In Bruges

Synopsis: London based hit men Ray and Ken are told by their boss Harry Waters to lie low in Bruges, Belgium for up to two weeks following their latest hit, which resulted in the death of an innocent bystander. Harry will be in touch with further instructions. While they wait for Harry's call, Ken, following Harry's advice, takes in the sights of the medieval city with great appreciation. But the charms of Bruges are lost on the simpler Ray, who is already despondent over the innocent death, especially as it was his first job. Things change for Ray when he meets Chloe, part of a film crew shooting a movie starring an American dwarf named Jimmy. When Harry's instructions arrive, Ken, for whom the job is directed, isn't sure if he can carry out the new job, especially as he has gained a new appreciation of life from his stay in the fairytale Bruges. While Ken waits for the inevitable arrival into Bruges of an angry Harry, who feels he must clean up matters on his own, Ray is dealing with his own p
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Martin McDonagh
Production: Focus Features
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 24 wins & 53 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

After I killed them,

I dropped the gun in the Thames,

washed the residue off me hands

in the bathroom of a Burger King,

and walked home

to await instructions.

Shortly thereafter,

the instructions came through.

'Get the f*** out of London,

youse dumb fucks.

'Get to Bruges:

I didn't even know

where Bruges f***ing was.

It's in Belgium.

Bruges is a shithole.

Bruges is

not a shithole.

Bruges is a shithole.

Ray, we've only just

got off the f***ing train.

Could we reserve judgment on Bruges

until we've seen the f***ing place?

I know it's gonna be

a shithole.


(SOFTLY) Shithole.


I think you have a couple of rooms

booked under Cranham and Blakely?

Yes. No, we have one room booked.

One twin room.

Booked for two weeks.

Two weeks!

Do you have another room?

No, I'm afraid we're fully booked.

With Christmas,

everywhere is fully booked.



It's very pretty.

I'm not being funny,

we can't stay here.

We've got to stay here

until he rings.

Well, what if he doesn't

ring for two weeks?

Then we stay here for two weeks.

For two weeks? In f***ing Bruges?

In a room like this?

With you? No way!

Ray, I really don't like to say this.

You really don't like to say what?

Well. You know?

F***ing bring that up.

Do you think this is good?

Do I think what's good?

You know, going round in a boat,

looking at stuff.

Yes, I do.

It's called 'sightseeing.'

Oh, look at that.

It's a former hospital.

From the 1100s.

Bruges is the most

well-preserved medieval town

in the whole of

Belgium, apparently.

Coming up?

What's up there?

The view.

The view of what?

The view of down here?

I can see that from down here.

Ray, you're about

the worst tourist in the whole world.

Ken, I grew up in Dublin.

I love Dublin.

If I'd grown up on a farm and was

retarded, Bruges might impress me.

But I didn't, so it doesn't.


Trying to get rid of me coins.

Will you take 4.90?

Entry is 5 euro.

Come on, man,

it's only 10 cents.

Entry is 5 euro.


Happy in your work?

Very happy.


I like it here.


Been to the top of the tower?

Yeah. Yeah, it's rubbish.

It is? The guidebook says

it's a 'must-see'.

Well, you lot ain't going up there.

Pardon me? Why?

I mean, it's all windy stairs.

I'm not being funny.

What exactly are you

trying to say?

What exactly

am I trying to say?

Youse are a bunch

of f***ing elephants!

Right, you.

Come on, leave it, fatty.


You know, you're just

the rudest man. The rudest man!

What's all that about?

They're not going up there.

Hey, guys, I wouldn't go up there.

It's really narrow.

Screw you, motherf***er!

Americans, isn't it?

Now, this is more like it.

Proper holidays.

One gay beer

for my gay friend,

and one normal beer for me,

because I am normal.


This is the life.

We're not staying here getting pissed.

We are quietly sightseeing,

like he says,

and awaiting his call

to see what we do next.

This is my vote

on what we should do.

We give it another day,

two days, max.

Then we check the papers again,

and if there's still nothing in them,

we phone him and say, 'Harry,

thank you for the trip to Bruges,

'it's been very nice, all the

old buildings and that,

'but we're coming back to London now,

and hide out in a proper country,

'where it isn't all just

f***ing chocolates.'

My vote would be

we quietly sightsee, like he says,

and await his call

to see what we do next.

You don't even know

we're here hiding out.

What are you talking about?

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Martin McDonagh

Martin Faranan McDonagh (; born 26 March 1970) is a British-Irish playwright, screenwriter, and director. Born and brought up in London, the son of Irish parents, he holds dual British and Irish citizenship. He is among the most acclaimed living Irish playwrights. A winner of the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film, McDonagh has been nominated for three other Academy Awards, and in 2018 won three BAFTA Awards from four nominations and two Golden Globe Awards from three nominations for his film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. more…

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