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The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)

The story of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, and three of their stories...

Directors:

Henry Levin, George Pal

Writers:

David P. Harmon (screenplay), Charles Beaumont (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Harvey ... Wilhelm Grimm / The Cobbler ('The Cobbler and the Elves')
Karlheinz Böhm ... Jacob Grimm (as Karl Boehm)
Claire Bloom ... Dorothea Grimm
Walter Slezak ... Stossel
Barbara Eden ... Greta Heinrich
Oskar Homolka ... The Duke (as Oscar Homolka)
Arnold Stang ... Rumpelstiltskin
Martita Hunt ... Anna Richter (Story Teller)
Betty Garde ... Miss Bettenhausen
Bryan Russell ... Freidrich Grimm
Ian Wolfe ... Gruber
Tammy Marihugh ... Pauline Grimm
Cheerio Meredith Cheerio Meredith ... Mrs. Von Dittersdorf
Walter Rilla ... Priest
Yvette Mimieux ... The Princess ('The Dancing Princess')
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Storyline

The fictionalized lives of the story-telling Grimm brothers are brought to life in this all-star fantasy film. In the early nineteenth century, the brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm are commissioned to write a family history for a local Duke. Reenactments of three of their stories including "The Dancing Princess", "The Cobbler and the Elves" and "The Singing Bone". Written by alfiehitchie

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The First Dramatic Film in Fabulous CINERAMA See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1963 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El maravilloso mundo de los hermanos Grimm See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,250,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Cinerama 7-Track | Mono (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.59 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Rumors that 'Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm' could never be "restored" because the original 3-panel Cinerama camera negatives were heavily water damaged are untrue. Sources close to Warner Brothers and Cinerama Inc, report there is actually very minimal water damage to one edge of one panel in only some reels, and the Technicolor color separation prints are intact for the entire film. Therefore if any of the water damage actually would show on screen or video, that footage could be replaced with new negative made from the Technicolor separations. 3 color separation reels for each of the 3 Cinerama panels means the replacement process would be costly, but not impossible. See more »

Goofs

The Dancing Princess is set during a rather fancifully depicted Middle Ages. However, the royal palace in which she lives is the Castle Neuschwanstein, which was not built until 1869-1892. Contemporary visitors are surprised to learn that the castle is not ancient, having had running water and primitive electric lights and telephones. However, the actual youthfulness of the castle is not visually apparent. because it was designed to look like a medieval fairy tale castle. See more »

Quotes

Jacob Grimm: It's an outrage. In my speech, I'm going to tell them...
Wilhelm Grimm: [cutting him off] Jacob. Just tell them...
[pause]
Wilhelm Grimm: Just tell them I'm your brother.
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Crazy Credits

At the end, the credits simply say: "And they lived happily ever after". There is no "The End" credit or "Cast of Characters". See more »

Alternate Versions

When shown in regular theatres rather than ones equipped for Cinerama, the film was shown as a regular anamorphic widescreen film. However, it had not been shot that way, so the "lines" at which the three strips of film used in Cinerama were joined were visible onscreen. Films such as the 1955 "Oklahoma!", which was first shown in Todd-AO, were actually filmed in two versions, one for a Todd-AO screen and one for a Cinemascope screen. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Dancing Princess
Words and Music by Bob Merrill
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Long overdue for DVD release
1 September 2005 | by BijouBob8mmSee all my reviews

While it's been encouraging to see a number of George Pal's sci-fi and fantasy classics finally come to DVD, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM is one of many still waiting to debut in the digital format (along with HOUDINI, ATLANTIS: THE LOST CONTINENT, a complete PUPPETOONS collection, etc..) With Terry Gilliam's new THE BROTHERS GRIMM film in theaters, it would seem like the timing would be perfect for such a release.

Although available on VHS for some time, the tape doesn't do the film justice. GRIMM was shot using the three camera/three projector Cinarama process. With cast and crew members such as Russ Tamblyn (who provided commentary for Pal's TOM THUMB DVD) and stop-motion animator Jim Danforth still around, it would be nice to see Pal's fairy tale film get the deluxe DVD treatment, with the insight of surviving participants giving us a behind the scenes look at the making of the movie.


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