After a shooting in London goes hideously wrong, two hitmen, Ray and Ken, are sent to hide out in the strange, Gothic, medieval town of Bruges, Belgium, by their volatile and dangerous boss, Harry Waters. While awaiting instructions from him as to what to do next, the pair attempt to deal both with their feelings over the botched killing and their differing attitudes towarAfter a shooting in London goes hideously wrong, two hitmen, Ray and Ken, are sent to hide out in the strange, Gothic, medieval town of Bruges, Belgium, by their volatile and dangerous boss, Harry Waters. While awaiting instructions from him as to what to do next, the pair attempt to deal both with their feelings over the botched killing and their differing attitudes towards this curious, otherworldly place they've been dumped in (‘Bruges is a shithole.' ‘Bruges is not a shithole'), until the call from Harry finally comes through, and all three men are enmeshed in a spiral of bloody violence that few will get out of alive.
This jet-black comedy marks the feature-film debut of writer/director Martin McDonagh, award-winning author of such plays as The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Pillowman, and the film Six Shooter, which won the Academy Award for the Best Live-Action Short Film....more
Two prerequisites before reading the screenplay: 1) you have, of course, had to see the movie first, 2) you have to like dark and vulgar humor. OK, now you can spend a pleasant evening with what turns out to be a thought provoking tale of honor, vengeance, despair, and, yes, morality.
Pros: Effortless, punchy dialogue, good sense of character, ridiculous and morbid humor, Cons: Probably more satisfying movie than play, Some tired, uncool gags (e.g: Ray mocking and punching heavy Americans because of their weight, insulting a guy by repeatedly and colorfully calling him gay, going on about 'midgets', ugh)
Fantastic screenplay, Excellent movie ! but removed scenes are awesome! i don't know why they cut out those scenes from movie! it sounds more like his Plays with those scenes there is a scene that Ken is lying in the bed,reading a book, "The Death Of Capone" by K.K.Katurian . Katurian is a main character of his play "The Pillowman"
Just saw McDonagh's play "The Lieutenant of Inishmore" which is an outrageous dark comedy. Also rented his short film "Six Shooter". I think I found my favorite modern writer. The screenplay for "In Bruges" is brilliant too.
The experience of finishing this screenplay and suddenly not knowing what day it is and honestly oblivious to how the evening light shifted from the magic hour of dusk to pitch black. I was engrossed in this beauty!
While still in his twenties, the Anglo-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh filled houses in New York and London, was showered with the theatre world's most prestigious accolades, and electrified audiences with his cunningly crafted and outrageous tragicomedies.