive amounts of gory violence and near-explicit nudity. Many scenes show people and monsters literally being ripped in half, limbs and heads torn off and even eaten by a crazed, decomposing human-like monster. Blood pours freely (and spurts in 3D in the giant-screen version), making what is possibly the most violent US-rated PG-13 film ever. Many scenes feature a man and/or a woman completely naked except for convenient obscuring devices to cover explicit body parts. Fornication is celebrated and endorsed by the ruling king. People drink alcohol to drunken excess, and sexual remarks are made (including terms that are far too contemporary for 6th Century Denmark). Only language is spared, with four mild profanities.

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Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
14A Violence.
AB 14A Violence.
MB PG Not Recommeded for Young Children, Frightening Scenes, Violence.
ON 14A Violence. Gory Scenes.
QC 13+ Violence.
NB
NS
NL
PE
14A

Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A

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Details on home video releases of Beowulf...

DVD Release Date: 26 February 2008

Beowulf cuts his way onto DVD, leaving only a making-of featurette in his wake (titled A Hero’s Journey). Audio tracks are available in 5.1 Surround Dolby Digital (English, French and Spanish), with subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

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