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Brothers
     

Brothers

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Director: Jim Sheridan, Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman

Cast: Jim Sheridan, Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman

 

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Jim Sheridan's film, adapted from Susanne Bier's 2004 movie, concerns Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire), a Marine who receives orders to ship out for yet another tour of duty in Afghanistan. But before he leaves his supportive wife, Grace (Natalie

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Jim Sheridan's film, adapted from Susanne Bier's 2004 movie, concerns Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire), a Marine who receives orders to ship out for yet another tour of duty in Afghanistan. But before he leaves his supportive wife, Grace (Natalie Portman), and his two elementary-school-age daughters, Sam picks up his black sheep brother, Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal), who has finished a prison stretch for robbing a bank. While overseas, Sam's aircraft gets shot down and he's thought dead. Back home, irresponsible Tommy gets his act together in order to be an anchor for Grace and the girls, and the two grow emotionally -- though not physically -- close. As the family finally begins to make peace with their grief, soldiers rescue POW Sam and he returns home. Sam's experiences overseas have caused him such emotional turmoil, he has a difficult time adjusting to civilian life, and soon his fear and paranoia manifest themselves in the form of jealousy for his brother's relationship with his wife. Sam Shepard and Mare Winningham co-star as the brothers' father and stepmother.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
If a hundred years of cinematic history have taught us anything about combat, it's that war is hell. Brothers is one of those movies that wants to make sure we understand how returning from that hell can be even more difficult that living in it. Jim Sheridan's film, adapted from Susanne Bier's 2004 movie, tells a melodramatic tale we've seen many times before. Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) has orders to ship out for yet another tour of duty in Afghanistan. But before he leaves his supportive wife, Grace (Natalie Portman), and his two elementary-school-age daughters, Sam picks up his black sheep brother, Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal), who has finished a prison stretch for robbing a bank. While overseas, Sam's aircraft gets shot down and he's thought dead. Back home, irresponsible Tommy gets his act together in order to be an anchor for Grace and the girls, and the two grow emotionally -- though not physically -- close. As the family finally begins to make peace with their grief, soldiers rescue POW Sam and he returns home. Up to this point, Brothers is a serviceable, fairly low-key family drama. David Benioff's script hammers home the subtext -- there are lines of dialogue that practically scream out the movie's themes -- and because of this the characters sometimes feel more like symbols than real people. However, the hard-working cast and the sensitive direction help temper that flaw. The antagonistic dynamic between heavy-drinking Vietnam vet father Hank (Sam Shepard) and Tommy gives the two actors some rich scenes to play out, and they do so with surprising understatement considering the weight of the drama. Gyllenhaal and Portman also score points by playing their slowly evolving relationship without movie-star glamour -- you don't long for them to kiss because they're so damn attractive, but because they've gone through so much together. But it's when Sam returns, changed deeply by his brutal experiences, that Brothers sets itself apart. Maguire looks gaunt and haunted; he really does begin to resemble a ghost -- but a ghost who slowly becomes more and more capable of violent acts. As his guilt, fear, and stress mutate into neurotic jealousy of Tommy's relationship with Grace, the daughters would rather be around Uncle Tommy -- setting up a vicious cycle that builds sickening emotional momentum. When tensions finally explode at a birthday party for the oldest daughter, the realism is electrifying. As Sam's post-traumatic stress disorder eats away at him, Maguire brings to mind Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver -- and that's fitting, as Travis Bickle might be the best example of PTSD ever filmed. Sheridan forces us to watch Sam's raw pain, but -- with one glaring and problematic exception involving the cops -- he doesn't turn it into something operatic or grandiose. This is the kind of movie that sticks with you, where you remember the great stuff and forgive the faults because the focus it brings to its difficult subject is unflinching and honest. If good art asks questions, Brothers is asking the right ones about the toll of war on human beings.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2010
UPC:
0031398119289
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
40,236

Special Features

Feature Audio Commentary by Director Jim Sheridan; ; Remade In The USA: How Brødre Became Brothers; ; Jim Sheridan: Film and Family

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tobey Maguire Capt. Sam Cahill
Jake Gyllenhaal Tommy Cahill
Natalie Portman Grace Cahill
Sam Shepard Hank Cahill
Clifton Collins Major Cavazos
Mare Winningham Elsie Cahill
Bailee Madison Isabelle Cahill
Taylor Geare Maggie Cahill
Patrick Flueger Private Joe WIlls
Carey Mulligan Cassie Willis
Omid Abtahi Yusuf
Navid Negahban Murad
Ethan Suplee Sweeney
Aaron Shiver A.J.
Ray Prewitt Owen
Rebekah Wiggins Marine Wife
Carrie Fleming Marine Wife #2
Jenny Wade Tina
Sheila Ivy Traister Pilot
Chad Brummett Co-Pilot
Jason E. Hill Lt. Sanderson
Kevin Wiggins Navy Chaplain
Yusef Azami Taliban Leader
James Dever Sgt. Major Dever
Kevin Adkins Flag Detail Commander
Johnnie Hector Cop #1
Jeremiah Bitsui Cop #2
William L. Allen Cop #3
Benjamin Baldwin Cop #4
Richard Wade Crew Chief
Luce Rains The Nose
Enayat Delawary Ahmed
Rick Lamonda Elvis
Paul Ramos Sentry
Shawn Bryan Marine Cadence
Oscar Meija Uniform in Helicopter
David Bachelor U.S. Navy Chaplain
Zachary Grand Afghanistan Boy
Michael David Aragon Terrorist
Iris Dunbar Burka Woman
Justin Marmion Marine Hostage
Robert Mitchell Marine Rescuer #1
Collin D. Barry Marine Rescuer #2
Janet Sanford Mourner at Church #1
Casey Sanford Mourner at Church #2
Gary Moore Marine Mourner #1
Eric Steinig Marine Mourner #2
Colleen Frye Woman in Church
James Duffy Man in Church
David Manzanares Bartender "Dave"
Michael Castellano Afghan Fighter
Carol A. Salazar Woman on Bridge
Wendell Sweet Orderly

Technical Credits
Jim Sheridan Director
Gina Amador Musical Direction/Supervision
Guy Barnes Art Director
Matt Battaglia Co-producer
David Benioff Screenwriter
Jo Edna Boldin Casting
Joe Camp Asst. Director
Jay Cassidy Editor
Michael De Luca Producer
Frederick Elmes Cinematographer
Tony Fanning Production Designer
Jon Feltheimer Executive Producer
Scott Fischer Executive Producer
Mark Fischer Co-producer
Andrew Gartner Set Decoration/Design
Ken Halsband Co-producer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Ryan Kavanaugh Producer
Patty Klawonn Set Decoration/Design
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Jeremiah Samuels Co-producer
Zach Schiff-Abrams Executive Producer
Sigurjon Sighvatsson Producer
Tucker Tooley Executive Producer
Durinda Wood Costumes/Costume Designer

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Brothers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
jmetigers More than 1 year ago
This movie was nothing like what I was expecting. The trailer gave you an impression that the movie would go a whole different direction than it went. Indeed this film was emotional, thought provoking, and gave a new outlook on what soldiers go through from home life to life after war. I like the mental health aspects that are briefly touched on in the film, and thought it was telling of how traumatic war can be. Not a upper, so watch when you are ready to really be introspective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great performance from Tobey Maguire! a must see modern drama movie that will keep you breathless until the last moment
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