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Genre  Drama, Thriller, War
Featured song  Winter
Language  English
7.1/10 IMDb

Director  Jim Sheridan
Adapted from  Brothers
Screenplay  David Benioff
Country  United States
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Release date  December 4, 2009 (2009-12-04)
Based on  Brodre  by Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen
Writer  David Benioff (screenplay), Susanne Bier (motion picture "Brodre"), Anders Thomas Jensen (motion picture "Brodre")
Cast  Tobey Maguire (Sam Cahill), Jake Gyllenhaal (Tommy Cahill), Natalie Portman (Grace Cahill), Sam Shepard (Hank Cahill), Mare Winningham (Elsie Cahill), Bailee Madison (Isabelle Cahill)
Similar movies  Straight Outta Compton, Ratatouille, Saving Private Ryan, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Agnes and His Brothers, Gone In Sixty Seconds
Tagline  There are two sides to every family.

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Brothers is a 2009 American psychological war drama film and a remake of Susanne Bier's Danish film Brødre (2004), which takes place in Afghanistan and Denmark. The film stars Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Natalie Portman, and is directed by Jim Sheridan. Both films take inspiration from Homer's epic poem, the Odyssey. The film received a mixed to positive response and grossed $43 million. Tobey Maguire received particular praise for his performance and received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his performance.


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Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire) is a U.S. Marine captain, about to embark on his fourth combat deployment. He is a steadfast family man married to his high school sweetheart, Grace (Natalie Portman), and he has two young daughters, Isabelle (Bailee Madison) and Maggie (Taylor Geare). Sam's brother Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal) is being released from jail for an armed robbery, before Sam departs to Afghanistan in October 2007. Sam deploys and after a bit of time, news comes that Sam's Blackhawk helicopter has crashed during an operation in the Helmand Province, killing all of the Marines aboard. In reality, he and a hometown friend, Private Joe Willis (Patrick Flueger), have been taken prisoner in a mountain village by Taliban fighters.

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With Sam gone, Tommy attempts to redeem himself in the eyes of his family by wrangling old friends to help with kitchen repairs for Grace and the girls. Grace slowly sheds her previous resentment towards her brother-in-law. As months pass, Grace and Tommy bond over their mutual mourning, culminating in a passionate fireside kiss. They immediately regret it afterwards and do not take their attraction any further, though Tommy continues to win the favor of his nieces. Meanwhile, Sam and Joe are tortured by their captors, forced to make videotaped dismissals of the military and their mission, though only Joe cracks. The captors eventually deem him useless and force Sam, at gunpoint, to beat Joe to death with a lead pipe.

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Sometime later, Sam is rescued by American forces. Once he returns home, Sam drifts through a cold, paranoid daze, showing signs of severe post-traumatic stress disorder, due to the traumatic events he experienced in Afghanistan. Refusing to explain to his family what happened while he was there, Sam also lies to Joe's widow that he does not know how Joe died. His paranoia also leads him to believe Tommy and Grace had a sexual relationship in his absence. During Maggie's birthday party at her grandparents' home, a resentful and jealous Isabelle claims that Sam's paranoid assumptions are true: That Tommy and Grace slept together. After the family returns home, Sam becomes enraged, destroying the newly remodeled kitchen with a crow bar and pulling a pistol on Tommy, who arrives and tries to calm his brother's violent breakdown.

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The police arrive, and after a violent confrontation in which Sam holds the gun to his head and contemplates suicide, he reluctantly surrenders after a frantic plea from Tommy and Grace. After the police arrest Sam, he is admitted to a mental hospital. Grace visits him and tells him that if he does not tell her what is tormenting him, he will lose her forever. Faced with this decision, Sam finally opens up about the source of his pain, confiding in her that he killed Joe and they embrace. A letter between husband and wife is read aloud, with Sam wondering if he will be able to continue living a normal life.


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  • Tobey Maguire as Capt. Sam Cahill
  • Jake Gyllenhaal as Tommy Cahill
  • Natalie Portman as Grace Cahill
  • Sam Shepard as Hank Cahill
  • Mare Winningham as Elsie Cahill
  • Bailee Madison as Isabelle Cahill
  • Taylor Geare as Maggie Cahill
  • Patrick Flueger as Pvt. Joe Willis
  • Carey Mulligan as Cassie Willis
  • Clifton Collins, Jr. as Maj. Cavazos
  • Jenny Wade as Tina
  • Omid Abtahi as Yusuf
  • Navid Negahban as Murad
  • Enayat Delawary as Ahmed
  • Ethan Suplee as Sweeney
  • Arron Shiver as A.J.
  • Ray Prewitt as Owen
  • Box office

    On its opening weekend, the film opened #3 with $9,527,848 behind New Moon and The Blind Side. Since its box office debut the film has grossed $43,318,349 worldwide.

    Critical response

    The film received mixed to positive reviews from film critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 63% of 150 critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 6.2 out of 10. The site's consensus is that "It plays more like a traditional melodrama than the Susanne Bier film that inspired it, but Jim Sheridan's Brothers benefits from rock-solid performances by its three leads." On Metacritic the film has a rating of 58 out of 100 based on 31 reviews. Maguire in particular received critical acclaim for his dramatic performance. Roger Ebert said that Brothers is "Tobey Maguire's film to dominate, and I've never seen these dark depths in him before." Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun Times named Brothers as the best film of 2009.


    Of the Golden Globe Award nomination, Tobey Maguire said "I had no expectation about getting a nomination, but I was watching nonetheless. My wife and my son got really excited. I was sort of surprised — I was like, 'Oh, wow.' And I couldn't hear the latter part of my name." The Edge of U2 described how the band planned to celebrate the nomination. "I think we might have a pint of Guinness and eat a potato in honor of (director) Jim (Sheridan) and his great piece of work."

    Home media

    Brothers was released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 23, 2010.

    Opera adaption

    A opera based on the story of the film by Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason was premiered in Aarhus on August 16th 2017. It was commissioned by Den Jyske Opera. Kerstin Perski wrote the libretto and the ditector was Kasper Holten. To celebrate Aarhus as the European capital of culture 2017 3 stage works; a musical, dance and an opera all based on films by Bier were commissioned and performed in Musikhuset.

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