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Four Brothers (2005)

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Four brothers look to avenge their mother's death.


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Four adopted brothers come to avenge their mother's death in what appears to be a random killing in a grocery store robbery. However, the boys' investigation of the death reveals more nefarious activities involving the one brother's business dealings with a notorious local hoodlum. Two cops who are trying to solve the case may also not be what they seem. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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The Mercers want mercy. See more »

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Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 August 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Mark Wahlberg Project  »

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Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,176,925 (USA) (12 August 2005)


$74,484,168 (USA) (18 November 2005)

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The Mercer brothers' age in order from oldest to youngest is also the same order of the actors who portray them in real life: the oldest is Mark Wahlberg (6/5/71) as Bobby Mercer, then Andre Benjamin (5/27/75) as Jeremiah Mercer, followed by Tyrese Gibson (12/30/78) as Angel Mercer, and finally Garrett Hedlund (9/3/84) as Jack Mercer. See more »


When Jeremiah is accused of having something to do with Evelyn's death, he pushes Bobby and punches Angel. Angel falls back from the punch and knocks some items off of a bookcase. In the next shot, some of the items are back in their original places. See more »


[first lines]
Evelyn Mercer: Ok, Darnell, so the candy just happened to jump into your pocket, huh? Well I don't think so. Samir's going to call the police right now. Samir, the police!
Darnell: Please don't call the police, man, please!
Evelyn Mercer: That's what happens when you shoplift. There's consequences.
Darnell: But it's just some damn candy! I don't wanna go to jail!
Evelyn Mercer: Well you can probably get away with stealing sometimes, Darnell, but sooner or later you're gonna get caught. Is that the way you want to lead your life?
Darnell: No.
Evelyn Mercer: I happen ...
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Crazy Credits

The Paramount logo in the beginning has snow falling upon it. The end credits show scenes of each of the brother's past. Bobby is seen fighting in a hockey game and has the front of his teeth knocked out. Jeremiah is seen leading a worker's protest outside of a factory. Angel is seen trying to buy an airline ticket with a stolen credit card (once the clerk finds out, Angel runs away). Jack is seen playing the guitar and singing in a band (he waves his pierced tongue at his fans). See more »


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by Marvin Gaye & James Nyx
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of Motown Records
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This movie will get your attention and hold it
13 August 2005 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

One good thing Steven Spielberg has done for 21th century movies is to show the importance of starting things off with a bang rather than a whimper, something he learned from the old grade B films of the 30's, 40's, and 50's. So when director John Singleton begins "Four Brothers" he doesn't dwell on background material about how mom came to be the shining star for her boys. Singleton goes right for the jugular by showing mom's demise--I say showing, the viewer doesn't actually see the killing in the beginning. Singleton builds up the relationship between mom and the brothers step by step, letting a Detroit policeman, Lt. Green (Terrence Howard), introduce the four brothers as they show up for the funeral and become reacquainted. Not to give away the story, one heavy leads to another until the whole city of Detroit becomes a personification of corruption and evil. I loved the Motown music played throughout the film which was very apropos for the setting.

Even though the acting was first-rate throughout, I especially liked the performances given by Josh Charles as Detective Fowler and by Garrett Hedlund as Jack Mercer. I know Josh Charles has appeared in movies I have seen but I don't remember his acting standing out as it does in this film. Also Chiwetel Ejiofor was just right as the slimy egomaniac Victor Sweet--and what a name for a character this egregious.

The action is first rate and there is plenty of it from start to finish. Hold on to your seats for the scary gun battle between mom's boys hold up in her old house and Sweet's hired thugs. You won't be able to get out of your seat during this shoot-out.

I highly recommend this movie for fans of the genre. Others should enjoy it too.

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