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The Brothers Bloom

"They'd never let the truth come between them."

The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they've decided to take on one last job - showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world.

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Released: Sep 9th, 2008
Budget: $20,000,000.00
Revenue: $90,400.00

The Brothers Bloom Main Cast

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Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz
plays Penelope
Adrien Brody
Adrien Brody
plays Bloom
Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo
plays Stephen
Rinko Kikuchi
Rinko Kikuchi
plays Bang Bang
Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane
plays Curator
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Penelope's quote "A picture is a secret about a secret. The more it tells, the less you know" is actually a quote by acclaimed American photographer Diane Arbus (1923-1971). The biographical film Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006), featured Nicole Kidman as Diane Arbus; one of the 20th century's most revered photographers. Incidentally, "arbus" is Russian for "water melon", which might explain why one gets turned into a camera obscura by the Penelope character.
  • Ricky Jay, the narrator, is an actor who has appeared in films for such filmmakers as Paul Thomas Anderson and David Mamet, but he is perhaps better known as an expert on the histories of magic, "spirit" photography, and con artistry, and as such is a logical choice to narrate a film about con artists. Rian Johnson had originally asked Jay to play The Curator, but Jay's schedule didn't allow for that, so Johnson hired Robbie Coltrane for that role instead.
  • The three main characters are based on characters from James Joyce's Ulysses (which in turn is based on Homer's Odyssey). Stephen is based on Stephen Daedalus, a restless young writer in two of Joyce's novels; in The Brothers Bloom, Stephen plans their cons with a writer's flair. Bloom is based on Leopold Bloom, who is wandering around Dublin, trying to find himself and his way back to his wife. In The Brothers Bloom, Bloom is figuratively looking for himself, and ultimately finds his way to Penelope. In The Odyssey, Penelope is Odysseus' wife who waits for him through all of his travels; likewise, here, Penelope awaits Bloom through his wanderings.
  • Early in the film a character says "The man named Charleston you met nine months and a thousand years ago at the hotel bar in Jodhpur is dead." to which Stephen later says "That's Kipling, isn't it? He stole that from Kipling." This is in reference to Rudyard Kipling's "The Man who Would Be King". In the film adaptation, there is a line spoken by Michael Caine, saying he is "The same and not the same - who sat beside you in the first class carriage on the train to Marwar Junction; three summers and a thousand years ago...", but the line does not appear in the original short story.
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