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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

WONDERFUL Romance, Thrills, Adventure and YOU share every moment! WONDERFUL Music! Songs! Dances! and YOU are part of them! See more »


Certificate:

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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

One of only two movies (the other being "How the West Was Won") filmed in the true three-screen Cinerama process. (Other Cinerama films, such as "This Is Cinerama" and "Cinerama Holiday," were more documentary-style in nature; "Brothers Grimm" and "West" told fictional stories.) Other movies such as "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" were touted as Cinerama, but were actually filmed in a one-camera widescreen process, such as Ultra Panavision 70, and projected on a curved Cinerama screen. 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

Children: [chanting over and over] We want a story! We want a story! We want a story! We want a story!
Jacob Grimm: [to Wilhelm] 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

Referenced in Password: Episode dated 31 July 1962 (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Ah-Oom
Words and Music by Bob Merrill
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Feast for the eyes
5 July 2002 | by JuguAbrahamSee all my reviews

You have to be young at heart to relish the film and I enjoyed the visuals as a child would. You know today that the two brothers wrote on two desks side by side to accommodate the cinerama screen--yet it looks so much better visually. It is not great cinema but good cinema of the sixties.

Of particular note was the Terry Thomas and Bud Hackett sub-plot which might not appear to be great technically but is funny and heartwarming even today. Laurence Harvey as Wilhelm Grimm (it was difficult to note that was the Cobbler as well) and Martita Hunt as the witch were superb. The German locations were ideal. The art direction and the puppet/animation sequences were really topnotch--who cares if there was a car visible in one shot!

In short, this is an ideal film for family viewing and the studios should consider re-releasing it for school viewing. All the kids today know of Snow White and Cinderella, but how many know of the Grimm brothers or of why Cinderella was called by that name? The film needs imaginative marketing to keep the box office jingling...


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